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Anyone familiar with the history of rock music in Seattle in the 1980s and 1990s should know about the Melvins: the band with the sludgy sound that could do Black Sabbath proud, with the frontman reputed to have taken the young Kurt Cobain to his first show, the former bass player who went on to form legendary Seattle stalwarts Mudhoney, the drummer who guested on Bleach before the arrival of Dave Grohl, the influences on Soundgarden, Tool, and Mastodon, to name but a few. Their cultural reach may be long, but as Nude With Boots goes to prove, it's well warranted, as the Melvins serve up 40 minutes of rock that blisters and burns with the kind of tight authenticity and unedited passion rarely heard on contemporary releases.
The impact is immediate: opening track "The Kicking Machine" kicks in with a guitar lick straight out of Jimmy Page's book of riffs while drummers Dale Crover and Coady Willis trade off percussionary hits bouncing off the main beat like blasts of shotgun pellets or high speed streams of ball bearings. This unique sonic attack turns traditional guitar/drums relationships on their collective head by transferring some of the guitar's role as the source of melodic progression into the drumheads, an approach that dominates this record from start to finish.
But changing instrumental relationships isn't the only trick this album has up its sleeves: for every blue collar hard rock track this album offers up -- "Nude With Boots," "Suicide In Progress," "The Stupid Creep" -- there's a taste of pure sludgy heavy metal doom ("Dies Iraea," "Dog Island," "The Savage Hippy"), a bit of the band's high energy punk roots ("Billy Fish") or a dose of noise rock ("It Tastes Better Than The Truth") that turns the pounding of the drum sets into rocks of stability anchoring the swirling chaos of sound. Unifying these disparate elements are the vocals of singer/guitarist King Buzzo, whose reverb-drenched voice floats over each track like the ravings of a particularly persuasive madman. Nude With Boots wants you to dive into the madness headfirst, less you miss of the fun this album guarantees you're about to have.
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|Number of Discs:||1|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.2|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44|
|1.||The Kicking Machine|
|5.||Suicide In Progress|
|6.||The Smiling Cobra|
|7.||Nude With Boots|
|9.||The Stupid Creep|
|10.||The Savage Hippy|
|11.||It Tastes Better Than The Truth|
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