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The Melvins' founding drummer, Mike Dillard, left the band before they released a single album, and 30 years later he’s got his old job back. Drummer Dale Crover moves over to bass and Buzz Osbourne stays on guitar for another worthy addition to a catalog that’s never grown up. That’s a good thing. There's no need for middle-aged reflection when your appeal is pure sonic assault. Lead vocals come screeching out of “Doctor Mule,” one of several heavy riff tunes that a younger band can only dream about. There are plenty of hijinks as well. The “traditional” “Tie My Pecker to a Tree” appears to have been learned from Cheech & Chong’s version, and the classic camp sing-along “99 Bottles of Beer” starts as an earnest countdown before The Melvins lose their minds and decide to chant “beer” for the remainder of the track. “In the Army Now” ends up in similarly distraught territory. It’s up to the hard rock of “City Dump,” “American Cow,” the eight-plus minutes of “Dogs and Cattle Prods,” and “Psychodelic Haze” to get the heavy lifting done.

Customer Reviews

Great band

Still putting out great jams!

Hell yeah new Melvins.

Everything these guys do is killer. Love all Melvins.

It’s the Melvins, and that means...

…it’s amazing as always. There isn’t anything out there by the Melvins that isn’t worth having, and this one is no exception. I would not want to live in a world, or be able to handle a world without the sweet sounds this band creates. Here’s to thirty (and counting) years of some of the greatest music and live shows ever!


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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