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  • Audio CD (9 Dec. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ipecac
  • ASIN: B00EV1ARG6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. Amazon
2. Amazon
3. AMAZON
4. AMAZON
5. We All Love JUDY
6. We All Love JUDY
7. Manky
8. Manky
9. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-pronged Crown)
10. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-pronged Crown)
11. The Horn Bearer
12. The Horn Bearer
13. Judy
14. Judy
15. See How Pretty, See How Smart
16. See How Pretty, See How Smart

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is the first in a trilogy released by the melvins (the bootlicker and crybaby to follow). This part shows off the heaviest side of the melvins and is the best heavy album that I have heard in years. Agreeably it will not be for everyone as the Melvins go out of their way to make it as uncomercial as possible, which makes it all the better. The first track, amazon, is speedy for, the melvins, notorious for their oppressively slow sludge rock, and Dale sounds like he has taken a sledgehammer to his kit. The second, AMAZON(yep, same name) is more typically Melvins with one of the heaviest riffs that you are ever likely to hear, Suprisingly the drums are still there. The rest of the album does not ease of until 'The green manalishi (with the two pronged crown', written by Peter Green. This is the most melodic that the album gets. The album decnds into further slabs of sludge-core rock getting more and more ear-splitting with each King Buzzo riff. This is definitely an album that you have to hear, forget Slipknot, Korn and the nu-metal 'revolution, these guys still hold the crown in heavy music, crushing all contenders in a wall of distortion. They've been doing it longer, heavier and better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Chase VINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2007
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After a stint of superb major label releases in the mid 90s ("Houdini", "Stoner Witch" and "Stag") the Melvins were under pressure to maintain form. Never ones to stick to one sound, and always inclined to create off-centre weirdness, they responded with the rather jumbled "Honky" in 97. Two years down the line and on Mike Patton's Ipecap label they released "The Maggot", a thunderous return to glory, combining Buzzo's idiosyncratic huge riffs, sumptuous vocal harmonies and experimental craziness.

The album is structured as one large song, sprawling through movements of classic rock, experimentalism, slogging sludge metal and punk-come-thrash. This may sound daunting and potentially terrible, but if any band can draw together such an album it is the eccentric talents of the Melvins. The two-part "Amazon" piece kicks the album off in style, shifting from fast paced thrash with psychedelic vocals (wild but wonderful), into classic Melvins sludge riffing merged with menacing vocals from Buzzo. From then on to the thundering climax of "See How Pretty, See How Smart" the album delivers consistent excellence. This is most notably found in the album's central piece, the cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Green Manalishi". The song is given such a remarkable makeover, with Buzzo flourishing in the sprawling riffs and ghostly vocal melodies. This remains one of my favourite Melvins songs to date, and one of the best classic rock covers I have ever heard - a triumph to the band's ability.

"The Maggot" was a great return to the heights of "Houdini" and "Stoner Witch". Combining all the elements that make the band special - intriguing structuring, big riffs, big vocals, experimentation...everything is there for the Melvins fan, or those that desire something a little different.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Heavy and to the point 11 April 2004
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Format: Audio CD
Quite frankly a lot of reviewers have hit the nail on the head with this album.In a word it is indeed HEAVY.I dare say this 10 times heavier than your favorite "nu-metal" band and easily 1000 times more intelligent.Obviously you're here because you are a melvins fan already ,or ,looking to become one.I dont know if a newbie would quite understand the magnitude of this ,or the other two albums in the trilogy,at least not fully...until they have heard some of the previous albums.So if you are new I suggest 1"26 Songs',"Ozma" or their more accessible "Stoner Witch" and "Houdini".Now for those of you who already know them but dont know the album...heres a quick rundown.The first 4 tracks are actually one song (AMAZON) and are very punk meets sludge in style.Awesome opener.All the rest of the songs are divided into 2 tracks....for what reason i dont know,but it does not detract from any of the songs at all.Every song has a different vibe ,but all stay in the same heavy vein as the others.I must say I was completley blown away by the cover of "The Green Manalishi"...I assure you that you havent heard this song until you hear the Melvins version of it.Some Melvins cds are hit and miss as far as overall album feel...this is not one of them.Solid from track 1-16.....Try it out...if you're a fan....you WILL like it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Start for the a Trilogy 9 Nov. 2006
By Snow Leopard - Published on Amazon.com
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Good god, this is a heavy crazy album. What a treat. As part of a trilogy of albums (The Bootlicker, and the Crybaby also), it can be considered on its own, or as part of the larger three-disc work.

