What can a person say about a good Melvins album? If you're a Melvins fan you are probably going to get this album anyway, so it doesn't matter what I say. If you have given up on the `Vins because of a stretch of weak albums here me out- Plus, WTF are you doing here if you already gave up on them?? Anyway, long-time Melvins fans have probably noticed a few dips in the road- a few "less than stellar" albums if I may just come right out and say it. You gotta love a group that has gone on a few decades never making it big, but yet influencing MANY. They intentionally never made it big. GnR got big and look at them now. Thankfully not my Melvins! You also gotta love that little kid that swings at every pitch- THAT'S the Melvins!! I guess their theory is that you have to swing in order to knock a homerun out of the park, and that's exactly what they did on Tres Cabrones!! Their catalogue was starting to go down gradually following Nude with Boots- I was beginning to forget why I was always eager for their next release, and I completely forgot what it feels like to enjoy listening to new Melvins release! If you are like me, you kind of suffered through the last few albums of theirs slowly losing hope. Listening to Freak Puke was a real chore . I would've bet everything I owned that Trevor Dunn PLUS that album title would = awesome!?! Well, we were wrong. (of course Everybody Loves Sausages was good, but it was covers, so yeah...)
Moving on, once you throw Tres Cabrones in, you will remember in the first 3 seconds how rewarding it can be to be diving into a solid new Melvins release for the first time! It mixes all the best parts of your favorite albums: take 2 scoops of Stag, add smidgen of Houdini, a pinch of The Maggot (minus the repetitiveness, of course), a twist of Stoner Witch, add just the right amount of Darkside of The Grave and dig in!! Possibly my new favorite Melvins album, and an excellent starting point for Melvins Newbies!