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Monday, June 04 2012 10:38

Melvins Lite - FREAK PUKE (Album Review)

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It's not the thunderous twin-drummer assault that the MELVINS have been bringing for the past few years, but MELVINS LITE (Guitarist Buzz Osborne, Drummer Dale Crover, Bassist Trevor Dunn) 's FREAK PUKE is still an ample slice of noise from a band who, regardless of configuration, still bring the rock.

In many ways, FREAK PUKE brings carrys a "jam room" sense of space, raw and lo-fi as if you're in the room with the band. The album kick-off, however, seems to bear a huge influence of FANTOMAS - the experimental, Mike Patton-fronted crew that both Osborne and Dunn have served time. Brooding and spooky with a slow-build into schizophrenia, the first two songs soon give way to the groovalistic and appropriately-titled, "Baby, Won't You Weird Me Out."

By the end of the 42-minute set, you might be wondering what just happened amongst some noise, some grooves, and a PAUL McCARTNEY/WINGS cover, but the ride was so compelling, you'll likely get right back on and spin it again.

If you like the MELVINS.

4
The Rock Father Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 

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James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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