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Melvins – The Bride Screamed Murder

Melvins – The Bride Screamed Murder

The Melvins are pioneers of the roaring amp torture that’s resounded in every Northwestern guitar for the last twenty-odd years. Purveyors of the ’68 Birmingham clang bang clang doom that’s horrified generations to this day (even aping Ozzy’s gibbering monster). Punk as fuck. Metal as hell. Bombastic and steadfast in all they do which can make them a glorious pain in the ass. They are equal parts Damaged and The Process of Weeding Out, Love Gun and Dynasty. As adept at a capella as they are at Third Mind field recordings or whirling speed freakouts or battery-draining dirges to nowhere at a salted snail’s pace. They can whip out a cover of “Venus in Furs” as swiftly as they deliver “The Star Spangled Banner”.

They are all things to all bands or they are nothing much at all.

It always depended on the record (remember Prick?). The label. The tour. For a while it seemed as if they were at the whim of their tormented bass player.

Now, all that’s past. They’re on Ipecac. They’ve swallowed Big Business. And so, it would seem, that the Melvins have arrived at an inconceivable end.


From the devastating crash that opens “The Water Glass” to the haunting gentility of “P.G. X 3” The Bride Screamed Murder is a singular and goddamn thoughtful endeavor. It is a record, not a tantrum. Not a test. No artful finger in the face of us suckers living their lives on the wrong end of consumerism.

Don’t get me wrong. The Melvins remain the sweaty bastard sons of the Mothers of Invention. Grandiose. Absurd. Obscure. But, they aren’t fucking with us anymore. They don’t have to. We’re here. It took a young lifetime of unstoppable drive but it was worth it.


We are blessened.

Melvins – The Bride Screamed Murder, reviewed by Charles on 2010-08-02T12:40:40-07:00 rating 4.4 out of 5

One Response about “Melvins – The Bride Screamed Murder”

  • Sillers says:

    As a long time Melvins fan, they continue to impress. I have loved the last few – Nude with Boots and A Senile Animal. The Bride Screams Murder is interesting and growing on me but I have to say it isn’t kicking my ass. I want my ass to be kicked when I listen to the Melvins. Maybe it will get stronger but I’d give it a 3 star. Rock On Chucky.