One of the most influential bands in the history of heavy music. When it comes to the Melvins, truer words were never spoken, as attested by the sheer variety of bands included on We Reach: The Music of the Melvins, an excellent covers compilation. From clear Melvs acolytes like Eyehategod and Made Out of Babies, to bands with obviously eclectic influences like Mare and The Dillinger Escape Plan, to unexpected tributes from defunct avant-garde troupe Dog Fashion Disco and grindcore gods Pig Destroyer (their cover of ‘Claude’ becomes less unlikely considering their penchant for mammoth doom riffs as demonstrated on the 30 minute, single-track release Natasha). Also included on the album is series of seemingly unfeasible collaborations, such as Isis and Agoraphobic Nosebleed (somehow) producing a cover of Bullhead classic ‘Boris’, High On Fire and Keelhaul conspiring to put together an interpretation of ‘Oven’ and, er, a track featuring both CKY and Gnarkill, yay. Also noteworthy is Mastodon’s version of ‘The Bit’, which has, for years now, been a staple of their live set. While the comp does include covers by a glut of unknowns/also-runners (Strapadon Factory, Pincer 2 and Blessing the Hogs, anyone?) the calibre of at least half of the 18 tracks on this release makes this worth listening to. Be a cool guy and listen to this.
Btw, starting next week, we’ll hopefully be able to maintain regular posting. J(ames) is on holiday in some obscure part of the world and only yesterday did I get functioning internet and stuff. So, sorry to deprive you, our VAST audience, of our invaluable opinions and generation-defining music tastes.
V/A – ‘We Reach: The Music of the Melvins‘
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