MELVINS

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Melvins are an American band formed in Montesano, Washington in 1982.

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In the early days of their career their dark, heavy, oppressively slow sound made them innovators of genres like sludge, grunge and doom metal. Melvins' music is influenced by Flipper, Black Flag's My War-era hardcore punk and Black Sabbath-style heavy metal, but their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult. Singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne (aka "King Buzzo") and drummer Dale Crover are constant members while several bass guitarists have cycled through the group. Melvins usually performed as a trio until 2006 when two members of Big Business became permanent members of the band.

The band was named after a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano, Washington where Osborne was employed. Melvin was the most-hated fellow employee and the band felt it to be an appropriate name. Like SF noisenik predecessors Flipper, their
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MELVINS Discography

MELVINS albums / top albums

MELVINS Gluey Porch Treatments album cover 2.78 | 8 ratings
Gluey Porch Treatments
Sludge Metal 1987
MELVINS Ozma album cover 3.88 | 9 ratings
Ozma
Sludge Metal 1989
MELVINS Bullhead album cover 4.00 | 14 ratings
Bullhead
Sludge Metal 1991
MELVINS Lysol album cover 4.00 | 13 ratings
Lysol
Sludge Metal 1992
MELVINS Houdini album cover 4.24 | 20 ratings
Houdini
Sludge Metal 1993
MELVINS Prick album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Prick
Non-Metal 1994
MELVINS Stoner Witch album cover 4.12 | 12 ratings
Stoner Witch
Stoner Metal 1994
MELVINS Stag album cover 4.06 | 8 ratings
Stag
Sludge Metal 1996
MELVINS Honky album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Honky
Sludge Metal 1997
MELVINS The Maggot album cover 4.62 | 4 ratings
The Maggot
Sludge Metal 1999
MELVINS The Bootlicker album cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
The Bootlicker
Non-Metal 1999
MELVINS The Crybaby album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Crybaby
Metal Related 2000
MELVINS Electroretard album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
Electroretard
Sludge Metal 2001
MELVINS Hostile Ambient Takeover album cover 4.71 | 3 ratings
Hostile Ambient Takeover
Sludge Metal 2002
MELVINS Pigs Of The Roman Empire (with Lustmord) album cover 4.42 | 2 ratings
Pigs Of The Roman Empire (with Lustmord)
Sludge Metal 2004
MELVINS Never Breathe What You Can't See (with Jello Biafra) album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Never Breathe What You Can't See (with Jello Biafra)
Metal Related 2004
MELVINS Sieg Howdy (with Jello Biafra) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Sieg Howdy (with Jello Biafra)
Non-Metal 2005
MELVINS (A) Senile Animal album cover 4.25 | 8 ratings
(A) Senile Animal
Sludge Metal 2006
MELVINS Nude With Boots album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Nude With Boots
Sludge Metal 2008
MELVINS Chicken Switch album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Chicken Switch
Non-Metal 2009
MELVINS The Bride Screamed Murder album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Bride Screamed Murder
Sludge Metal 2010
MELVINS Freak Puke album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Freak Puke
Metal Related 2012
MELVINS Everybody Loves Sausages album cover 3.43 | 3 ratings
Everybody Loves Sausages
Metal Related 2013
MELVINS Tres Cabrones album cover 3.29 | 3 ratings
Tres Cabrones
Hard Rock 2013
MELVINS Hold It In album cover 3.67 | 2 ratings
Hold It In
Metal Related 2014
MELVINS Three Men And A Baby (with Mike Kunka) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Three Men And A Baby (with Mike Kunka)
Metal Related 2016
MELVINS Basses Loaded album cover 4.07 | 3 ratings
Basses Loaded
Sludge Metal 2016
MELVINS A Walk With Love & Death album cover 3.65 | 4 ratings
A Walk With Love & Death
Stoner Metal 2017
MELVINS Pinkus Abortion Technician album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Pinkus Abortion Technician
Stoner Rock 2018
MELVINS Working With God album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Working With God
Sludge Metal 2021

