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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!



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