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Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: We go waaaaaay back, me and these here good ol’ Melvins boys, but not half as far back as the lineup on Tres Cabrones does: all the way back to 1983, in fact, with a lineup that is “as close we’re willing to get to the 1983 lineup”, to quote mainman and hairfarmer of legend Buzz Osborne.
With original drummer Mike Dillard back behind the kit, usual drumgod Dale Crover sits in for missing link Dan Lukin on bass. Crover is, of course, no stranger to stringed instruments, having fronted his own band Altamont across a handful of releases a few years back as guitarist and vocalist, and more than adequately fills the bass shoes with gusto, verve and much aplomb. Buzz is, well, Buzz – why change perfection?
Now, as something of a preamble to enthusiastically frothing over Tres Cabrones, I’m gonna espouse what may well be an unpopular view and say that whilst the four piece Melvins roster that has been in operation since the departure of last ‘permanent’ bassist Kevin Rutmanis in 2006 has been perhaps the best live incarnation of the band that I have ever seen, on record they made little to no impression on me – I am genuinely hard pressed to remember more than one or two riffs or vocal lines from any of the three studio albums that the foursome has made together – so I was over the bloody moon to hear my first taste of this Melvins 1983 lineup – via last years CDEP taster – and hear what is, to my jaded ears, a total return to form for Buzzo and Dale.
I’m of the opinion that Tres Cabrones – ‘three assholes’ in Spanish, fact-fans – is the most solid recording that the Melvins have made since 2004′s Pigs Of The Roman Empire collaboration with Lustmord and stylistically harkens back to the decidedly more rockist moves of 1999′s The Maggot.
It helps, naturally, that both of those recordings rank highly amongst my favourite Melvins records, but I’m sure (some of) you know where I’m coming from, right kids?
Tres Cabrones is, first and foremost, a rock album, with very little in the way of wilful experimentation. Admittedly, whilst it’s chock full of that sardonic Melvins humour that we all know and love, there are moments of out and out ridiculousness, but, silliness aside, there’s no real flab on these bones. Out of the twelve tracks present – of which two are covers – the lions share will rock your goddamn faces off.
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Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013
We handpicked some our favorite audio streams from the previous Roadburn Festivals. Listen to the audio streams for Wovenhand (2011), Comus (2010), Earthless (2008), Cult of Luna (2008), Current 93 (2008), Acid King (2007), The Melvins / Big Business (2007), Bohren und der club of Gore (2007), Chelsea Wolfe (2012) and […]
Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Ask several discerning Melvins fans which of the group’s two dozen (well, something like that, I’ve lost count!) albums they consider the best, you’ll most likely get several wildly different answers. But then this isn’t any “normal” rock group; this is the Melvins, credited with […]
Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from the Obelisk: The thing about the Melvins — nearly 30 years into their career and too many releases to count when you factor in live records, compilations, splits, tour-only specials, elaborately-presented box sets, etc. – is that you can really only compare them to themselves. And even […]
Posted on Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Our friends over at Kerrang! have done an actually rather splendid feature on the 50 heaviest records of all time. We put our heads together do our own top 20, and highlight a few they might have missed. 20. Acid Bath - When The Kite String Pops With the cover […]
Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2011
Hellfest have announced that they will be streaming a series of performances from this year’s Terrorizer tent! Starting today, pro-shot footage of Melvins June 17, 2011 concert at Hellfest can be viewed below. Every Friday you can check back to see performances from across the weekend. Continue reading: HELLFEST TO […]
Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
The votes are in, the points have been awarded and the math has been done. More than 150 of you have taken the time to forward your Top 10 list for the Roadburn Album of the Decade. Here then is your list (and a stunning list it is). It seems […]