Guitarist Ed Mundell has commented on his departure from MONSTER MAGNET. He said, "Firstly, I want to thank all of the MONSTER MAGNET fans for 18 years of friendship and support.
"I remember when I had to fill John McBain's shoes in 1992; I remember playing along with 'Spine Of God' and 'Medicine', and how thrilled I was to play those songs live. Jump forward 18 years and I am now looking forward to new musical collaborations with new producers, songwriters and musicians.
"While I am very proud of the immense volume of MONSTER MAGNET work we have achieved, I am excited to explore new musical ventures.
I look forward to you hearing my new work in the coming months.
"I love Dave [Wyndorf, MONSTER MAGNET mainman] and the guys like brothers and have no doubt we will collaborate in the future.
"I think the new album rocks; give it a listen."
MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf last week stated about Mundell's decision to leave the band, "What can I say? [Ed] told me this two months ago and I gave him some time for him to perhaps reconsider but no go. It's a bummer, yeah but we've been through this kind of thing before. Make no mistake, MAGNET goes on. We start[ed] the 'Mastermind' tour [on Wednesday, November 3] in Cologne, Germany with Phil Caivano and Garrett Sweeny [RIOTGOD] handling dual guitar chores."
About guitarist Garrett Sweeny, Wyndorf stated, "[He's] a maniac! He learned a fuckload of MONSTER MAGNET songs in less than two months and is shredding the shit out of 'em! See for yourself."
"Mastermind", the long-awaited new album from MONSTER MAGNET, sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 165 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous effort, "4-Way Diablo", opened with 1,800 units back in November 2007.
Available on Austria's Napalm Records, "Mastermind" was released as a regular CD with poster, limited digibook with two bonus tracks with poster and limited-edition box containing the digibook CD, USB stick with MONSTER MAGNET logo and exclusive video material (including a Dave Wyndorf interview from August 2010), wallpapers, ringtones, 17-track Napalm sampler and much more.
The "Mastermind" cover artwork was designed by Invisible Creature (WOLFMOTHER, CHRIS CORNELL, FOO FIGHTERS).