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Melvins - Stoner Witch (LP) - Vinyl Record LP

Melvins - Stoner Witch (LP)

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The second major label album from the Melvins is back on vinyl! 2016 gatefold reissue on 180g black vinyl.

Description

The early to mid-'90s proved the Melvins' golden age, and the three principal albums from that period -- Stoner Witch provides the centerpiece -- are virtually unassailable in their range, depth, power, and experimental courage. Picking up on the basic framework of Houdini, Stoner Witch resolves into an ear-catching workup of classic rock themes, tempered, of course, with a fairly judicious sampling of acid-trip detours. Where Houdini resided more in an expansive -- though lugubriously heavy -- metal vein, refining the techniques built up through the band's early struggles, Stoner Witch truly showcases the band at the apex of their wide-ranging creative abilities. The melodies -- yes, melodies -- work seamlessly with the ubiquitous chugging riffs; Buzzo's vocals, often reminiscent of a David Thomas (Pere Ubu) after a few weeks of no-nonsense boot camp, are sometimes quiet and reflective, and more often than not, positively Stentorian. And naturally, drummer Dale Crover's percussion and pounding behind the kit is astonishing, powerful, and daring. The album opens with the distorted thud of "Skweetis," the amps and cymbals washing well into red-line territory before yielding to a three-count of heavy-duty classic rock with "Queen," "Sweet Willy Rollbar," and "Revolve." From that point on, there is a deliberate sea-change, beginning with the faux-lounge tweaking of "Goose Freight Train," the nearly unlistenable Merzbow-noise of "Magic Pig Detective," and ultimately the hammer-down hardcore of "June Bug" sandwiched between two ambient tracks: "Shevil" and the album closer, "Lividity."

-All Music

Tracklist

A1 Skweetis
A2 Queen
A3 Sweet Willy Rollbar
A4 Revolve
A5 Goose Freight Train
A6 Roadbull
A7 At The Stake
B1 Magic Pig Detective
B2 Shevil
B3 June Bug
B4 Lividity

 

Original Release Year: 1994

Label: Third Man Records

Catalog #: TMR-296

Format: 12" Vinyl LP

Vinyl Color: Black

Condition: New

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