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Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIMMelvins

Tres Cabrones


Dec 10, 2013 Melvins Bookmark and Share

Two alternating line-ups weren’t enough to keep them busy, so core duo Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have now formed a third concurrent incarnation of the hardest-working band in heavy rock. Alongside the eight-legged Big Business-assisted Melvins and the “Melvins Lite” trio with Trevor Dunn, Tres Cabrones sees Crover shift onto bass to make room for returning original drummer Mike Dillard. Some of this material resurrects the sneering, punkier spirit of early Melvins. Other cuts, e.g. “City Dump,” are riff-tastic chunks of Sabbath-infused art metal that could slot timelessly anywhere in the group’s dependably superb discography. Following April’s covers LP Everybody Loves Sausages, the goofball versions of “99 Bottles of Beer,” “You’re in the Army Now,” and “Tie My Pecker to a Tree” are inessential but, hey, at least they’re short. (

Author rating: 7/10

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