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Basses Loaded


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By now, you know whether or not you like Melvins. The sludge-metal titans are kingpins of low-ended, experimental music at his point. A 2016 release, or even two, probably won't change your opinion on them, be it a positive or not so positive one. "Loaded" with six different bass players, their 24th studio record really isn't the monotonous beast it threatens to be, and feels a little lukewarm given its abrasive imagery.

Butthole Surfers' JD Pinkus lends four strings on "Captain Come Down," arguably the record's most brooding cut, freakout guitars and war-march rhythms aplenty. Elsewhere, Nirvana's Krist Novoselic and Mr. Bungle man Trevor Dunn feature. In truth, Basses Loaded is an intriguing study into the influence of different bass players on a legendary band's sonic dynamics, and offers isolated moments of creative triumphbut it's a record overwhelmed by its creators back catalogue, and not one you could imagine having any kind of longevity. (  

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