Boomkat Product Review:
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Sounding like it got its name from a Mario Bava film, 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'. '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.
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 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, while 'P.G. X 3' issues a mournful harmonica solo before transforming into a reverberant acappella lament.