While Red Fang’s fourth album immediately stands out as their first full-length since 2016’s Only Ghosts, it seems to hearken back to the Sludgy aspects of their earliest ventures. Tracks like ‘Unreal Estate’ and the title track reflect strong Melvins circa (A) Senile Animal vibes with their trudging riff patterns and eccentrically howled vocal lines. ‘Fonzi Scheme’ and ‘Days Collide’ elaborate further the former putting in a particularly potent stomp and the latter benefitting the most from the disorienting atmosphere.
The Melvins have announced their third in their series of live streaming “Melvins TV, events, with the May 1 offering dubbed “Melvins TV, Volume 3: May Day! May Day! May Day!” In true Melvins fashion, the Melvins (acoustic) will open for the Melvins. Tickets and exclusive merchandise, including a limited-edition t-shirt designed by Skinner, are available now at the link below. You can win tickets from Ghost Cult to watch it, but you’ll need to act fast: the contest closes on 4/28:
Bongzilla’s fifth album comes with an interesting set of curveballs, being their first full-length release since 2005’s Amerijuanican as well as their first to be recorded as a trio. However, very little has changed about the Wisconsinites’ vision in the sixteen years they’ve been away. As evidenced by an appropriately dumb but endearing title like Weedsconsin (Heavy Psych Sounds), the Sweet Leaf remains the focal point of their aesthetic and their Stoner-Sludge sound is as potent as ever.
Working With God (Ipecac Records/Liberator Music) is the 24th release by the Melvins and features their 1983 lineup of Buzz Osbourne, Dale Crover on bass, and original drummer Mike Dillard (although they have been doing a ton of regular Melvins lineup activities with Steven Shane McDonald of Redd Kross). The record encapsulates the Hardcore and Sludge style Melvins have delivered since their genesis. The result is a fresh album that is thrilling and cathartic.
Weirdness. Riffs. Laughs. Beer. Beats. Smarts. The West Coast. Bass. Art. Singing. Rock N Roll. Grooves. Punk. Screams. Sludge.
These are some of the ingredients that make up just as small part of the majesty that is Melvins.
Time to win some free shit! Oakland, California’s awesome Unknown Controller Records has relaunched and Ghost Cult is helping them celebrate! The indie label is headed by musician Paul Kott (Kalas, High Tone Son of a Bitch) and they are kicking things off with a cool, cassette-only series featuring releases from HTSoB, Ails (ex-Ludicra, Abrupt), Keverra (current and ex-Goatsnake, -(16)-) and Worshipper. You can win the entire cassette series right here, right now! Enter at the links below, but before you do, jam out to this awesome new HTSOB track “Tribute’, featuring High on Fire / Sleep guitarist Matt Pike!Continue reading
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Buzz Osborne of Melvins fame to discuss his new solo album Gift of Sacrifice (Ipecac Recordings) due out on August 14th, 2020. We talked to Buzz about the follow up to his solo debut, This Machine Kills Artists (2014), working with Trevor Dunn who collaborated on the album, the different approach to this new solo album, his upcoming book of photography, his golf game, the coronavirus and not being able to tour for the first time in 30 years, and some other things he is working on right now. You can order the album here https://lnk.to/KingBuzzo, and check out our podcast.
Iconic Melvins leader King Buzzo has shared his new single from his upcoming solo album, Gift of Sacrifice due out August 14th, via Ipecac Recordings. The nine-song album finds Buzz Osborne joined by longtime friend and Mr. Bungle bass player Trevor Dunn, and is his first solo album since 2014s This Machine Kills Artists (also Ipecac). Stream to “Delayed Clarity’ right now!
Melvins will share their documentary Across The USA In 51 Days: The Movie! about their record-setting 2012 tour as part of Ipecac Records’ “Stay-In Cinema”. The film debuts today at 9 AM EST/1 PM GMT. Continue reading
King Buzzo of Melvins has opted to push his forthcoming new album, Gift of Sacrifice (Ipecac Recordings), back the summertime. Originally scheduled for a May 15 release, will arrive on August 14th. Watch the new video, the video, which was created by Jesse Nieminen for the single ‘I’m Glad I Could Help Out’Continue reading