100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

MelvinsThe Bride Screamed Murder (Ipecac, 6/1/10)

Melvins: “Evil New War God”
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Remarkably, the Melvins‘ umpteenth album isn’t quite like any of its predecessors.  After nearly 30 years as a band, that’s still a fantastic achievement — to maintain such a high level of quality and experimentation while retaining its idiosyncracies.

On The Bride Screamed Murder, down-tempo sludge riffs again are elbowed out by hard- and classic-rock riffs.  The tunes are as anthemic as ever, but this time they’re infused with elements like marching chants and whistles; avant-garde, squealing outros; a twisted take on The Who‘s “My Generation”; and soothing a cappela harmonies.

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