MELVINS EPs & splits

MELVINS Six Songs album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Six Songs
Sludge Metal 1986
MELVINS Deep Six album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deep Six
Sludge Metal 1986
MELVINS Outtakes from 1st 7 0.00 | 0 ratings
Outtakes from 1st 7" 1986
Sludge Metal 1989
MELVINS Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More
Sludge Metal 1989
MELVINS Melvins / Malfunkshun album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins / Malfunkshun
Sludge Metal 1990
MELVINS Dope-Guns-'N-Fucking in the Streets (Volume Five) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dope-Guns-'N-Fucking in the Streets (Volume Five)
Sludge Metal 1990
MELVINS Nirvana / Melvins album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nirvana / Melvins
Hard Rock 1991
MELVINS Eggnog album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eggnog
Sludge Metal 1991
MELVINS King Buzzo EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
King Buzzo EP
Sludge Metal 1992
MELVINS Joe Preston EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe Preston EP
Drone Metal 1992
MELVINS Dale Crover EP album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Dale Crover EP
Hard Rock 1992
MELVINS 13 Years Of Losing Money album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
13 Years Of Losing Money
Sludge Metal 1994
MELVINS Melvins / Guv'ner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins / Guv'ner
Non-Metal 1995
MELVINS Thora-Zine's Buzzo Flexo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thora-Zine's Buzzo Flexo
Sludge Metal 1995
MELVINS Subraum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Subraum
Sludge Metal 1995
MELVINS Melvins / Plainfield album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins / Plainfield
Sludge Metal 1995
MELVINS Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight Edit) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight Edit)
Sludge Metal 1996
MELVINS How-++-Harry Lauders Walking Stick Tree / Zodiac album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
How-++-Harry Lauders Walking Stick Tree / Zodiac
Sludge Metal 1996
MELVINS Melvins / Cosmic Psychos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins / Cosmic Psychos
Sludge Metal 1998
MELVINS Melvins / Patton Oswalt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins / Patton Oswalt
Non-Metal 2006
MELVINS Smash the State album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Smash the State
Sludge Metal 2007
MELVINS Melvins / Halo Of Flies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins / Halo Of Flies
Sludge Metal 2007
MELVINS Scion A/V Remix: Electric Flower album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Scion A/V Remix: Electric Flower
Non-Metal 2010
MELVINS Sludge Glamorous album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sludge Glamorous
Sludge Metal 2010
MELVINS Melvins / Isis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins / Isis
Sludge Metal 2010
MELVINS Suicide In Progress Live / Waning Divine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suicide In Progress Live / Waning Divine
Sludge Metal 2011
MELVINS Black Betty album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Betty
Hardcore Punk 2011
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 1
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 2
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS The Bulls & the Bees album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
The Bulls & the Bees
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS Melvins / Unsane album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins / Unsane
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 3
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 4
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS Post Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Post Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS Melvins / Seawhores album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins / Seawhores
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS 1983 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1983
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 5
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 6 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 6
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS New Years Eve Ball Room Blitz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Years Eve Ball Room Blitz
Sludge Metal 2012
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 7 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 7
Sludge Metal 2013
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 8 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 8
Sludge Metal 2013
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 9 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 9
Sludge Metal 2013
MELVINS 2013 Invasion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2013 Invasion
Sludge Metal 2013
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 10 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 10
Sludge Metal 2013
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 11 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 11
Sludge Metal 2014
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 12 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 12
Sludge Metal 2014
MELVINS How Chow Now Dead Cow? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
How Chow Now Dead Cow?
Sludge Metal 2014
MELVINS Bride Of Crankenstein album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bride Of Crankenstein
Sludge Metal 2014
MELVINS Hard Ons / Melvins album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Ons / Melvins
Sludge Metal 2014
MELVINS Beer Hippy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beer Hippy
Sludge Metal 2015
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 13 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live Split Series 13
Sludge Metal 2015
MELVINS Chaos As Usual album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chaos As Usual
Sludge Metal 2015
MELVINS War Pussy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
War Pussy
Sludge Metal 2016
MELVINS Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
Sludge Metal 2016
MELVINS High Desert Overdose album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
High Desert Overdose
Sludge Metal 2016
MELVINS Steven McDonald album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steven McDonald
Sludge Metal 2017
MELVINS Bash 17 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bash 17
Metal Related 2017
MELVINS Sabbath album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbath
Stoner Metal 2018
MELVINS Bangers (with Shitkid) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bangers (with Shitkid)
Metal Related 2019
MELVINS Hot Fish album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot Fish
Sludge Metal 2019
MELVINS Escape From LA album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Escape From LA
Sludge Metal 2019
MELVINS White Lazy Boy (with Mudhoney) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
White Lazy Boy (with Mudhoney)
Sludge Metal 2020
MELVINS Mullet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mullet
Sludge Metal 2020