Somewhat mysteriously, each of the 8 songs on the disc are split into two tracks; one wonders if this is related to Mike Patton's Fantomas-like division of songs apparently at random. In any case, the tracks run together seamlessly and the conceit is at least provocative, if nothing else.

"Amazon," totaling 1'43", amusingly starts with a whacked out, "Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man," and then the music immediately launches into a huge, fast aggressive guitar fest, with Buzz's vocals resembling Jonathan Davis nasality echoing over them. The riff here in particular exploits that great, gorgeous, giant guitar sound Buzz loves to use.

"AMAZON," totaling 5'44", is a mid tempo death-trot, with yummy note-bends providing most of the riff itself, punctuated by Dale banging away in counterpoint drums. The vocals here are overdubbed husky-guttural sarcasm and high nasal twanginess almost lost in the mix. After a few choruses, Buzz unleashes the noise-solo, multiple-tracked feedback, squelching, distortion. Without headphones, this might sound like repetitious mush--and what great repetitious mush anyway--but there's more going on that a set of bad speakers might immediately disclose.

"We all love JUDY," at 2'32", has all the earmarks of one of those short pieces from Gluey Porch Treatments, with 15 some odd years of compositional knowledge added to it. Mostly a relentlessly sawing, heavy riff, and echoing, indecipherable lyrics floating over the top of it, at the end, the signature guitar doubling just adds that much more heft to the whole short affair.

"Manky," at 7'27", is one of the epics on this album. It starts, self-indulgently, with a single bass drone that slowly rises, then falls again. Another reviewer elsewhere has commented that the Melvins are fundamentally all about anticipation; that's what you get here. What is going on? Where is this going? And if you already know the song, it's "Ooh, any second now, it'll start." One of the all-time greatest--no, seriously--chug-a-lug death grinds ever committed to tape, vocals here with psycho-killer growling and then .... A series of bent, distorted growling guitar lines--repeated four time, and thank goodness for that. Happily the song is content just to cycle through this, and then just SITS on the chug-a-lug for almost 3 minutes to end the song. For those paying close attention, this underlying riff which runs through the piece runs in a 4, 3, 3, 6 (with the on the first beat of each), with flanged and phased out drums skittering around through the mix. Again, headphones help to bring out the details. Someone complains about the repetitions on this album; this is probably the spot where. If all you are doing is listening to the guitar, it may indeed sound repetitious. The piece ends by returning to the nasty drone it started with, plus a sharp hiss of noise.

"The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)," at 6'53", is a cover of a Peter Green song (an early member of Fleetwood Mac). I've never heard the original, but considering that this version is nearly 2 minutes longer than the original, I'm assuming it's slower and heavier. In any case, the song sounds entirely like it could have originated with the Melvins (except for the comprehensible lyrics), to say nothing of the fact that it is a building, grand and extremely musical version. The obligatory enormous guitar opens up over the whole thing, and then an unprecedentedly gorgeous guitar tone and solo starts sailing over the whole thing like some kind of mythical beast. "Beautiful" or "moved" are hardly ever words one would normally associate with the great effects the Melvins can achieve, but it really applies here--including even the howling, snarling guitar mess at the end. (Okay, well, maybe it's not beautiful, but it still fits.)

"The Horn Bearer," at 2'27", is another essay through the kind of "punk" (one really has to put that in quotation marks) that the Melvins are partially known for. Fast walls of noise--it'd be a lot of fun to see this one live.

