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The Colossus of Destiny – A Melvins Tale

Details have emerged of a documentary about The Melvins: The Colossus of Destiny – A Melvins Tale. There is a blurb on their website, but due to some really shitty HTML I’m unable to copy and paste it easily. Essentially this is described as “an up to date visual documentation and celebration of the band The Melvins”.

Going by some of the screenshots on the site it appears it will feature David Yow, Mark Arm, John Stanier, some dudes from Soundgarden and probably some other 90s grunge rockers I don’t recognise. I’d imagine there’s half a chance Adam would make an appearance as well.

Here’s a teaser trailer:

Melvins and Meshuggah announce new releases

The Melvins and Meshuggah have plenty in common. They both have toured with Tool. They both have great drummers. They both start with the letter M. And they both recently announced a new release.

Firstly, The Melvins have announced a new album called Hold It In set for release on October 14. The album features Buzz and Dale as usual, but rather than the usual four-piece, they are joined by Butthole Surfers Jeff Pinkus and Paul Leary.

“‘Hold It In’ is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit,” said Osborne.

“Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride.

“I can’t believe this actually happened. I’m thrilled.”

“It’s very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the ‘Break A Wish’ foundation, all at the same time,” said Pinkus. “I believe they’ll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).”

Aussie Melvins fans should also remember that King Buzzo is doing his solo thing later this month.

Onto Meshuggah: they will be releasing yet another live DVD. Titled The Ophidian Trek, this release will have both a DVD and Blu-Ray version and features tracks recorded from their last tour. This includes a show from Wacken recorded in 2013.

Here’s a track listing:

Live DVD:
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 – I Am Colossus
10 – Bleed
11 – Demiurge
12 – New Millennium Cyanide Christ
13 – Dancers To A Discordant System
14 – Mind’s Mirrors / In Death – Is Life / In Death – Is Death
15 – The Last Vigil
Live CD 1:
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 – I Am Colossus
Live CD 2:
01 – Bleed
02 – Demiurge
03 – New Millennium Cyanide Christ
04 – Dancers To A Discordant System
05 – Mind’s Mirrors / In Death – Is Life / In Death – Is Death
06 – The Last Vigil

Brothers In Arms

King Buzzo solo acoustic tour hits Australia

Excellent news for Melvins fans this morning, with King Buzzo announcing he’s bringing his acoustic live show to Australia for a series of dates in August. From Frontier Touring:

Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce that rock’n’roll royalty Buzz Osborne, King Buzzo is headed to Australia with a ten-date solo acoustic tour of Australia this August!

With a career spanning 31 years, 30 albums, and over 2,000 live performances, this tour marks the first time that the monarch of metal has performed acoustically in such a unique and intimate setting.

Buzz is the front man & founding member of Melvins, whose dark and sludgy sound influenced the works of many acclaimed grunge and metal bands including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Green River and in many ways nurtured the Seattle music scene itself.

Last year the band released their nineteenth studio album Tres Cabrones (out now through Ipecac Recordings), a psychedelic hard-rock gem that saw original drummer Mike Dillard re-join Buzz and Dale Crover for a collection of tracks that playfully referenced both the punk aesthetic of the band’s roots and their current layered and exploratory sound… all done with a pierced tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Buzz also picked up the guitar to join Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and Trevor Dunn in experimental metal supergroup Fantômas, a band that allowed each member the creative freedom to explore their many influences – both in and outside of music.

Their debut and subsequent releases received heavy praise for their innovation – second album The Directors Cut (out now through Ipecac Recordings) climbed to #18 on the ARIA Albums Chart and scored rave reviews from NME, Pitchfork and Drowned In Sound who called it “a genre breaking, irreverent album that bridges everything from metal, jazz, sludgecore, grunge, and abstract electronica… one of the most challenging, and rewarding albums of the year”.

King Buzzo’s solo and acoustic debut This Machine Kills Artists (out May 30 through Ipecac Recordings, listen to ‘Instrument Of God’ here) has actually been a long time coming – Buzz wrote a vast majority of the Melvins’ songs originally on acoustic guitar before transferring to electric – “What I’m doing, it’s not folk music, it’s not heavy metal. It’s ‘molk,’ how ’bout that?”