MELVINS live albums

MELVINS Your Choice Live Series Volume 12 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Your Choice Live Series Volume 12
Sludge Metal 1991
MELVINS Live Tora Tora Tora Tour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Tora Tora Tora Tour
Sludge Metal 1995
MELVINS Alive At The Fucker Club album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alive At The Fucker Club
Sludge Metal 1998
MELVINS Live At Slim's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Slim's
Sludge Metal 2000
MELVINS Colossus Of Destiny album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Colossus Of Destiny
Metal Related 2001
MELVINS Millennium Monsterwork (with Fantômas) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Millennium Monsterwork (with Fantômas)
Avant-garde Metal 2002
MELVINS The End album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The End
Sludge Metal 2005
MELVINS Houdini Live 2005: A Live History Of Gluttony and Lust album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Houdini Live 2005: A Live History Of Gluttony and Lust
Sludge Metal 2006
MELVINS Melvins vs Minneapolis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins vs Minneapolis
Sludge Metal 2008
MELVINS Pick Your Battles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pick Your Battles
Sludge Metal 2009
MELVINS Endless Residency album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Endless Residency
Sludge Metal 2011
MELVINS Sugar Daddy Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Daddy Live
Sludge Metal 2011
MELVINS The Melvins Live at Third Man Records album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Melvins Live at Third Man Records
Sludge Metal 2013

MELVINS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MELVINS Houdini Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Houdini Demos
Sludge Metal 1992
MELVINS Melvins album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvins
Sludge Metal 1993
MELVINS Lizzy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lizzy
Sludge Metal 1994
MELVINS Queen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Queen
Sludge Metal 1994
MELVINS Revolve album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Revolve
Sludge Metal 1994
MELVINS Bar-X-The Rocking M album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bar-X-The Rocking M
Sludge Metal 1996

MELVINS re-issues & compilations

MELVINS 10 Songs (8 Songs) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
10 Songs (8 Songs)
Sludge Metal 1986
MELVINS Singles 1-12 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles 1-12
Sludge Metal 1997
MELVINS The Trilogy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trilogy
Sludge Metal 2000
MELVINS 26 Songs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
26 Songs
Sludge Metal 2003
MELVINS Melvinmania: The Best Of The Atlantic Years 1993-1996 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melvinmania: The Best Of The Atlantic Years 1993-1996
Sludge Metal 2003
MELVINS Neither Here nor There album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Neither Here nor There
Sludge Metal 2004
MELVINS Mangled Demos From 1983 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Mangled Demos From 1983
Hardcore Punk 2005
MELVINS The Making Love Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Making Love Demos
Sludge Metal 2007
MELVINS Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Box Set
Sludge Metal 2010
MELVINS The Bulls & The Bees + Electroretard album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bulls & The Bees + Electroretard
Sludge Metal 2015
MELVINS Ozma / Bullhead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ozma / Bullhead
Sludge Metal 2015
MELVINS Eggnog / Lice All album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eggnog / Lice All
Sludge Metal 2015
MELVINS Clown Tribute Series Full Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clown Tribute Series Full Box Set
Sludge Metal 2016
MELVINS KISS Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
KISS Set
Sludge Metal 2017
MELVINS The Maggot & The Bootlicker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Maggot & The Bootlicker
Sludge Metal 2019
MELVINS Hostile Ambient Besides album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hostile Ambient Besides
Sludge Metal 2020

MELVINS singles (53)

