ALBUM REVIEW: The Melvins – Basses Loaded | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Ipecac Recordings

Released: 03.06.16





An incredibly base/bass-heavy concept album from the Stooges of grunge, The Melvins make use of six bass players (including Nirvana’s lanky groove-master Krist Novoselic) to thrash out some baseball-inspired doses of primal sludge.

Buzz Osbourne, as always, is an utter beast of nature who continues to be mightier than the thousands of flannel-clad six-string thrashers that he’s responsible for influencing, hurling out plenty of good, old-fashioned dissonance.

They sound utterly timeless here, from the bone-chewing/ear-drum-bursting colossus of Beer Hippie to the glam garage stomp of What I Want To Tell You and the goofy, drum-machine propelled Shaving Cream.

These songs are dextrous and snarling, but never, ever boring. Basses Loaded is frenetic, ridiculous, unapologetic, glorious entertainment.

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