Melvins
Stoner Witch


4.5
superb

Review

by burton.and.gas USER (18 Reviews)
May 20th, 2006 | 47 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


It's exam season and a boy sits down to revise. Not being too determined he requires music to keep him going. So he puts on an abum by a band he has not heard much, The Melvins.

Something magical happens from the very opener "Skweetis". A minute and twelve seconds of noisy music driven by low end vocals and monstrous riffs awakens this boy to one thing. The Melvins are great!

The following track Queen redoubles this belief as it makes him want to drop-d his guitar and start singing very low and angrily. The lyrical refrain "oh wishing well" is all he can really remember but this is enough to keep him interested. The pace picks up for rock n roll following track "Sweet Willy Rollbar".

The next thing that strikes him comes later on. That is this album's pure diveristy, "Goose Frieght Train" and "At the Stake" show him the new side of The Melvins. The first is a slow ambient blues trawl making you want to sit back and decide just really who you are. The crazy sound of this song seems vaguely infectious and many strange thoughts run through the mind of ou listener. As each instruemnt builds up and then falls back down again the music creates landscaps in our boy here's mind. He leaves this song having found a new side of himself.

The silence that opens "At the Stake" is a perfect atmosphere builder . The effect laden riff strikes our hero (of sorts) with its pure atmospheric tension. As Strange things happen in the form of music, revison becomes the last thing on his mind a he prepares himself to fail his exams. The simple fact is that this track is the album's peak, all powerful moods of music formed into one singularly amazing track.

Special mention should be put to the track between these two, it goes by the name of "Roadbull" and is one part subtle, one part angry and one art military in style. The balance of this song leaves our listener in another strange part of his own mind.

The moods continue to rise and fall an ou listener listens right to the very end. As the finisher track "lividity" fades out our lead listener stands up and leaves his room feeing liek he has fond something new about himself. He has , in fact, just discovered The Melvins and ths great album by a great band.

Credits

The Melvins are:

King Buzzo - Guitar and Vocals
Dale Crover - Drums and Vocals
Mark Deutrom - Bass



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2006


15743 Comments


Ahhh Kurt Cobain's favorite band. I'd call them more hardcore punk then metal.

Also, not a bad thing, but capitalize their name.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

burton.and.gas
May 20th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeh dude i realised too late had just lazily put in their name.

Neoteric
May 20th 2006


3243 Comments


they already have a band profile.

burton.and.gas
May 20th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also i wud say they are somewhere between hardcore an metal ad this album i think of as more metal.

Neoteric
May 20th 2006


3243 Comments


http://sputnikmusic.com/bands.php?bandid=97

burton.and.gas
May 20th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"they already have a band profile."

That's Jello Biafra and the Melvins

I double checked before making this review.

burton.and.gas
May 20th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh wait you're right

Neoteric
May 20th 2006


3243 Comments


That's Jello Biafra and the Melvins

Wrong.
oh wait you're right
yay!This Message Edited On 05.20.06

burton.and.gas
May 20th 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ok im tryna change artist name but it won't work.

Neoteric
May 20th 2006


3243 Comments


Get a mod to delete the review and resubmit it through the right artist.

YDload
May 20th 2006


1207 Comments


Everything about this review and format is terribly written.

Werny
May 20th 2006


148 Comments


Great album, although sometimes the noise gets too hard to bare.

Whoever says Melvins aren't metal is partly right, they do seem to jump around punk and metal a lot.

montague
May 21st 2006


35 Comments


great album, okay review.

and for the record most Melvins is in drop C or B.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 21st 2006


2125 Comments


This band is so great.

Tarantino's Tarantulas
May 21st 2006


819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good on you reviewing this album, 'tis pretty excellent only I havent listened to it for way too long, since I lost it. That makes me sad...

AlienEater
May 21st 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Melvins Rule

burton.and.gas
May 21st 2006


641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"and for the record most Melvins is in drop C or B."

lol thanks, i was just endeavouring to make a point about the heavy tuning more than anything lol.

porch
September 3rd 2010


8459 Comments


band can do no wrong
mostly

stabbler
October 8th 2010


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

patchy

Urinetrouble
April 5th 2011


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"you got a motor and it's so ready i
i got a motive sorry i don't"

love this album



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