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Oven / Revulsion
Sludge Metal 1987
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Your Blessened
Sludge Metal 1990
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Love Canal / Someday
Sludge Metal 1990
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With Yo' Heart, Not Yo' Hands
Sludge Metal 1990
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Yuthanagia
Sludge Metal 1990
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Night Goat
Sludge Metal 1992
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Honey Bucket
Sludge Metal 1993
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Hooch / Sky Pup
Sludge Metal 1993
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Sawed Off
Sludge Metal 1993
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Hag Me
Sludge Metal 1994
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Bar-X-the Rocking M
Sludge Metal 1996
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Lexicon Devil / Pigtro
Non-Metal 1996
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In The Rain / Spread Eagle
Sludge Metal 1996
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Leech / Queen
Sludge Metal 1996
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Way Of The World / Theme
Sludge Metal 1996
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It's Shoved / Forgotten Principles
Sludge Metal 1996
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GGIIBBYY / Theresa Screams
Sludge Metal 1996
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Poison / Double Troubled
Sludge Metal 1996
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Specimen / All At Once
Sludge Metal 1996
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Jacksonville / Dallas
Sludge Metal 1996
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Interstellar Overdrive
Sludge Metal 1996
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The Bloat / Fast Forward
Sludge Metal 1996
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Nasty Dog And Funky Kings / HDYF
Sludge Metal 1996
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Barbaraal 1
Hard Rock 1997
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The Bit
Sludge Metal 1997
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Shit Sandwich ... and you just took a bite
Non-Metal 2001
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Black Stooges / Foaming (Fast version)
Sludge Metal 2003
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Dr. Geek / Return of Spiders
Sludge Metal 2003
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Little Judas Chongo /Jerkin' Krokus
Sludge Metal 2003
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The Fool, the Meddling Idiot / Promise Me
Sludge Metal 2003
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Brain Center At Whipples / Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
Sludge Metal 2003
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Foaming / Arny
Sludge Metal 2003
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The Anti-Vermin Seed
Sludge Metal 2003
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Revolve
Sludge Metal 2003
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Message Saved / Thank You!
Sludge Metal 2004
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Pigskin / Starve Already
Sludge Metal 2006
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Star Spangled Banner / Detroit Rock City
Sludge Metal 2008
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Hurray For Me Fuk You
Sludge Metal 2010
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Gaylord
Sludge Metal 2013
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A Tribute To Venom
Sludge Metal 2013
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A Tribute To The Scientists
Sludge Metal 2013
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Billy Fish Alive
Sludge Metal 2013
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A Tribute To The Kinks
Sludge Metal 2013
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A Tribute To Pop-O-Pies / Tales Of Terror
Sludge Metal 2013
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A Tribute To Roxy Music
Sludge Metal 2013
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I Told You I Was Crazy / Tie My Pecker To A Tree
Sludge Metal 2013
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A Tribute To David Bowie
Sludge Metal 2014
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A Tribute To Queen
Sludge Metal 2014
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A Tribute To The Jam
Sludge Metal 2015
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A Tribute To Throbbing Gristle
Sludge Metal 2015
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Rebel Girl
Sludge Metal 2015
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Euthanasia
Sludge Metal 2016
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Jam In The Van
Sludge Metal 2017

MELVINS movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Salad Of A Thousand Delights
Sludge Metal 1992
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Kentish Town Forum - London 1st May 2006 (with Fantômas)
Avant-garde Metal 2008

MELVINS Reviews

MELVINS Six Songs

EP · 1986 · Sludge Metal
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While bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden often erroneously get credited for the advent of grunge and alternative forms of metal, in reality another Washington act like Montesano’s MELVINS was taking elements of hardcore punk, classic rock and heavy metal and mixing it all together as early as 1983 when the band was formed by longtime members Buzz Osbourne (vocals, guitars) and Dale Crover (drums) both of whom have been in the band since its formation.

In addition to the alternative grunge scene that would take the world by storm a decade alter, MELVINS were also instrumental in forging sludge metal which has become quite popular in the last few decades as it successfully bridged the gap between hardcore punk and doom metal with its heavily distorted guitar sounds and contrasting slow-down tempos that together offered a unique abrasiveness hitherto unknown in the world of heavy metal.

The band took a few years to hone its sound but by 1986 it unleashed its first release in the form of the EP titled 6 SONGS which threw the disparate genera of hardcore punk, noise rock, grunge and doom metal into the cauldron and crafted the very first example sludge metal at least sludge metal that was fully developed as punk bands like Black Flag often are cited as offering the first clues of where extreme punk and metal were heading.

6 SONGS was originally released as a vinyl 7” and was followed by another EP titled “10 Songs” in 1991 and eventually were released together as the compilation “26 Songs” in 2003. While this EP does play an important role in developing the sludge metal style historically speaking, what is offered here is more akin to unpolished DIY garage punk that incorporated some doom metal elements to make it stand out from any other release of the era and for that it is revered far and wide for its innovative out of the box thinking.

As an entertaining listening experience though i don’t personally find it very satisfying as it is poorly recorded and the tracks aren’t very developed. Not that that’s a bad thing but i’m not a huge MELVINS fan to begin with and there is nothing on this unpolished first offering that particularly stands out as outstanding craftsmanship. As a key pivotal moment in metal history, 6 SONGS is truly noteworthy and should be experienced by all who are interested in the phylogeny of sludge metal but honestly if you’re looking for a primo sludge metal experience you’d have to fast forward to 90s when bands like Neurosis, Acid Bath, Eyehategod and even the MELVINS itself took the subgenre in more interesting directions.

