Boomkat Product Review:
Sounding like it got its name from a Mario Bava film, along comes the latest full-length from the dependably scathing Melvins, who with this rack up their twentieth studio album within their quarter-century in the business. Once you get to grips with it, this record delivers the firm-footed collection of jolting metal you'd expect from a Melvins outing, offering up such hard-rocking late-comers as 'Inhumanity And Death' and 'Hospital Up'. In the album's earliest stages, 'The Water Glass' goes all mock-militaristic, throwing down some hammering drums to accompany one of those call-and-response US Marine training run songs you hear in films. I'm sure there's a proper name for that particular strand of chanson, but alas, I do not know it. Getting back to more conventional Melvins business, 'Evil New War God' unleashes all the right kinds of brain-mulching riffage while King Buzzo howls out vocals in fine cartoonish fashion. The track ends with a patch of spooky fifth-flattening Sabbath-isms and suddenly everything is very much in its right place. Preserving the momentum, 'Pig House' takes on a jerky, punk-ish quality, at one point lacing its tight, staccato guitars with squeaky synths to great slapstick effect. More operatic is 'I'll Finish You Off', opting for a kind of widescreen, doomy grandeur that even opts to mess around with eccentrically pitched-up vocals, but there's far stranger fare yet to come. Towards the close of the album you can expect a fairly radical, sludge-rocking interpretation of The Who's 'My Generation', which in all fairness is more likely to raise an affectionate snicker than any substantial fist-pumping, but that said it seems like a valid tribute to one of this band's biggest influences, and they certainly put their own unique spin on the piece. Finally, 'P.G. X 3' comes from out of nowhere, announcing itself with a mournful harmonica solo before transforming into a reverberant acappella lament. Still churning out impeccable riffs and throwing plenty of musical curveballs, here's a band that still clearly has plenty to offer the world.