Melvins - Houdini
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Based on 112 ratings
1993 Ratings: #33
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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
Easily one of Melvins' best records and some of their most essential tracks such as Hooch, Honey Bucket and Joan of Arc. However, some of the tracks on the second half don't have the same power and heaviness as the standout track and the 10 minute closer is a weak song to end on being entirely instrumental but Houdini has always been on my heavy rotation since the first day i heard it.

Track Review

Hooch 10/10
Night Goat 9.5/10
Lizzy 9/10
Goin' Blind 9/10
Honey Bucket 10/10
Hag Me ... 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
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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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