Melvins - Stag [LP] (180 Gram Black Vinyl, gatefold) 2018 import

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180g Audiophile Vinyl LP!
Features "Bar X The Rocking M", "Buck Owens" & "Captain Pungent"!


The immensely popular and influential American rock band the Melvins recorded their eighth studio album Stag in 1996. It doesn't sound like anything they recorded before, because they explored different fields of music. The first notes of opening track "The Bit" make it clear that they're experimenting with bringing together the drone sounds of the sitar with the greatness of King Buzzo's guitar riffs. The schizophrenia can be heard in the introductions of noise and ambience. The album even includes prog based music, like in the epic "Buck Owens". It's one hell of a ride through the music, from sludge metal and experimental grunge to blues rock and pop. Another classic tune is "Bar-X and The Rocking M", which explodes in the power of the trombone and monster riffs.

On from the early days of the Melvins guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover created some influential pieces and are releasing records nowadays on a yearly basis. The variety of different musical styles they explored during their career made them popular in different fanbases.

"There's such a strong and audible emphasis on the band really exploring the possibilities of the studio throughout that the effect is breathtaking -- it's a huge, epic sound that's also quite varied, a fine indication of where the band would be going in later years. The roots of the Melvins remain clear -- direct, deliberate, and focused crunch -- but they don't feel constrained by them, bringing in everything from more stripped-down space in the arrangements to stylistic forays revolving around the central approach. Hearing horns and scratching helping match the monster riffs on 'Bar X the Rocking M' is at once a mind-f*ck and something that makes total sense, as does the mini-prog epic 'Buck Owens,' packing in time-signature shifts and a mid-section trip-out and more in three minutes' time. Short, almost fragmentary songs like 'Hide,' with its quiet guitar chime, and the weird, sparkly drones and burbles of 'Soup' help to further flesh out the inspired feeling of Stag. Osborne's vocal delivery and various treatments thereupon are fantastic, ranging from dreamy float and gentle croon to rasping roar, paralleling Stag's overall emphasis on trying anything at least once to see what works. Check his winsome, light turn on 'Black Bock' for a real trip -- it's hard to believe this is the same guy who sang on 'Hooch' and 'It's Shoved.' Songs like 'Tipping the Lion' and 'Goggles' capture the spirit of Stag excellently, able to switch from quieter to louder moments and back again effortlessly. Then there's the twinkly, Chipmunks-sung 'Captain Pungent,' which will leave most listeners paralyzed with fright or with laughter, if not both." - AllMusic

Features:
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl
• Insert
• Import

Selections:
Side A:

1. The Bit
2. Hide
3. Bar-X The Rocking M
4. Yacob's Lab
5. The Bloat
6. Tipping The Lion
7. Black Bock
8. Goggles
9. Soup
Side B:
10. Buck Owens
11. Sterilized
12. Lacrimosa
13. Skin Horse
14. Captain Pungent
15. Berthas
16. Cottonmouth

2018 Music On Vinyl

7/6/18