"Judy," at 2'36," opens with a thrummy bass-only gig, that eventually has skysaws buzzing over it. Precisely NOT the kind of "punk" the Melvins are occasionally known for. Despite its length, it can still be described as a slowly developing, instrumental slush of noise--loud ambience, including someone hacking up a lung at the end.

"See How Pretty, See How Smart," at 10'32", is the other epic on the album, patiently working its lumbering, detailed noisescape in that way that only Melvins can. Super heavily reverbed vocals, echoing spacily over the lumbering thrum somehow seems like another arch commentary on the "Hey Mr. Tambourine Man" that started it all. There is indeed an enormous, cave-like trance quality here, but it's nothing like the peace and love of the 60s. Especially once the screaming starts. A great finish. And after several seconds of silence, there's a preview of the opening song on "The Bootlicker."

Overall, this is an exceptionally well sequenced album; it's certainly one of my favorites in the whole Melvins catalogue. Although the Melvins may sometimes be erratic, or become enamored with some effect or irony, when they are really in their groove, as they are here, the accolade of them being the most important band in the U.S. today sometimes even seems to fit.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thundering Melvins 30 Oct. 2007
By Tom Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After a stint of superb major label releases in the mid 90s ("Houdini", "Stoner Witch" and "Stag") the Melvins were under pressure to maintain form. Never ones to stick to one sound, and always inclined to create off-centre weirdness, they responded with the rather jumbled "Honky" in 97. Two years down the line and on Mike Patton's Ipecap label they released "The Maggot", a thunderous return to glory, combining Buzzo's idiosyncratic huge riffs, sumptuous vocal harmonies and experimental craziness.

The album is structured as one large song, sprawling through movements of classic rock, experimentalism, slogging sludge metal and punk-come-thrash. This may sound daunting and potentially terrible, but if any band can draw together such an album it is the eccentric talents of the Melvins. The two-part "Amazon" piece kicks the album off in style, shifting from fast paced thrash with psychedelic vocals (wild but wonderful), into classic Melvins sludge riffing merged with menacing vocals from Buzzo. From then on to the thundering climax of "See How Pretty, See How Smart" the album delivers consistent excellence. This is most notably found in the album's central piece, the cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Green Manalishi". The song is given such a remarkable makeover, with Buzzo flourishing in the sprawling riffs and ghostly vocal melodies. This remains one of my favourite Melvins songs to date, and one of the best classic rock covers I have ever heard - a triumph to the band's ability.

"The Maggot" was a great return to the heights of "Houdini" and "Stoner Witch". Combining all the elements that make the band special - intriguing structuring, big riffs, big vocals, experimentation...everything is there for the Melvins fan, or those that desire something a little different.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The heaviest album ever made. 24 Oct. 2003
By Ted Nugent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Man, this album is great. From start to finish it kicks your freakin' butt, smashes your eardrums, and melts your speakers. Just put the album on number 3 (AMAZON) and prepare to be crushed. Holy crap that song's heavy. And the last song is THE definition of sludge metal. Depressing, droning, crushing, downtuned, super freakin' distorted sludge metal. My only complaint was the production. The drums were WAY too soft. You could hear the snare okay, the cymbals so-so, if you listened hard you could kind of hear the toms, but you couldn't hardly even hear the bass drum at all. And Dale's a damn good experienced drummer, too, that's pretty sad. If you like any type of heavy music, you should check this album out along with anything by Kyuss, another great heavy-as-crap band. Also check out the album Stoner Witch and Houdini by the Melvins. I'm out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Okay Kids, Buckle Up! 26 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is a weird and wild ride. But if you didn't like the Melvins before, you're not going to like them now. The Maggot summarizes their crunch-heavy and abstract leanings; giving driving grind and surreal, poly-rhythmic droning all rolled into one. If you're in it for the crunch, you might come out disappointed from wading through the ambiant stuff; however, I hope it's an indication of things to come given that it is the first installment of their "career suicide" three-albums-in-one-year deal with Ipecac Records. So, buyer beware; it's a great album, but spin someone else's copy before you sink any money into it. Melvins die-hards, you know you'll love it.
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