Album reviews: Melvins 'The Bride Screamed Murder' (Ipecac)

Restlessly inventive, mercilessly heavy

Not content with inventing sludge metal and then grunge (via young fan Kurt Cobain) Pacific Coasters the Melvins remain as restlessly inventive as ever. With each passing album their wall of sound grows ever more fierce. This album is an onslaught of brutal drumming and bowel-loosening riffs (‘Evil New War God’), occasionally leavened by surprisingly delicate vocal interplay (‘Hospital Up’). It’s only likely to increase the influence of a band to whom everyone from Mike Patton to High On Fire owe a debt. As with all Melvins albums, this is the product of awesome power – in the right hands, for once.

Ash Dosanjh

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9 / 10

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