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'Freak Puke'
(Ipecac Recordings)

Daryl Soar

daryl soar

Do I like it? Is it worth a listen? Yes, definitely.

the melvins freak puke

Like nothing and everything you've heard before. Take 70s prog and throw in a few thrash tones, add some avant-garde arrangements and youre half way to The Melvin's sound. It's like early Alice Ccooper performing to Frank Zappa. The question is, are you like Zappa or the crowd?

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The sound and quality is not from a bygone era, rather from abused modern equipment. The level is low and the noise floor relatively high.

The guitar is thin and the vocals weak, the FX are obvious but the mix is good and you can hear every piece of the instrumentation.

But all of that is irrelevant given the experimental nature of the music. Quality and tone are mere personal preference and I imagine The Melvins worked hard to capture precisely what they had in mind.

It's difficult to say anything really enlightening about any of the songs. They aren't so much a journey as a seamlessly fused amalgam of rock styles that ponders mainly in the 70s.

Do I like it? Is it worth a listen? Yes, definitely!




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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