MELVINS Gluey Porch Treatments

Album · 1987 · Sludge Metal
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A milestone release, as there have been a couple very sludgy albums prior to this one (namely the B side of My War, Black Dust and Gore’s catalogue) but this is probably the first fully formed Sludge Metal album. It’s a disgustingly heavy, ploddingly aggressive mess, the kind that would have easily freaked people out back in the 80’s. Melvins basically take the aggression and anger of Hardcore Punk and slow it way down, adding in a bit of experimental elements and metallic sheen and go at it. For such slow music, a ton of tracks are incredibly short (there’s that punk influence) and despite there being 18 of them, the whole thing is very consistent.

The kind of album where you either love it all the way through, or it doesn’t do anything for you. I appreciate what they were doing here, but early Sludge Metal just doesn’t have enough going on for me. Without memorable riffs, Sludge tends to rely on atmosphere and delivery, but neither had been developed in the genre at this point, so the release falls flat on my ears.

MELVINS Ozma

Album · 1989 · Sludge Metal
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The second best grunge album of 1989.

Out of all of the classic 80's and 90's Melvins albums, Ozma seems to go past the radar, being stuck between the groundbreaking Gluey Porch Treatments and the classic Bullhead. However, I've always felt that Ozma shows the band at their grungiest and sludgiest best.

Most of the songs are short, with only two songs going over 3 minutes, but shattering. Dale Crover's drumming lumbers along and is straight to the point, but thunderously powerful. Don't know if it's the production, how much force he's using, or both, but I'd say this is one of the heaviest drum sounds I've heard on any album. Special mention to the cymbal tapping of Revulsion / We Reach, the relatively quiet tapping makes the pounding that much more effective.

Buzz's dooming power riffing and Lori Black's heavy bass also drawls along, and the former's always eccentric vocal styling creates the definitive Melvins experience. Just turn on opener Vile, and you'll know what you're in for. Other favorite tracks include Oven, Green Honey, instrumental Love Thing, and the fantastic grunge sludge cover of The Cars' Candy-O.

Short and sludgy at it's finest.

MELVINS A Walk With Love & Death

Album · 2017 · Stoner Metal
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"A Walk With Love & Death" is the 25th full-length studio album by US hard/heavy rock act Melvins. The album was released through Ipecac Recordings in July 2017. It´s the successor to "Basses Loaded" from 2016. While "Basses Loaded" is an album featuring material compiled from various recording sessions during the last decade, "A Walk With Love & Death" features freshly written new material.

"A Walk With Love & Death" is a double album release. The first part of the album is titled "Death" and the second part of the album is titled "Love". The "Death" part of the album (tracks 1-9) are individual tracks in the usual hard/heavy rock style that Melvins have played for now many years, while the "Love" part of the album (tracks 10-23) is the soundtrack to a short film by Jesse Nieminen, titled "A Walk With Love & Death". The album features various guest performances, but the main tracks were recorded by the three-piece lineup of King Buzzo (Guitar, Vocals, Theremin, Modular Synth, Assorted Noise), Dale Crover (Drums, Vocals, Assorted Noise), Steven McDonald (Bass, Vocals, Assorted Noise).

The heavy/hard rock part of the album is pretty standard quality Melvins. Some tracks stand out a bit more than others, but the "Death" part of the album is generally pretty consistent in quality and style. I´d mention tracks like "Euthanasia" and "Christ Hammer" as some of the highlights, but they aren´t major standout tracks. Overall it´s not Melvins as their best, but certainly not at their worst either, and the "Death" part of the album is generally entertaining enough.

The "Love" part of the album is another story. Some soundtrack albums feature "regular" vers/chorus pop/rock material and maybe some atmospheric sound collages/experiments, voice samples, and assorted noises (there are plenty of examples, but I´d mention "More (1969)" and "Obscured by Clouds (1972)" by Pink Floyd to make my point), but Melvins have opted to only include the latter type of material on the "Love" part of the album (with a few exceptions where they break the sound collage style with something which resembles regular songs). It´s probably an aquired taste if this type of music is something a listener can appreciate, but if enjoy atmospheric sound collages, you may be able to enjoy the 14 tracks on this part of the album.

