Melvins
A Senile Animal


3.5
great

Review

by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
January 27th, 2007 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Melvins join forces with Big Business and make a straight-forward metal album with no crazy experimentation.

In the 80s, a band like no other came along and showed the world how to play with an aggressive tone and keep the tempo extremely low. While other bands have tried to do this (off the top of my head, Flipper and Black Flag), it’s safe to say that those bands never properly developed this way of thinking. The Melvins perfected what these bands didn’t finalize and brings the phrase ‘when the student overcomes the teacher’ to truth. The band went on to release a vast array of albums, extended plays, splits, solo projects and so on. A Senile Animal is the latest from the band and brings in Big Business (a stoner rock/sludge metal duo originally from Seattle) to help them.

The most fascinating entity about the LP is the use of two drummers. Coady (Big Business) and Dale battle each other throughout the album with rapid crazy drumming skills. The two skin-beaters (innuendo intended) bring a fresh outlook to the Melvins sound and definitely sounds stronger because of it. There is no denying that parts in Houdini could sound a lot heavier if the drums were brought out a tiny bit more and this improves on everything that Houdini lacked. Buzzo’s guitar is still sludgy sounding and the bass stands out more than usual. The most improved part of the Melvins attire are definitely the vocals. This is due to Jared shouting out intense backing vocals and the songs sound more tight and less sloppy. An overall improvement from the usual Melvins line-up.

This is a straight-forward metal album. There is no song that goes out of 4/4 apart from the superb “Blood Witch”, there is no crazy experimentation, everything is just basic. The album will satisfy metal fans of course but fans of the weird Melvins albums will surely be disappointed. This is where the album lacks a lot but this is a great metal album even if it avoids all forms of experimentation. Being one of the only songs that break out of 4/4, “Blood Witch” is one of the album’s most solid, interesting tracks. The track has a heavy atmosphere around it while never really being extremely heavy. This is because of the sudden jolts the guitar shoots out and the haunting vocals King Buzzo and Jared sing. The track that comes before that however is an instrumental that sets up the album. “The Talking Horse” has the similar atmosphere and sound to every song on the album and gives the listener a taste of what the person is in for.

Metal fans and casual listeners will enjoy this the most out of the Melvins back catalogue as believe or not, it’s the most accessible along with Houdini. Sadly, the album is littered with a few bland tracks and I’m all for experimentation in their music so I’m not a massive fan of this but it’s enjoyable in small doses. The addition of Big Business gives a more improved sound but the song writing quality decreases as a result. Next time around, as well as keeping the better sound, maybe they can try write better quality songs eh?



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Intransit
January 27th 2007


2797 Comments


What I like about the Melvins is the weird experimentation always going on. With that gone now, I have no intention of checking this out. Good work.

AlienEater
January 31st 2007


716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This a good album

any14doomsday
January 31st 2007


679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think its nice that they kinda cut the crap and put out a nice rockin album, I mean im all about wierd experimentation but some of it was getting alittle out of hand. When they play it live Codey and Dale sound awesome together casue they play side by side on one big drum kit and are perfectly in sinc and it sounds great.

ABulldog
February 1st 2007


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

After awhile the weird stuff they were doing just got a bit boring. I would pop in a Melvins CD and listen to it a couple times and then put it away. Now this new album comes out and it's a good album. Not what people are used to, but at least I can listen to it with my girlfriend around and not have to hear, "what the hell are you listening to?"

AlienEater
February 2nd 2007


716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the experimentation was better than this

any14doomsday
February 5th 2007


679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

some of the experimentation was better then this, Stag is better, but Prick is pretty lame, and Honkeys just kind of alright.


joshmay
February 13th 2007


28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review...i gave this album a 5 because it was one of my favorites that came out last year. i think it may be the greatest album this band ever put out, and i think it really captures the bare bones of what the band has been doing to music for the last decade.

i saw the melvins/big business tour this year too (top cat's in CINCY) and it was badass, really translated well live (especially with two drummers and shit). while the album is pretty straightforward, live they did a little more with some of the songs, tying em together and drawin em out, and the melvins played for literally hours, goin thru alot of their old shit too, with the new band lineup, they really tore it up...didn't hurt that i was FRYing that night either ;)

cholocharlie
January 1st 2008


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i agree with the reviewer, this album is very straightforward sludge metal, but i think that all of their albums are good, exept for stoner witch

Awesomesauce
March 1st 2009


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just picked up this album yesterday. It's my first venture into the world of The Melvins and i gota say, it's quality stuff! Nice review too.

random
December 16th 2009


2262 Comments


What I've heard from this so far is great.

random
January 2nd 2010


2262 Comments


The drum solo in the hawk is so powerful.

BluePusher
January 13th 2010


53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After listening to this album I now believe every band needs two drummers.

random
February 6th 2010


2262 Comments


Love this album.

KILL
December 22nd 2011


71795 Comments


havent heard

evilford
February 13th 2012


22576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this may be my favorite album from these guys

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is one of their best albums. I love it.

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Inveigh
March 21st 2012


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album fucking rules

evilford
March 22nd 2012


22576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

werd

Inveigh
September 2nd 2012


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rat faced granny m/

YankeeDudel
March 30th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BUZZ

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