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Houdini

Melvins

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Album Review

To essay a concise, surefooted summation of the Melvins' catalog would be reductive at best, and laughable at worst. This is, of course, underground rock's trio of pranksters — unpredictable and capable of complete musical about-faces in the turn of a measure. That said, Houdini is about as close as one gets to a representative Melvins album, and it vividly captures the band's unreconstructed power, vision, and musical strangeness. During the early-'90s purge of hair rock and candy-footed funk metal, the Melvins, as with many other acts, seemed fair game for a major label in search of another post-Nirvana gold mine. With Kurt Cobain's assistance, the band was snatched up — and summarily dropped (after three brilliant albums, this being the first) — by Atlantic. Though Houdini's immediate predecessors, Eggnog and Bullhead, pried open a few screwball chasms in the Melvins' syrupy distillation of Sabbath riffage and Flipper's noisy anti-punk, it was this album that displayed the full fruition of the outfit's sonic breadth, from the cough-syrup river drag of "Night Goat" to the revved-up "Honey Bucket," and from the creepy "Joan of Arc" to the glue-damaged "Sky Pup." Ringleader King Buzzo's riffs are stretched — taffy-like — to meltdown, and at other times they are razor sharp. Either way, they abound with a lumbering, lurching power. With their voluminous output and determination to continuously expand their sound regardless of musical trends, the Melvins oeuvre has begun to rival — at least on paper — the career arcs of Frank Zappa and Neil Young.

Customer Reviews

A work of art

This truly is one of my favourite albums of all time, this just shows how good the melvins really are. While original, the Melvins take bits from so many classic metal bands (Sabbath, Kiss), and still promote their fast past, Punk upbingings as shown in Honey Bucket. King Buzzo has really outdone himself this time. The Melvins secret weapon once again as their incredible stick-man Dale Crover. An amazing album. I would tell anybody whether they are into punk or Metal to BUY THIS ALBUM GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the one to get

If in the ninties you shut youself off from anything that is good in music i'm afraid you missed this , It's an absolute classic. If you just got into the melvins and havn't got this ..... GET IT ..... NOW . It's an absolute masterpiece without doubt one of the greatest albums ever to come out of a recording studio........ But thats my oppinion!

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Aberdeen, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Melvins were the first post-punk band to revel in the slow, sludgy sounds of Black Sabbath. Their music is oppressively slow and heavy, only without any of the silly mystical lyrics or the indulgent guitar solos; it's just one massive, oozing pile of dark slime. The Melvins' first record was released in 1987; they've released many albums since then, but it wasn't until 1993 that they went to a major label, thanks to their protégé, Kurt Cobain....
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