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Old 08-18-2013, 05:20 PM
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Hostile Ambient Takeover
Released on April 15th, 2002
Label: Ipecac

Line-up:
Dale Crover – drums, vocals, keyboards
Kevin Rutmanis – bass. Slide bass
King Buzzo – vocals, guitar
Sir David Scott Stone – thunder sheet, electric wire
Toshi Kasai - keyboards
Adam Jones - virus

1. -
2. Black Stooges
3. Dr. Geek
4. Little Judas Chongo
5. The Fool, the Meddling Idiot
6. The Brain Center at Whipples
7. Foaming
8. The Anti-Vermin Seed

This album is okay, just okay. I still had a pretty sour taste in my mouth from that Fantomas+Melvins album that had come out two weeks earlier but I thought maybe it was just one misstep. Black Stooges is good for the first half but starts falling apart and ends pretty anti-climactically. The Fool, the Meddling Idiot is really good and has one of my favorite song titles ever. And the Anti-Vermin Seed is a song that you just don’t want to fuck with. But two and a half songs can't save a sub-par album. The rest is pretty boring, standard hard rock. Nothing exciting. This was also the album where I started to notice how fucking terrible Mackie Osborne's artwork is.
Favorite Song: the Anti-Vermin Seed
Rating: 2 out of 5
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08/23 -- Alice in Chains
09/19 -- Deafheaven
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Hostile Ambient Takeover Seven-Inch Singles
Released between January 28th, 2003 and March 11th, 2003
Label: Ipecac

Line-Up:
Dale Crover – drums, vocals
Kevin Rutmanis – bass
King Buzzo – vocals, guitar

Single 1: Black Stooges/Foaming (fast version)
Single 2: Dr. Geek/Return of the Spiders (Alive Cooper cover)
Single 3: Little Judas Chongo/Jerkin’ Krokus (Mott The Hoople cover)
Single 4: The Fool, the Meddling Idiot/Promise Me (Gun Club cover)
Single 5: The Brain Center at Whipples/Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World (Ramones cover)
Single 6: Foaming/Arnie (Warlock Pinchers cover)
Single 7: The Anti-Vermin Seed

I have no desire to hear this. I didn’t really like Hostile Ambient Takeover that much, I don’t have a turntable and these are impossible to find anyway. And why would I want to hear the best song off Hostile Ambient Takeover fade-out halfway and have to flip the record over to hear the other half (the Anti-Vermin Seed). There’s another cover of a song called White Kids on Dope by a band called the Tubes that was recorded for these singles but I’m not sure where it ended up. And I don’t care.
Best Song: the Anti-Vermin Seed
Rating: N/A
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08/23 -- Alice in Chains
09/19 -- Deafheaven
10/18 -- King Diamond
11/01 -- Suffocation

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Old 08-19-2013, 11:21 PM
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26 Songs
Released sometime in 2003
Label: Ipecac

Line-up:
Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Matt Lukin – bass, vocals
Dale Crover – drums

1. Easy As It Was
2. Now a Limo
3. Grinding Process
4. #2 Pencil
5. At a Crawl
6. Disinvite
7. Snake Appeal
8. Show Off Your Red Hands
9. Over From Underground
10. Cray Fish
11. Easy As It Was
12. Now A Limo
13. Grinding Process
14. At a Crawl
15. Disinvite
16. Snake Appeal
17. Set Me Straight
18. Show Off Your Red Hands
19. #2 Pencil
20. Grinding Process
21. Snake Appeal
22. At a Crawl
23. Operation Blessing
24. Breakfast on the Sly
25. Ever Since My Accident/Hugh

Here we are again. There was already a Six Songs, an Eight Songs and a Ten Songs released ten to fifteen years before this. Why did Ipecac and the Melvins feel it was necessary to release this? Unlike those other three releases this is just too much of the same. How many versions of At a Crawl, Grinding Process and Snake Appeal do you really need to hear within an hour? If your answer is three then I guess you should get this version of the “____ Songs” albums. I’ll stick with Ten Songs
Rating: 1 out of 5
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:28 PM
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Melvinmania: the Best of the Atlantic Years 1993-1996
Released on September 16th, 2003
Label: Atlantic

Line-Up:
Dale C – drums (bass on 1 - 5)
King B – vocals, guitar (bass on 1 - 5)
Lorax – bass on songs 1 -5 (credited, but not really)
Mark D – bass on songs 6 – 15
Billy Anderson - probably some bass on 1 - 5

1. Hooch
2. Lizzy
3. Honey Bucket
4. Set Me Straight
5. Pearl Bomb
6. Queen
7. Sweet Willy Rollbar
8. Revolve
9. Roadbull
10. June Bug
11. The Bit
12. Bar-X-The Rocking M
13. Tipping the Lion
14. Black Bock
15. Berthas
16. Rocket Reducer #62 (Rama Lama Fafafa) (Japanese release only)
17. Tipping the Lion B (Japanese release only)

