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The Melvins - A Senile Animal Review

by Zane Ewton

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The Melvins have stayed consistently heavy and consistently out of step with everyone else. They were an anomaly in the alternative rock explosion of the nineties in that they never got that big MTV hit or the massive exposure of a major label artist.

As one of the first Seattle bands, they brought the metallic sludge riffs of Black Sabbath and the attitude of underground punk. The Melvins never bothered with the pop hooks that made Nirvana, Soundgarden and a slew of imitators so palpable for a few years. And with that they have survived longer then them all.

A Senile Animal is right in tune with the Melvins formula of slow sludgy, relentlessly heavy riffs. However, something different is afoot. It's called drums.

Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover drafted bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis from the group Big Business to round out the band this time around. That means two heavy duty drummers. Other bands have used multiple drummers for nothing more than a prop. The Melvins use both drummers effectively by letting them take the spotlight and adding some depth to the crushing sound. Miraculously the band has enough taste to not allow any extended prog-rock drum solos.

A Senile Animal is a tight and focused set of songs that demonstrates the Melvins in top form and still unashamedly rocking


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