Black humorists who play Black Sabbath riffs, the Melvins have always been rock's idiot savants, singing in goofy cartoon voices while wallowing in a singular mix of mud-churning guitars, humongous percussion, and ground-rattling low bass. That they've managed to stick to this stew while keeping everyone interested for the last 20 years is remarkable; that they always sound familiar yet remain totally unpredictable is astounding. The band's served as a constant revolving door for talented bassists—from Matt Lukin to Joe Preston to Kevin Rutmanis—but sewing on both members of Big Business to the core Melvins duo of Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover is a particularly inventive transplant. While Jared Warren's bass provides superb counterpart to those sludgy guitars, it's Coady Willis's skins and trash-can lids that add a discernable clobber: The result is a louder, tighter,... More >>>