If someone in the heavens, most likely a highly disturbed individual, were to conduct an audio time lapse experiment with a huge crusty old glacier…The Melvins is what it would sound like. Creeping, dirty , and rumbling…like your uncle’s Dodge. Except The Melvins don’t smell like pork rinds on the inside. On second thought, that would be dependant upon which album you were listening to. Bullhead is a masterpeice…released in 1991, and full of northwest grit. Huge like only The Melvins can be.
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Bullhead gurgles like a drowning poodle dog. It arises from the sloppy depths of muck stomping harder than Godzilla. The Melvins move like a tectonic plate subduction zone sucking everything down in its path. Buzz, Dale and Lorax will crush you into undifferentiated tissue.
the melvins are quite possibly the heaviest band in the world. These are the guys who invented sludge rock. From start to finish this album is a definite head ripper offer. it all starts with “boris” which is a 9 minute massacre of supreme sludge. And it ends with “cow” which features a 4 minute awesome drum solo from mr. dale crover. The highlighs in between are “anaconda”,”it’s shoved”, and “zodiac”. Which really make you remember a cross between the stooges and black sabbath. and if you like the melvins you will love acid king.
Oh my. This album is the heaviest album I have ever heard. The whole album sounds like this – imagine having your feet glued to the ground and a giant 8 ton rock is slowly crushing your body. Pretty damn heavy, right? This album makes Black Sabbath sound like The Beatles. And I LOVE Black Sabbath!
But seriously, folks. You have to get your hands on this album. And I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISTENING TO THIS ALBUM IN A ROOM AS DARK AS YOU CAN GET IT. Turn it way up. Wayyy up. The experience might frighten you, but it is soo great. There were times during the album when I just had to shake my head in disbelief – this is TOO heavy. How can people make music like this?
Let’s take Boris. Massively heavy riff repeating throughout the song. And Dale Crover’s drums is basically one big fill. You actually cannot tap your foot or bang your head to this because of the magnificent Crover. Just try to, then give up, frustrated.
Other brilliant tunes include Anaconda and Ligature – just BRUTALLY heavy. It’s Shoved has the same riff as Nirvana’s “Milk It”, except theirs has pauses in the riff, this one is just walking. This album came out 2 years before they did Milk It, so… Zodiac and Your Blessened are good. Buzz does some good tortured vocals on one of these tunes (can’t remember actually, too busy drooling over the heavy guitar and bass). If I Had an Exorcism might be the tortured vocals one, actually. I THINK IT IS. That one is short, I believe. Your Blessened is good. They all are. Cow is one of the standouts – one of the best drum solos I’ve ever heard. However, ‘Toad’ and ‘Moby Dick’ are better (even though they both are the exact same thing – hooky pop riff, really long drum solo, hooky pop riff.) This thing is just massive pile of sludge riff and awesome drum solo. Dale Crover is not a fast, extremely technical drummer like Neil Peart (wanker). Frankly, Crover could kill him. Dale is just wailing on the drums. He’s like a heavy handed brute who’s been given a drum set and some sticks.
Brilliant album. If you like music that’s so powerful you might get scared, buy this. Hell, if you have ears, buy this. Or download it, or get it burned from one of your friends, I don’t care. ACQUIRE THIS ALBUM.
The Melvins are one of the greatest examples of what modern post punk metal is and should be. It’s about the “slow grind”, Black Sabbath slowed down to 16RPM (Remember those old record players). Buzz Osbourne’s guitar is HEAVY, dark and vicious, and free of solos, sort of like The Ramoes overdosed on Quaaludes. Dale Crover is one of the greatest rock drummers and maybe the best today in my opinion; sometimes providing the only changes (rhythmically) over droning, heavilly distorted guitar riffs. Bullhead is among their best records.