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Montesano, Washington, United States (1983 – present)

Melvins are a band that formed in Montesano, Washington, United States in 1983. The band currently consists of Buzz Osborne (vocals, guitar), Jared Warren (bass), Dale Crover (drums) and Coady Willis (drums). Osborne is the only remaining original member, although Crover has been a member since early in the band’s career.

In the early days of their career their dark, heavy, oppressively slow sound made them innovators of genres like , , and . Melvins’ music is influenced by Flipper, Black Flag’s My War-era and Black Sabbath-style , but their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humor, and experimentation make neat categorization difficult. Singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne (aka “King Buzzo”) and drummer Dale Crover are constant members while several bass guitarists have cycled through the group. Melvins usually performed as a trio until 2006 when two members of Big Business became permanent members of the band.

The band was named after a grocery clerk at the Thriftway in Montesano, Washington where Osborne was employed. Melvin was the most-hated fellow employee and the band felt it to be an appropriate name. Like SF noisenik predecessors Flipper, their love of slow tempos and sludgy sound were a strong influence on music, especially Nirvana and many other bands from Seattle. Their protegés, however, tended to use more conventional musical structures with this sound.


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  • Izhorian

    Sweet Willy Rollbar & the collaboration with Lustmord <3

    Yesterday 3:49pm Reply
  • SiblingMint

    Thanks, I'll check out Joe Preston EP. I'm already listening to Pigs of the Roman Empire and so far it's not bad

    25 May 5:45am Reply
  • Fureon

    I think everything they've done is worth listening. But for you, I recommend the Joe Preston EP, Colossus Of Destiny, The Maggot, and maybe Pigs Of The Roman Empire.

    19 May 4:34pm Reply
  • SiblingMint

    Only album I like by them is Lysol, really enjoy Drone. Is there anything worth listening post-90's?

    3 May 7:23am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    The Melvins recorded a bunch of crap in the 90s? That's news to me. Lysol, Houdini, Stoner Witch, Stag, Honky and The Maggot are all very good to awesome albums. The only "crap" they've ever released has been some of the stuff they've released where they're clearly just fucking around/taking the piss.

    2 May 3:44am Reply
  • ColonyofMetal

    v Cooked

    1 May 3:54pm Reply
  • yuckyz

    can we pls b best friends

    30 Apr 9:04pm Reply
  • yuckyz

    dungdildo claims utter-lack of definitive rebuttal.

    30 Apr 9:48am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    nice incoherent babbling, very random and epic

    30 Apr 8:52am Reply
  • yuckyz

    awwh, mrs dungdildo, exxxpressing her basic basket biscuit morrisey boring bullshit, beyond tragic yet sadly paraplegic cookie-douche fat thighs major fupa_lose that weight cute honey. Girl, megadeath is not even in my artists library. good job. wear a helmet.

    30 Apr 6:36am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

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  • MilitaryTwoStep

    i'm glad you colloquialised your dang ol' flippin' standard english comment, it really helped me smell the cheap beer and body odour one would expect from a man so butthurt over people not being mentally 14 enough to enjoy megadeth.

    30 Apr 5:29am Reply
  • yuckyz

    opinions are opinions but dang, coming from another morrisey dungdildo yuppie talkin' out her ass? no, the stench just wreaks. /gag

    26 Apr 2:00am Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Pearl Bomb <3

    25 Apr 5:00pm Reply
  • phaserz2KO

    music is about forming opinions fellas. neither 90s melvins or Megadeth are objectively bad. for real. but Lysol is seriously an amazing album.

    22 Apr 3:58am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    Try Melvins/Lustmord if you want Melvins/sort of industrial, it's a decent collab.

    21 Apr 7:03pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    Because Megadeth is pure concentrated fucking garbage.

    21 Apr 7:02pm Reply
  • ISyed

    Melvins/Swans would be interesting

    21 Apr 7:26am Reply
  • ISyed

    Stoner Witch is so, so good. So many different sounds.

    21 Apr 7:25am Reply
  • HistoryOvHell

    Melvins and 80's Megadeth are both good.

    20 Apr 3:03pm Reply
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