Melvins
Bullhead


5.0
classic

Review

by Funeral USER (36 Reviews)
October 5th, 2012 | 99 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to Bullhead.

Fruit baskets are delicious, nutritious, and full of crushing riffs. It is no wonder that Melvins chose the fruit basket to represent their magnum opus Bullhead. The year was 1991, and the metal scene was in full swing. False metal bands were beginning to emerge, everybody was racing for their share of the market. Melvins however didn’t forget their roots and took a chance on a path much less traveled by progressively approaching the style Black Sabbath established so many years ago. That is not to say Melvins are merely a bunch of old farts covering their favourite classics, rather these old farts were innovating the metal scene with crushing riffs, odd rhythms and delivering hard jams.

Bullhead is an astounding piece because it strives to achieve so many different criteria all in one go, yet manages to not only stay cohesive but deliver all of their endeavours in a single dose. The crisp and rough metallic edge brandished by many fellow metal pioneers is present but with a bit of twist. The tuning is quite low and thick. Although not too loud in the mix, the riffs manage to be so crushing and downright memorable that they grab your attention and immediately immerse you into their whacky world. Although very heavy, the scope of this album is anything but gloomy or slow rather the sludgy riffs are presented in the fashion of a hard rock jam session.

The songwriting is nothing short of excellent, Melvins are completely aware of the mess they are making. There is a natural flow and cohesiveness between the slow burning, the absolute skull crushing, and jamming- but it is done in a way that is so very calculated. Although the riffs are great, the album just wouldn’t have anywhere near the presentation level it contains without the creative and precise drumming of Dale Crover. Making sure to stray off the beaten path, Dale steers away from simply abusing the cymbals- intricate fills and odd patterns are commonplace on Bullhead and are a major highlight of the album. Dale gets a lot of time to shine but it never comprises the overall experience or takes away from the other instruments if anything, the zany structure only helps to complement the overall song structure they aim for.

Far from anything conventional: Bullhead always manages to be a zany album. It can honestly be said that every member of the band has quirky traits to deliver to the album. Rhythms can brought to unexpected places, even though played tightly and delivered purposefully the overall sound can be really surprising and attention grabbing adding excitement and replay value. Of course you can’t mention quirkiness without talking about vocalist King Buzzo. His vocal delivery is both powerful and maniacal. His strained shouts are nothing short of unsettling and hostile and as a result compliment both the crushing aggressiveness as well as darting sharpness of the instrumentation.

Bullhead is an amazing album that should not be overlooked, it contains an immersive dark atmosphere that is not only entirely unique but technically satisfying and fun.



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Funeralopolis
October 5th 2012


12288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Didn't like the other review so I decided to write one myself.



Absolute metal classic, definitely check this band out if you haven't already.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2012


51166 Comments


Dingushead

YankeeDudel
October 5th 2012


9330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album. not close to a 5 for me tho

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2012


7495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, amazing album. I should probably bump my rating tbh.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


7509 Comments


I love this band. Good review.

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alachlahol
October 5th 2012


7567 Comments


erg if i had an exorcism is so good

KILL
October 5th 2012


73054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

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YoYoMancuso
October 5th 2012


11408 Comments


You really like the word zany

nah just kidding, good review. Melvins are the shit.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012


22361 Comments


im guessing this is where i should start with melvins? god the artwork is shit tho

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KILL
October 6th 2012


73054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its no giant P with a circle around it agreed lol

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2012


22361 Comments


yup, you gotta admit this album cover is kinda fruity if u kno what i mean

KILL
October 6th 2012


73054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'd put my dick in there agreed

Chortles
October 6th 2012


18284 Comments


cover rules

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conesmoke
February 12th 2013


5334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, Awesome album. Boris Ownz

InbredJed
April 18th 2013


6122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of the best Melvins reviews I've had the pleasure of reading. This band never gets the love they deserve. POS

YoYoMancuso
April 26th 2013


11408 Comments


love the first sentence

InbredJed
April 26th 2013


6122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed harrrrrrd

evilford
April 30th 2013


23093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey good review, pos'd never saw that



such a great band

DreamingWithTheDead
June 25th 2013


207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The best thing about this album, and the Melvins as a band, is the unpredictability.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 25th 2013


7495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and boris



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