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Buzz Osborne started The Melvins some 30 years ago, and in all that time he's stayed true to the trio and never strayed. Releasing nearly 30 albums of heavy, sludgy punk-metal has made The Melvins one of the longest-running bands of the first punk wave (or postpunk, depending on your definition). So Osborne’s first solo album—an acoustic one, at that—was more than a small surprise. He succeeds in avoiding the clichés of churning out a “50th generation of Woody Guthrie” (“Who needs it?”). Instead, the first strains of the opening track, “Dark Brown Teeth,” sound like a loose string on a huge tin can, tuned to some warped, bottomless deviation from E, and Osborne’s voice enters, distant and dreamy. The psychedelic veneer continues on “Rough Democracy,” but Osborne takes a slightly doomier, threatening tone. This Machine tumbles along—ragged, rough, and (remarkably) agreeable at moments. His aggressive playing and meaty riffs have surprising appeal in acoustic form. Kudos to the King for charming his subjects anew.

Customer Reviews

All hail the king!

Amazing as always, do it!

A legacy

Since the beginning, Buzz has been releasing one of a kind face melting, melodic, experimental, ambient, trippy, rocking, annoying, musical perfection. Hands down my favorite artist, and Melvins are my favorite band. Get this album now, you won't be dissapointed and if you are, you don't deserve it!


I love the way this album is stripped down, just straight to the core. A must for any fan of The King.


Born: March 25, 1964 in Montesano, WA

Genre: Alternative

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

King Buzzo is the stage name used by Buzz Osborne (born Roger Osborne), best known as the lead guitarist with the Melvins, long-running proponents of the louder side of the alternative rock scene whose embrace of heavy guitars, big riffs, and slower tempos made them one of the key precursors of grunge. Osborne was born in the small Pacific Northwest town of Montesano, Washington on March 25, 1964, and he grew up on a diet of '70s arena rock, in particular Black Sabbath, Kiss, Aerosmith, and the Who....
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