Melvins - Houdini
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Based on 96 ratings
1993 Ratings: #31
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September 21, 1993 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
Sludge Metal, Metal / Genres
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You ever heard an album that's both ridiculously heavy but also goofy without being overdone or without becoming somewhat monotonous? Melvin's ensure this with 93's Houdini. I'm a big fan of grunge, so for this to sound entirely like a grunge album and nothing else at times delights me. Of course there are strong guitar-driven alternative metal and even stoner metal too. The music is abrasive but just the right balance of heavy and interesting. Songs like "Honey Bucket" will render ... read more
One of my favorite Melvins records and one of the best of 1993.
Some close friends recommended that I checked out Melvins, and that this album is the best introduction into their sound. What I came out with is realizing that Melvins are the crossbreed of early Metallica and stoner metal. And that is pretty cool.

It doesn't have the bass solos of Cliff Burton, it doesn't have the wahs of Kirk Hammet and James Hetfield, but the lead vocalist certainly has Hetfield's voice and spirit. All circlejerks aside, Melvins certainly is a group that should not be ... read more
Honey Bucket is such a good song
Not a huge fan of that too experimental second half (especially the last 2 tunes, but admittedly I skip those lol), but that first half is damn great. Love King Buzzo's vocals and his riffs, even if they get samey. Album gets better every listen, so maybe I'll warm up to the entire album eventually.

Favorite track: Hooch
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Track List

  1. Hooch
  2. Night Goat
  3. Lizzy
  4. Goin' Blind (KISS cover)
  5. Honey Bucket
  6. Hag Me
  7. Set Me Straight
  8. Sky Pup
  9. Joan of Arc
  10. Teet
  11. Copache
  12. Pearl Bomb
  13. Spread Eagle Beagle
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