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Whether conceived as a well-crafted musical prank, homage, or method of seeing what each member could cough up, the Melvins mirrored Kiss in endeavoring solo albums by everyone in the band. And, like Kiss, the Melvins employed the same cover art style and lettering. Hmmm? Perhaps an homage, or joke, it's tough to tell. King Buzzo is the strongest of the three, and certainly the most akin to an actual Melvins album. "Isabella" opens with a pummeling, repeated drum line, some distorted guitar chugging, and Buzzo vocalizing something over the maelstrom. Track two is a strange, quasi-industrial loop; while "Annum" is a slight piece of understated pop. The final track, like track one, benefits from similarly loud drumming, although the vocals are in narrative form. Who provides that narration and drumming? Why, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, who had known Buzzo for quite some time. Oddly enough, here he is credited as Dale Nixon, due to legal issues with Nirvana's label, Geffen. As an interesting note, Dale Nixon was the name Black Flag used on My War for the bass player who wasn't: Greg Ginn played both guitar and bass, but credited the mysterious, non-existent Dale Nixon with that duty.


Formed: 1985 in Aberdeen, WA

Genre: Rock

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. While some may find the Melvins dull and repetitious,...
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