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Melvins
Pinkus Abortion Technician

Being a Melvins fan for well over half of my life on this planet, despite the fact that recent albums have less than blown me away, I always check what they’re up to. Having done the two drummers thing, this time around they have two bass players on this record. Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, ...view item »

Melvins
Houdini

American noise (then) trio Melvins were named after a grocery store supervisor who was despised by the band member who worked under him. Houdini was their fifth studio album, and the first on major label Atlantic (who dropped them 2 albums later). Championed by grunge Gods Nirvana, 'Houdini' was essentially the band's break-through album. Reissu...view item »

Melvins
Stag

A welcome vinyl reissue of 1996's Stag; Melvins' 8th studio album and the last to be released on a major label (they were dropped by Atlantic the following year). American trio / sometimes four-piece Melvins were named after a supermarket supervisor that a band member worked under, and despised. Get yourself hooked up with this double gatef...view item »

Dale Crover
The Fickle Finger Of Fate

Dale Crover is, of course, one of the core members of sludge legends Melvins, and as such has about a thousand releases to his name. But The Fickle Finger Of Fate is the first time, in all those decades of music-making, that Dale has released a full-length solo album! This rare treat mi...view item »

Melvins
Live At Third Man Records

Now, it’s fair to say that I’ve not always sung the praises of Third Man Records. For a while there it looked like they’d settled into a modus operandi of putting out an endless stream of increasingly pointless novelty 7”s by “artists” like the ...view item »

Melvins
A Walk With Love & Death

The sticker fronting this new Melvins records promises good fortune and a newfound attractiveness to anyone who buys it, neither of which I believe can actually be guaranteed from listening to a double disc album of stodgy, slurpy sludge rock. Readying their patented slow for what I’ve got down as the twenty-fifth time, ‘A Walk With ...view item »

Melvins
Stoner Witch

Gatefold vinyl re-release from American noise band Melvins. 1994's 'Stoner Witch' was their second release on major label Atlantic, who dropped the band in 1997 and banned the group from releasing their follow-up 'Prick' under their own name when they took it to Reptile Records due to it being a bit experimental. 'Stoner Witch' remains a firm fa...view item »

Melvins
Hold It In

I'm only two songs into the new Melvins record and my mind is already blown, I'm not sure I'll make it through the full twelve today. Now boasting a quartet line-up which features Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers, 'Hold It In' is an explosion of creativity from the get go. Opener 'Bride o...view item »

Crystal Fairy
Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy is pretty much a heavy-and-complex-music supergroup, including two Melvins, Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In. Christ. Naturally, this muscular ble...view item »

Melvins
Basses Loaded

I’d like to dedicate this review to my housemate Vasili, who recently declared “Bullhead > Houdini” to the internet, full of pride in a conviction that faded with the setting of the sun. He later admitted he was wrong. Was he though, or do all Melvins records essentially do the same thing, making them all better than each ot...view item »

Mike & The Melvins
Three Men and a Baby

Here are the Melvins, everybody’s favourite stoner shrug band, well known for their slow songs and rash decisions (“Prick, let’s just call this record Prick, kay?”). They’re joined by guest doom merchant Mike Kunka, best known for playing the bass bits and the singy parts in godheadSilo...view item »

Jello Biafra with The Melvins
Never Breathe What You Can't See

Half the songs on here sound like Plastic Surgery Disasters-era Dead Kennedys. Which shouldn't be a surprise because the Melvins had offered to be Jello's backing band after the ex-Kennedys sued the crap out of him and reformed with a new singer (playing only the old songs) and right before Jello got his new band together. If you like the DKs or Je...view item »

Melvins
Across The USA In 51 Days: The Movie

Merchants of heavy sludge The Melvins evidently have a lot of stamina: not only have they been playing and releasing for many decades, they also undertook a 50 state US tour in 51 days back in 2012: wow. Across The USA In 51 Days: The Movie is just that, a document of that tour shot mostly on the band’s phones for...view item »

Melvins
The Bulls & The Bees + Electroretard

Sonically weighty favourites The Melvins here reissue a pair of out-of-print releases together: The Bulls & The Bees and Electroretard. Sludged riffs rule supreme here, as ever on Melvins records, and the tracklisting contains a few gems, like a cover of Pink Floyd...view item »

Melvins
Tres Cabrones

The MELVINS are busy lads. Eager to keep things interesting whilst maintaining their daft work ethic ‘Tres Cabrones’ sees Buzzo and Crover reunite with original drummer Mike Dillard under the guise of Melvins 1983. It’s not strict reunion as such but it’s a close as the lads are willing to get and, of course, having Dale ...view item »

Melvins
Everybody Loves Sausages

You always know what to expect with the Melvins, if that thing is something totally bloody weird and obnoxious and surprising. This time around, just like last time around, they’re doing something a bit different. This time, though, that something is playing other people’s songs with their famous ...view item »

Melvins
Freak Puke

This Melvins album isn’t really a Melvins album. Only it is. It’s not business as usual, though, as this time around they’re stripped down to a three-piece with Buzzo and Crover joined by ...view item »

Melvins
Joe Preston

As a close look at the cover art might reveal to you, this 1992 EP is part of Melvins’ tribute to Kiss, in which three members of the much-loved sludgelords each made a solo record to line-up with Kiss members’ solo records. Obviously, nobody will confuse the morass-thick rock-noise ...view item »

Melvins
Dale Crover

Dale Crover has assembled a surprisingly good collection of mind melting hard rock with this solo offering. Easily the heaviest of the three solo albums,and arguably the best. Although it's hard to say that for sure because each one of them has its own personality and sound. Dale Crover features singing from the quiet Melvin, and his songs exami...view item »

Melvins
King Buzzo

I walked into this one really expecting the heavy/fuzz laden Buzzo sound. I was actually surprised by the way this came off. In a way this is far more laid back than I could have imagined from King B. With that said, I really like the way this album is put together. I don't want anyone to think this one doesn't have its heavy spots...it definite...view item »

Jello Biafra with The Melvins
Sieg Howdy

In Sieg Howdy!, things are leaning towards a certain and indisputable single-minded album. It seems Jello learned how to put his burning speeches under the Melvins’ sludgy sound delivering some very powerful material of political doom! It is also apparent that Buzz Osborne has a better understanding of the unique style of Jello vocal expre...view item »

Melvins
The Maggot

This release is packed with what the Melvins are quite adept at: Variety. From the chilled zen of the Fleetwood Mac cover "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)" to the scraping bray of "Manky", no two songs are indistinguishable from each other. All the previously mentioned tracks are highlights, and are equally as powerful as less f...view item »

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The Bootlicker

One of The Melvins' better and weirder albums but the psych influence tends to be exaggerated (not nearly as psychedelic as I was expecting) and though part of the point of this album is they're consciously not going balls out with the rockage, I can't help waiting for the music to explode into sonic fury and it never does. It mostly produces an...view item »