Why Atlantic would try to cash in on a band they never promoted and dropped seven years earlier I’ll never know. Maybe there was an influx of Melvins popularity in 2003? I was a fan then and I don’t remember it. Whatever. The band had nothing to do with this and I bet they didn’t even get paid. There are some good songs on here but you’re better off buying the full-length albums. And there are some enhanced video clips, but they only included Honey Bucket, Revolve and Bar-X-The Rocking M. I’d never buy this but if you only want to buy one Melvins album to get a sample I can't say this won't do the job. You just have to live in Japan, Australia and some parts of Europe to be able to find it.
Favorite Song: Honey Bucket
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Neither Here nor There
Released on March 9th, 2004
Label: Ipecac

Line-Up:
Varies

1. Bar-X-The Rocking M
2. Night Goat (AmRep CD single 1992 version)
3. Hog Leg
4. The Fool, the Meddling Idiot
5. Revolve
6. Colossus of Destiny (thirty second sample)
7. Manky (intro edited down)
8. Oven
9. With Teeth
10. If You Get Bored
11. Let it All Be
12. Boris
13. Forgotten Principles
14. Prick (first thirty seconds of Roll Another One)
15. Mombius Hibachi
16. At A Crawl
17. Hooch
18. Eye Flys

I keep asking this question but why release this? The Melvins have a lot of strange collectables that I never got into on this thread because they weren't really music released. But I remember there's a live eight-track that came out in the late-1990's and lots of other fucked up stuff. KISS have a lot of collectables and the Melvins (being huge KISS fans) have a lot of stuff too. Their stuff usually has this odd, twisted edge to it. This CD is actually a companion piece to the coffee table book of artwork that came out to commemorate their twentieth anniversary as a band. I’m not going to lie; I never really liked much of the Melvins artwork, especially the stuff by Mackie Osbourne (who has done all their artwork since they joined with Ipecac). Her artwork is minimal, boring, the same…really just god-awful. I fucking hate her art. And the book is just pictures. No stories, no interviews, no tablature. So I have no reason to ever open the book. But the CD has a lot of good songs. The alternate version of Night Goat is worth seeking out but I think there’s a CD single that you can find it on that’s more worth your time. I’ll score this release based on the CD, not the book.
Favorite Song: With Teeth (awesome live version from 1995)
Rating: 4 out of 5
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08/23 -- Alice in Chains
09/19 -- Deafheaven
10/18 -- King Diamond
11/01 -- Suffocation

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Old 08-20-2013, 11:31 PM
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Pigs of the Roman Empire (w/Lustmord)
Released on August 23rd, 2004
Label: Ipecac

Line-up:
King Buzzo – vocals, guitar, bass, electronics
Dale Crover – drums, guitar
Kevin Rutmanis – bass, slide bass, electronics, guitar, keyboards
Adam Jones – guitar
B. Lustmord – sound design, programming and production
Sir David Scott Stone – additional electronics and keyboards

1. III
2. The Bloated Pope
3. Toadi Acceleratio
4. Pigs of the Roman Empire
5. Pink Bat
6. ZZZZ Best
7. Safety Third
8. Idolatrous Apostate
9. Untitled (Hidden Track)

One of the rare gems in the Melvins post 2000 careers. Lustmord (I don’t even really know or care who he is) adds some nice textures to the Melvins music and they provide some of the best riffs they’ve written in a while. The album is mostly instrumental and has some really fucked up shit on it but it’s probably the last Melvins full-length album I enjoyed.
Best Song: Pigs of the Roman Empire (I can't find a link to the full twenty minute version, but this is my favorite part)
Rating: 4 out of 5
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Never Breath What You Can’t See
Released on October 19th, 2004
Label: Alternative Tentacles

Line-Up:
Osama McDonald (Jello Biafra) – vocals
Saddam Disney (Dale Crover) – drums, percussion, lead guitar on Yuppie Cadillac and The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism
Jon Benet Milosevic (Buzz Osbourne) – backup vocals, guitar
George W. McVeigh (Kevin Rutmanis) – bass, slide bass on Dawn of the Locusts
Adam Jones - guitar on Islamic Bomb, Caped Crusader, Enchanted Thoughtfist and Dawn of the Locusts
Tom 5 – backup vocals
John the Barker – backup vocals
Adrienne Droogas – backup vocals
Wendy-O-Matik – backup vocals
Loto Ball – backup vocals
Johnny NoMoniker - backup vocals
Ali G. North – backup vocals
Lady Monster – backup vocals
Jesse Luscious - backup vocals

1. Plethysmograph
2. McGruff the Crime Dog
3. Yuppie Cadillac
4. Islamic Bomb
5. The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism
6. Caped Crusader
7. Enchanted Thoughtfist
8. Dawn of the Locusts

The Melvins teamed up with Dead Kennedy’s front man Jello Biafra to form a super group of sorts called “Jelvins”. They fizzled out pretty quickly. This album has some really cool riffs but I’ve never been a fan of the Dead Kennedys or Jello Biafra so I just can’t listen to it very much. Jello Biafra legitimately scares me. Just in interviews his voice and facial expressions creep the hell out of me. And his social commentary about how terrible the world really is scares the crap out of me.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A
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08/08 -- A Silver Mt. Zion
08/23 -- Alice in Chains
09/19 -- Deafheaven
10/18 -- King Diamond
11/01 -- Suffocation

