MELVINS

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A Walk with Love and Death ★★★ Ipecac Record­ings

They have a pro­lific back­cat­a­logue to prop up their legacy as in­flu­encers and trend­set­ters of the rock, punk and metal scenes, but un­til now Melvins had never ven­tured into dou­ble-al­bum ter­ri­tory. Their 25th al­bum, lit­er­ally, one of two halves. Death is an ex­plo­ration of ex­per­i­men­tal time sig­na­tures, raw, un­re­lent­ing squalls of gui­tar (as heard on

Euthana­sia and Sober-del­lic) and an in­trigu­ingly stealthy sense of gloom through­out. Love, on the other hand, is an al­most un­lis­ten­able sound­track to a short film that shares its ti­tle with this al­bum, a pre­ten­tious tan­gle of half-baked riffs and un­fin­ished sketches. Just when you feel that Melvins have kept you on your toes, the de­flat­ing flip­side punc­tures any sense of mo­men­tum and at­mos­phere. Ul­ti­mately, it does the Wash­ing­ton rock stal­warts a dis­ser­vice. melvins.com

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