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The Melvins - A Senile Animal
To be honest this is the first record of The Melvins that I bought and own, so I cannot really relate to their previous efforts. This one however has started an era of collecting their material, which might take a while considering there are over twenty releases. But now there is A Senile Animal and it rocks!
Before I review the disc I must mention that the line-up for this disc is quite something. Not only are there two drummers present, but one of them and the bassist come from the band Big Business. Those two guys are also the only two members of Big Business, of whom the bassist was formerly active in Karp, before one of the members of that particular band got killed in a boating accident. How horrible can life be. But the point I’m trying to make here is the fact that those two guys have a significant impact on the sound The Melvins have on A Senile Animal. And the sound they have is stoner rock with some experimental rhythmic twists. Something that always comes to my liking. Especially when accompanied by a four-vocal attack!
Well the fact that there are two drummers already makes this a very interesting release. I saw that drummer of The Melvins with The Fantômas/Melvins Big Band earlier this year, and he could compete very well with the next to him seated and drumming Dave Lombardo. So two of those weirdo’s drumming synchronized on this album is quite something.
Although the album lasts little over fourty minutes, a whole lot is happening. While most songs are short rock songs with incredible grooves in it, like my favourite of the album ‘A History Of Drunks’, there are also some slow depressing opuses that last longer and suck you into a bottomless void. Amazing!
The more I listen to this record, the more I start to freak out over it. Especially that Big Business rock influence really gets me going. If you are sick and tired of the same conventional rock stuff over and over, try this for a change. There’s a lot more where this comes from!
The Melvins - A Senile Animal
90/1001Details Ipecac Recordings
Released on Tuesday Oct 10th, 2006

Writer @DemonDust on Wednesday Nov 1st, 2006

Tags: #The Melvins
Tracklisting 1. The Talking Horse
2. Blood Witch
3. Civilized Worm
4. A History Of Drunks
5. Rat Faced Granny
6. The Hawk
7. You've Never Been Right
8. A History Of Bad Men
9. The Mechanical Bride
10. A Vast Filthy Prison
Line up Coady Willis - drums, vocals
Dale Crover - drums, vocals
Jared Warren - bass, vocals
King Buzzo - guitar, vocals