Bullhead

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
After three albums filled for the most part with quick song bursts and the occasional longer track, the eight-song long Bullhead found the Melvins stretching out a bit more at points, this time allowing the heavily stoned tempos plenty of time to really sprawl all over the place. There are fewer sudden shifts between fast and slow moments as well, and a lot more pure lava-flow beat-over-head feedback sludge and noise. It's not all ten mph deliberation, though - "Zodiac" shows the trio at full speed and blasting aside anything that might be so foolish as to get in its way, not to mention one unhinged Osbourne vocal lead. If grunge was achieving breakthrough status in ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
After three albums filled for the most part with quick song bursts and the occasional longer track, the eight-song long Bullhead found the Melvins stretching out a bit more at points, this time allowing the heavily stoned tempos plenty of time to really sprawl all over the place. There are fewer sudden shifts between fast and slow moments as well, and a lot more pure lava-flow beat-over-head feedback sludge and noise. It's not all ten mph deliberation, though - "Zodiac" shows the trio at full speed and blasting aside anything that might be so foolish as to get in its way, not to mention one unhinged Osbourne vocal lead. If grunge was achieving breakthrough status in Seattle, it was being perfected in its rawest sense on this album. Opening cut "Boris" does all this in excelsis -- the band's longest recorded song at this point, nearly ten minutes long, it practically drips from the bongwater of eight million potheads, with Osbourne invoking his own brand of demons over the deep crawl of the music. Osbourne here really has got the dramatic, theatrical Ozzy Osbourne attitude down, with the occasional double-tracked vocals adding to the off-kilter intensity of the performances. Crover again shows his worth on the drums -- he plays things slow most of the time but, crucially, never once sloppily -- while Black keeps the bass going, however relatively unheard under Osbourne's guitar attack. "It's Shoved" is the not-so-secret highlight of Bullhead, Crover's brisker drum work and Black's sharp bass playing heralding a wild lead-guitar melody and a great ensemble performance. However, efforts like "Anaconda," with its slowly uncoiling power, and the intense "If I Had an Exorcism," which gets all the more wired and wound up as it goes (Black's bass here is some of her best), are no slouches.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/1993
  • Label: Boner Records
  • UPC: 038161002526
  • Catalog Number: 25
  • Sales rank: 24,598

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boris (8:34)
  2. 2 Anaconda (2:23)
  3. 3 Ligature (3:49)
  4. 4 It's Shoved (2:35)
  5. 5 Zodiac (4:14)
  6. 6 If I Had an Exorcism (3:07)
  7. 7 Your Blessened (5:39)
  8. 8 Cow (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Melvins Primary Artist
Lori "Lorax" Black Bass
Technical Credits
Melvins Composer
Jonathan Burnside Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fruit For Thought

    With Bullhead, Melvins stepped up their game by expanding upon their initial late '80s formula. This album saw more progressive tendencies, at least in the sense of longer and less songs. However, the band make it work to their advantage, making Bullhead one of their tightest and most-focused albums. It remains a classic fan favorite and while it is hard for me to pick just one, this record is certainly near the top. For straight-ahead Melvins, it doesn't get any better as an introduction. Houdini, another personal fave, also has plenty of memorable moments, but it saw some of the band's first experimental tracks, which fans tend to be more divided on. For me, it's not better or worse, just different. Nonetheless, Bullhead is one of the band's essential albums and perhaps the peak of their original sound before the Atlantic days. Make Bullhead one of your first Melvins buys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Is Good!

    They may well into their 3rd decade as a group, but for many, me included, their best stuff was the stuff on Boner. 'Bullhead' is my personal favourite Melvins album: pointless riffs which go on forever, lyrics which aren't even in English but sound authentically 'Metal', drum solos to commit suicide to, Shirley Temple's daughter on bass (yes, really). What more could you want?

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