Across seventeen tracks, This Machine Kills Artists uses absolutely no electric guitars, amplifiers or direct boxes, offering a surprising new side to the grunge progenitor and a rawness that spotlights his skill as a songwriter. Rolling Stone premiered track ‘Dark Brown Teeth’ (listen here), remarking that it “still has the doomy, ill-angled, Beefheartian edge his band is renowned for”.

‘‘THIS MACHINE KILLS ARTISTS’ CONTINUES OSBORNE’S APPROACH OF REDEFINING AND SUBVERTING WHATEVER MUSICAL GENRE HE DEEMS FIT. THIS ARTIST FEELS VIBRANT AND UNSHACKLED, MACHINES BE DAMNED’– SMELLS LIKE INFINITE SADNESS
After an extensive 38-show tour of the United States, King Buzzo will now bring This Machine Kills Artists to Australian audiences for the first time with a series of shows that are guaranteed to bring the house down.

Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth are all set firmly within Buzz’s sights – make certain you’re there for this rare opportunity to see a metal powerhouse like you’ve never seen him before.

TOUR DATES

Wednesday 13 August Adelaide | Enigma Bar (18+)
Thursday 14 August Geelong | Barwon Club (18+)
Friday 15 August Melbourne | Ding Dong Lounge (18+)
Wednesday 20 August Newcastle | The Small Ballroom (18+)
Thursday 21 August Sydney | Newtown Social Club (18+)
Friday 22 August Wollongong | Anita’s Theatre (18+)
Saturday 23 August Canberra | Transit Bar (18+)
Sunday 24 August Brisbane | Black Bear Lodge (18+)
Tuesday 25 August Perth | Astor Lounge (18+)

Pre-sales are happening on the 26th of March, so make sure you register for them. The venues look like small ones, so expect tickets to move reasonably quickly, especially in Sydney and Melbourne.

King Buzzo will release his new album This Machine Kills Artists on June 3rd.

King Buzzo plans solo jaunt

King Buzzo seems to be doing some acoustic work:

Buzz heads out on his very first solo, acoustic dates this February & March:

Feb. 25 – Los Angeles – Scion A/V Metal Rock Show (free rsvp begins Feb. 5)

all dates below on-sale this Friday, Feb. 7:
Mar. 2 – Minneapolis, MN – Grumpy’s Bar & Grill
Mar. 6 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Mar. 8 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Mar. 10 – Norman, OK – Opolis Production LLC
Mar. 11 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Mar. 13 – Austin, TX – Record Label Rummage Sale
Mar. 16 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack
Mar. 17 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
Mar. 20 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
Mar. 21 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
Mar. 22 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
Mar. 23 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon

According to Ipecac he will have a solo album out this year as well.

Maybe it’ll be something like this:

My Top 10 albums of 2013

Every year we hear the same old complaints from the same old people – “Year xxyy was a terrible year for albums”. 2013 was certainly an interesting year. On the surface of things, big bands like NIN, Tomahawk, QOTSA, Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath and Pearl Jam all had albums on the horizon. Mostly they were all disappointing though, with only one of those artists making my top 10. I suspect this contributed strong to some people claim 2013 was a bad one for music – had even half of those bands released great albums, I doubt there would be so many complaints.

Personally though, I thought 2013 was a good year for music. For those willing to look outside of the square and listen to bands that aren’t 20 years old, there was a lot to like.

As usual I had a hard time coming up with my top 10. I had a shortlist of 15, and while removing a couple of them was relatively easy, taking out the final 3 was really hard. It’s safe to say the honorable mentions below are all great albums well worth checking out.

In no particular order, here are my top 10 albums of 2013:

Weekend Nachos – Still
Many of you whop have followed the website for some time are well aware of my love of crusty grind and power violence, and Weekend Nacho’s have cemented themselves as a force in this genre with the new album Still. Brutal, fast, catchy and short – the way power violence should be.

Bosnian Rainbows – Bosnian Rainbows
Never been a big fan of the work of Omar Rodríguez-López, and when I heard Bosnian Rainbows was a pop album, I feared the worst. Despite that, I did take a listen, and to my surprise it was much better, and less pop than I expected. It’s a great rock record with some atmospheric moments and strong female vocals. An easy choice for my list this year.

Call of the Void – Dragged Down A Dead End Path
Call of the Void perform a style of sludge metal with elements of power violence, and their latest album Dragged Down A Dead End Path has been a regular listen for me all year. The track Bottom Feeder being a highlight for me, and one of my favorite tunes from 2013.

