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Melvins - "The Bride Screamed Murder" (CD)

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"The Bride Screamed Murder" track listing:

1. The Water Glass
2. Evil New War God
3. Pig House
4. I’ll Finish You Off
5. Electric Flower
6. Hospital Up
7. Inhumanity and Death
8. My Generation?
9. P.G. x 3

Reviewed by on June 15, 2010

"The Melvins’s latest venture 'The Bride Screamed Murder' is as varied and strange as ever."

The Melvins are known for one-of-a-kind music that has been classified as everything from metal to pop to jazz. But the truth is that many styles of music make up the sound that numerous bands credit as influential. The Melvins’s latest venture “The Bride Screamed Murder” is as varied and strange as ever. In the blink of an eye, the heavy sludge transforms into a jazzy drum solo. It will definitely keep you on your toes, wondering what you’re going to hear next.

Vocalist and guitarist King Buzzo uses a different vocal style for every song. In the opening track “The Water Glass,” after a sludgy opening and a drum solo, the group chants, “Here we go” and other phrases reminiscent of an 80’s pop song. On the guitar he plays many styles of music, from his psychedelic/surfer solo in “Pig House” and incredibly heavy sludge guitar in “The Water Glass,” to a bluesy cover of The Who’s “My Generation?” A simple, one-note feedback in the very strange song “P.G. x 3,” while a person slowly counts, makes the track eerie.

The drums are the most amazing part of the album. The two drummers Dale Crover and Coady Willis have an incredible syncopated improvisational style that makes the many drum solos stand out against the many different musical backgrounds. The work in “The Water Glass” and “Evil New War God” are notable for their freestyle drum solos. But the most impressive thing is the use of stereo for the two drum sets. In “I’ll Finish You Off,” the drummers duel on either side of your speakers, putting you in the middle of the action.

Not only are the regular subjects strange, there are other instruments present on the album as well. A harmonica opens “P.G. x 3” with a jagged solo. A spooky old organ turns the ending of the rock song “Evil New War God” into a haunted carnival. Each song on this album has its own character and each is completely different and awesome in its own way, but “The Bride Screamed Murder” is all the Melvins.

Highs: Lots of different kinds of music going on.

Lows: They can always use more sludge.

Bottom line: The Melvins are as strange as always with the incredibly interesting and different "The Bride Screamed Murder."

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)