Personally I find the "Love" part of the album completely redundant, and although the "Death" part of the album is good quality heavy/hard rock and "A Walk With Love & Death" features a well sounding organic production and Melvins are as always distinct sounding and very well playing, I have to evaluate "A Walk With Love & Death" as a full product, and in that regard the soundtrack part of the album does drag my rating down. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

MELVINS A Walk With Love & Death

Album · 2017 · Stoner Metal
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There are two things you can be certain of when it comes to a Melvins album. The first is that there will be big, fat, warm, fuzzy grooves within. The second is, it’s gonna be a bit fuckin’ weird too. “A Walk With Love and Death” delivers just that. In fact, this is a double album, with the “Love” disc being the soundtrack to Jesse Nieminen’s short film, “A Walk with Love & Death”, just to confuse things a little more. The “Death” disc is a more conventional Melvins album. Well, as conventional as The Melvins ever get, that is.

So… Let’s start with “Death”. “Black Heath” kicks off the album, suitably laid back, with a cool bass line, snappy drums, and a little distortion on the vocals, like a whacked out C.O.C. It is pleasant, and unchallenging, a nice way to start an album, and a nice way to lure you into a false sense of security. “Sober-delic” continues in a similar vein, like King Buzzo and the gang were particularly blissed out when they recorded this. However, the vocals are cleaner and a bit more menacing, and finally someone steps on an effects pedal, and there’s some proper amplified guitars. The pace is still pedestrian, but the song hints at heavier things to come. A dirty echoing solo pulls it all together nicely. Yep, this is sounding like The Melvins.

Third track “Eunthanasia” removes any doubt. It kicks straight in with the famous fuzzy guitar, the understated, yet powerful riffs, and the oblique lyrics. It is still a Mogadon shuffle of a song, but a screaming, discordant lead guitar scythes through it, and destroys any pretence of this being a song to nod out to.

“What’s Wrong With You?” sounds like what a long lost mutant Beatles demo might have sounded like if The Beatles had formed in Seattle in 1986. “Edgar The Elephant” and “Flaming Creature” are both reasonably typical tweaked out stoner tracks, while “Christ Hammer” has a hard edged, Clutch-esque sound with a lush psychedelic chorus as counter-point. The big, fat groove of “Cardboa Negro” ties up all the loose ends, and eventually winds down like a wind-up toy coming to the end of the kinetic energy being released from its spring.

It’s all good mind-bending, warped fun. It’s a THC trip for the non-stoner, or a picture of a hallucination for a mind firmly rooted in reality, and like any really good album, leaves you wanting more.

However, that’s as far as fuzzy grooves go. It’s time for “Love”, which has more of an ambient/incidental/experimental feel. Yes, it’s still weird, like only The Melvins can do weird, but it’s mood music, and after “Death”, the change of mood is not so much jarring as dissatisfying. It’s all well and good, and very creative and clever, but is probably better suited for a separate listening at a different time.

Anyway, how do you describe a movie soundtrack? Well, basically, this paints pictures in your mind. There’s minor confusion (“Aim High”), unsettling menace (“Queen Powder Party”), and tension building to terror (“Street Level St Paul”). Indistinct ghost in the machine voices run through the soundtrack, on the edge of conscious understanding, but remaining subliminal gibberish. “Give It To Me” pops up like a lysergic acid diethylamide version of The Monkees. “Eat Yourself Out” is a less-horrific-Throbbing-Gristle exercise in loops and noise, perhaps leaning toward something like Bastard Noise. “Scooba” is a fucked-up beatnik interlude, with a freaky jazz bassline- hey cats, bring on the reefer, the beret, and the upright double bass!

Large parts of the soundtrack eschew the more traditional instruments, instead throwing in theremin and synths, along with what is described as “assorted noise”, so fuck only knows how those sounds were made. Guitar, bass, and drums occasionally poke through, but often buried under layers of soundscape, or as incidental distortion.

The whole effect of “Love” is disturbing and compelling at the same time, but perhaps most importantly, creates a strong desire to see what the fuck is actually going on and what visuals match these sounds. It is by no means an easy listen, and not necessarily rewarding either. For most listeners, it will not get near as many repeat spins as “Death”. It is probably a good thing “Love” was attached to “Death”, because for all of The Melvin’s past exercises in weirdness and off the wall oddity, “Love” may just have been too much to handle as a stand-alone album.

So there you go. If you thought you had The Melvins nailed down, you may as well have been trying to nail a plate of spaghetti Bolognese to the wall.

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