Kylesa – Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet is a strong album from a band that has never quite taken the next step for me. Kylesa have released some good music, but after this latest release I’m happy to put them in the great category. I’m not sure their style will appeal to everyone, but the thick guitar sound as well as some really interesting songwriting (especially on the latter half of the album) are right up my alley.

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
Queens of the Stone Age were on their last strike. Lullabies To Paralyze and Era Vulgaris were both pretty bland albums in my book, so I was surprised when I heard that …Like Clockwork was an album full of character and emotion. I’ve always preferred the first three harder rocking albums from the band (and still do) but Like Clockwork is a great addition to their discography.

Earthless – From The Ages
Russian Circles were one of the bands I had to eliminate from my shortlist to make a top 10. I did so because I had two instrumental albums, and decided only one of them should make the list. From The Ages is a better album – it’s more of a straight up rock album than the post-rock styling of Memorial, but in my opinion the musicianship is better, and the songwriting catchier and more upbeat. You can’t go wrong with either album though!

The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer
Dillinger Escape Plan are good at releasing excellent albums. This one is no exception. While I felt this was a much better album than their last one, and a worthy addition to my list, I still year for something a little more from these guys. Ire Works is still their best release by a mile, and while this album hints a little more in that direction, I think they still have some finer work inside them. Will they ever find it? Who knows….

Fuzz – Fuzz
There are several bands I’d never heard of before 2013 on this list: Call of the Void, Nails and this band Fuzz. Like their name suggests, the perform fuzzy psychadelic rock that has grooved its way into my heart this year.

The National – Trouble Will Find Me
There’s probably a few of you thinking “what is a band like this doing in Hellboy’s list?” and it is a good question. I still don’t really know why I enjoy this album like I do. Mostly, I think it’s that I find the vocals and lyrics quite compelling, and well matched to the style of music. I’ve never given the National much time prior to this album, but now I’m a convert.

Nails – Abandon All Life
If I were to pick a favorite for 2013, this would most likely be it. This album is 17 minutes of unrelenting power violence which doesn’t have a weak moment. If you can handle the blast beats and vocals, this album will be in your collection for life.

Here are some honorable mentions – albums that made my shortlist but had to be culled to make 10:

Pissed Jeans – Honeys
Destruction Unit – Deep Trip
Russian Circles – Memorial
The Melvins – Tres Cabrones
Romero – Take The Potion

Big Business to release Battlefields Forever

Big Business have called a press release to announce their new album Battlefields Forever which will be released on Halloween for your listening pleasure.

Sounds like they won’t be touring for a while though, as singer/bassplayer Jared is expecting a baby shortly, so no tours until Spring. This would also include the Melvins, so I’m not sure what version of them we’ll see here in December but I’m expecting it’ll be the 4-piece from their last tour with Butthole Surfer Jess Pinkus on bass.

For those with short memories, Big Business supported Tool during their 2007 tour.

Melvins & Helmet announce joint Australian tour

It’s been a long time coming, but The Melvins have finally announced a headline tour around Australia, this time joined by 90s stalwarts Helmet. It’s a comprehensive tour as well, featuring shows all around the country, and most importantly, not skipping Adelaide! Here are the dates:

Friday December 6 – Metropolis – Fremantle (Melvins only)
Sunday December 8 – Hi Fi Brisbane
Monday December 9 – Northern Hotel – Byron Bay
Wednesday December 11 – Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle
Thursday December 12 – Anu Bar- Canberra
Sunday 15 December – Hi Fi – Sydney
Monday December 16 – The Gov- Adelaide
Tuesday December 17 – Hi Fi- Melbourne (Melvins only)
Wednesday December 18 – Hi Fi – Melbourne (Helmet only)
Wednesday December 18– Brisbane Hotel- Hobart (Melvins only)

Both bands also play on the Meredith Music Festival on the weekend of the 13th, 14th & 15th of December.

It’ll be great to see both bands playing. Helmet have toured semi-regularly in recent years, however The Melvins haven’t had a decent Australian tour for a long time.

No word on what Melvin’s configuration it will be – I’m betting on the four piece version. The Melvins are currently touring the US celebrating their 30th Anniversary with Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus on bass.