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Old 08-24-2013, 07:12 PM
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Mangled Demos from 1983
Released on May 31st, 2005
Label: Ipecac

Line-Up:
Buzz Osborne – guitar, vocals
Matt Lukin – bass
Mike Dillard – drums

1. Elks Lodge Christmas Broadcast
2. If You Get Bored (live)
3. Forgotten Principles
4. Snake Appeal
5. (a picture of a flower)
6. If You Get Bored
7. Set Me Straight
8. (a communist star)
9. I’m Dry
10. Forgotten Principles
11. I Don’t Know
12. Matt-Alec
13. The Real You
14. Run Around
15. Keep Away From Me
16. (a picture of a clover)
17. Bibulous Confabulation During Rehearsal
18. (an iron cross)
19. (a picture of a pencil)
20. Matt-Alec
21. Walter
22. (a picture of broken scissors)
23. (a picture of an airplane)

Again, I don’t want to hear a bunch of old demos from thirty years ago. If you’re going to release some old stuff, Melvins, release some old stuff from your 1990’s heyday. I guess this is good for historical purposes but that doesn't mean I'm going to listen, or care. The story of some of the song titles in interesting. Some of the titles were forgotten over the years, so they just put a little picture as the song title instead. Ok, so maybe it wasn't that interesting.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A
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We Reach: the Music of the Melvins
Released on August 23rd, 2005
Label: Fractured Transmitter Recording Company

Line-up:
N/A

1. Night Goat (covered by Mare)
2. Honey Bucket (covered by the Dillinger Escape Plan)
3. The Bit (covered by Mastodon)
4. Zodiac (covered by Strapping Young Lad)
5. Claude (covered by Pig Destroyer)
6. Oven (covered by High on Fire & Keelhaul)
7. Shevil (covered by Meatjack)
8. Joan of Arc (covered by Strapadon Factory)
9. Boris (covered by Isis & Agoraphobic Nosebleed)
10. Revolve (covered by Pitch Black Forecast)
11. Easy as it Was (covered by Eyehategod)
12. Anaconda (covered by Dog Fashion Disco)
13. Raise a Paw (covered by Disengage)
14. Hog Leg (covered by Blessing the Hogs)
15. Laughing with Lucifer at Satan’s Sideshow (covered by CKY & Gnarkill)
16. Copache (covered by Maritime Murder)
17. Bar-X-The Rocking M (covered by Made out of Babies)
18. Echohead/Don’t Piece Me (covered by Pincer 2)

Oh god, this album sucks. It’s odd that there are so many bands on this tribute that I really enjoy covering so many songs I enjoy, yet I hate this record so much. Sometimes the stars don’t align or whatever. This is terrible. AVOID. Here’s another review I did of this a few weeks ago.
Best Song: Disengage – Raise a Paw
Rating: 0 out of 5
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08/23 -- Alice in Chains
09/19 -- Deafheaven
10/18 -- King Diamond
11/01 -- Suffocation

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Sieg Howdy!
Released on September 26th, 2005
Label: Alternative Tentacles

Line-Up:
J Lo (Jello Biafra) – vocals
Kim Jong Buzzo (Buzz Osbourne) – guitar, backing vocals
Kevin Rutmaninoff (Kevin Rutmanis) – bass
Dale E. Sitty (Dale Crover) – drums, backing vocals
Adam Jones – guitar on Lessons in What Not To Become, Kal-Fornia Uber Alles 21st Century (live), Dawn of the Locust (March of the Locusts Deadverse Remix), Enchanted Thoughtfist (Enchanted Al Remix) and Caped Crusader (Subway Gas/Hello Kitty Mix)
Dave “the Incredible Hulk” Stone – bass on Kal-Fornia Uber Alles 21st Century (live), backing vocals
Mike Scaccia – additional guitar on Enchanted Thoughtfist (Enchanted Al Remix)
Marshell Lawless – backing vocals
Ali G. North – backing vocals
Jesse Luscious – backing vocals
Lady Monster – backing vocals
Tom 5 – backing vocals
Adrienne Droogas – backing vocals
John the Barker – backing vocals
Loto Ball – backing vocals
Wendy-O-Matic – backing vocals
Johnny NoMoniker – backing vocals

1. Halo of Flies
2. Lighter Side of Global Terrorism (Extended Space-Melt Version)
3. Lessons in What Not To Become
4. Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)
5. Wholly Buy Bull
6. Voted Off the Island
7. Kal-Fornia Uber Alles 21st Century (live)
8. Dawn of the Locust (March of the Locusts Deadverse Remix)
9. Enchanted Thoughtfist (Enchanted Al Remix)
10. Caped Crusader (Subway Gas/Hello Kitty Mix)

I never got into this for the same reason I never got into the other Jelvins release. I fear Jello Biafra.
Best Song: N/A
Rating: N/A
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