The Melvins to play 2013 Meredith Music Festival

In news fresh from the interwebs this morning, it appears the Melvins are the first act to be announced for this years Meredith Music Festival held annually each December in rural Victoria. Ballots are open for the event (it sells out almost every year) and tickets will be $309 + booking fees. There should be a bunch of other acts announced over the coming months, and also confirmed on the lineup is Chic founder and recent Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers.

No word yet on if there will be a full tour accompanying the festival. I sure hope so as there’s little change I’ll be able to make it to the festival. Stay tuned!

Mudhoney Interview Melvins

Mark Arm from grunge band Mudhoney has interviewed King Buzzo from the Melvins to help celebrate their 30th Anniversary. It’s a great interview and here’s a snippet for you all:

Mark: Have you ever dabbled in the ‘Dark Arts,’ the Occult, Witchcraft, Blackface? Are your souls spoken for, or can we have them?
Buzz: Of course! I sold my soul to the devil decades ago and look how well it’s worked out! I’m at the pinnacle of success! The highest possible point of the rock’n’roll garbage heap! I love that occult shit. Himmler was deeply involved in all of that teenage black arts crap and it didn’t do him a bit of good. He went from chicken farmer to genocide to suicide in almost no time at all. Perfect. In reality though the best part about all that witchcraft, dark arts nonsense are the Goth chicks! Now you’re talking! Listen babe, you can keep the thigh high leather stilettos and the rubber mini skirt but you have to shove that Anton LaVey book up your ass.

The Melvins also recently announced tour dates to celebrate:

07/12 – Phoenix, Ariz.@ Crescent Ballroom
07/13 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ The Launchpad
07/15 – Denver, Colo. @ The Summit Music Hall
07/17 – Omaha, Neb. @ The Waiting Room
07/18 – Rock Island, Ill. @ Rock Island Brewing Company
07/20 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Bash 13 (Grumpy’s) *
07/21 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall Ballroom **
07/22 – Chicago, Ill. @ Double Door
07/23 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Firebird
07/25 – Cleveland, Ohio @ The Grog Shop
07/26 – Detroit, Mich. @ Small’s
07/27 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ The Westcott Theater
07/29 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club
07/30 – Hartford, Conn. @ Arch Street Tavern
07/31 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Venue TBA
08/01 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Underground Arts
08/02 – Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar
08/03 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
08/04 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle
08/05 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Loft at Center Stage Atlanta
08/07 – New Orleans, La. @ One Eyed Jack’s
08/08 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live – Studio
08/09 – Austin, Texas @ Mohawk
08/10 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees
08/13 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Club Sound
08/14 – Boise, Idaho @ Neurolux
08/16 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumo’s
08/19 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
08/20 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
08/22 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Slim’s

And don’t forget that Mudhoney have a new album out as well, it’s excellent and you can grab it here!

Everybody Loves The Melvins

In all the hype over the forthcoming Opiate reissue, I’ve been negligent not to offer some cool Melvins news. It seems as though they are poised to release a new covers album called Everybody Loves Sausage. The first track has just been released, and it’s a version of Queen’s You’re My Best Friend with Caleb of Tweak Bird on vocals:

There’s also tour dates!

Melvins Lite:
Apr. 23 Tourcoing, France Le Grand Mix
Apr. 24 Brussels, Belgium VK* Concerts
Apr. 25 Haarlem, Netherlands Patronaat
Apr. 26 Cologne, Germany Burgerhaus Stollwerck
Apr. 27 Luxembourg Kulturfabrik
Apr. 28 Schorndorf, Germany Club Manufaktur
Apr. 29 Geneva, Switzerland L’Usine
Apr. 30 Livorno, Italy The Cage
May 1 Milan, Italy Bloom
May 2 Munich, Germany Hansa 39
May 3 Prague, Czech Republic Matrix
May 4 Wroclaw, Poland Asymmetry Festival
May 5 Leipzig, Germany UT Connewitz

Melvins:
May 7 & 8 Berlin, Germany Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 10 & 11 Paris, France Trabendo
May 13 & 14 Vienna, Austria Arena Wien
May 16 & 17 Zurich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik
May 19 & 20 London, UK Electric Brixton
May 25 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest
May 27 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
May 28 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
May 29 Cincinnati OH The Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
June 1 Memphis, TN Scion Rock Fest