Melvins - A Walk With Love And Death (2016) [Official Digital Download]

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Melvins - A Walk With Love And Death (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Melvins - A Walk With Love And Death (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 81:41 minutes | 930 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

2017 release from US sludge-rock legends! Disc one is a 'proper' album & disc two is the score to a short film of the same name, directed by Jesse Nieminen. Featuring guest stars such as Joey Santiago, Teri Gender Bender and Anna Waronker, A Walk With Love and Death is like a one-stop shop of everything to love, hate and feel infuriated by about Melvins.

Given the Melvins' long history, and their devotion to the tar-pit heaviness of '70s hard rock (in particular Black Sabbath), it seems odd that they've waited so long to deliver one of the standard benchmarks of a veteran rock band – the thematically ambitious two-disc set. Billed as the first double album in the Melvins' three-plus-decade history, 2017's A Walk with Love & Death isn't so much an album long enough to require two discs as it is two albums that have been presented in one package, each with a very distinct aural personality. The first nine tracks of this package have been given the subtitle Death, and they sound very much like the Melvins, with plenty of crunchy downbeat guitar figures from King Buzzo, sharp and muscular drumming from Dale Crover, and thick, powerful basslines from Steven McDonald (who has adjusted well to full-time status after his part-time role with the band on 2016's Basses Loaded). "Black Heath" and "Sober-delic" are subtle by Melvins standards (with cleaner tones taking the place of the traditional fuzz), and "Christ Hammer" and "What's Wrong with You" suggest McDonald has brought a bit of Redd Kross' pop sensibility to these sessions. But "Euthanasia," "Cactus Party," and "Flaming Creature" leave no doubt that this band still has a firm command of all things heavy, and ultimately this is immediately recognizable as the Melvins. That is not at all the case with the 14 tracks under the subheading Love, which were created for an experimental film directed by Jesse Nieminen. Though the track "Give It to Me" features some rudimentary bashing from the group, the remainder of Love consists of non-melodic noise soundscapes, with random noodling combined with found sounds, unidentified ranting, sound effects, and electronic distortion. Without having seen the film, it's impossible to say how these pieces work in their original intended context, but on their own, they have a playfully sinister energy but remain effective for only so long, and as a complement for the Death half of the album, they wear out their welcome long before the last track is over. There's a very good Melvins album leading off A Walk with Love & Death, but the rest of it is only going to agree with a tiny numbers of fans, though it could make an effective musical backdrop for your next Halloween spook house.


CD1 #01 - Black Heath
CD1 #02 - Sober-delic (acid only)
CD1 #03 - Euthanasia
CD1 #04 - What's Wrong With You
CD1 #05 - Edgar the Elephant
CD1 #06 - Flaming Creature
CD1 #07 - Christ Hammer
CD1 #08 - Cactus Party
CD1 #09 - Cardboa Negro

CD2 #01 - Aim High
CD2 #02 - Queen Powder Party
CD2 #03 - Street Level St. Paul
CD2 #04 - The Hidden Joice
CD2 #05 - Give It To Me
CD2 #06 - Chicken Butt
CD2 #07 - Eat Yourself Out
CD2 #08 - Scooba
CD2 #09 - Halfway To the Bakersfield Mall
CD2 #10 - Pacoima Normal
CD2 #11 - Park Head
CD2 #12 - T-Burg
CD2 #13 - Track Star
CD2 #14 - The Asshole Bastard

Analyzed: Melvins / A Walk With Love and Death

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR8 0.00 dB -10.77 dB 6:41 01-Black Heath
DR7 0.00 dB -9.76 dB 6:03 02-Sober-delic (acid only)
DR8 0.00 dB -9.45 dB 4:36 03-Euthanasia
DR8 0.00 dB -9.30 dB 2:37 04-What's Wrong With You
DR8 0.00 dB -9.30 dB 3:37 05-Edgar the Elephant
DR9 0.00 dB -9.75 dB 4:23 06-Flaming Creature
DR8 0.00 dB -10.60 dB 3:52 07-Christ Hammer
DR9 0.00 dB -10.60 dB 3:38 08-Cactus Party
DR9 -0.01 dB -11.42 dB 2:57 09-Cardboa Negro
DR10 -3.25 dB -18.36 dB 2:02 01-Aim High
DR12 0.00 dB -15.82 dB 2:15 02-Queen Powder Party
DR11 -0.11 dB -14.18 dB 2:19 03-Street Level St. Paul
DR10 -2.93 dB -18.43 dB 1:11 04-The Hidden Joice
DR10 0.00 dB -11.45 dB 2:49 05-Give It To Me
DR12 -0.10 dB -16.35 dB 1:50 06-Chicken Butt
DR14 0.00 dB -16.54 dB 5:04 07-Eat Yourself Out
DR12 -0.82 dB -17.10 dB 1:09 08-Scooba
DR12 -0.72 dB -15.77 dB 4:17 09-Halfway To the Bakersfield Mall
DR11 -0.10 dB -15.88 dB 2:33 10-Pacoima Normal
DR11 -1.56 dB -15.84 dB 3:39 11-Park Head
DR12 -0.13 dB -15.47 dB 4:11 12-T-Burg
DR14 -0.09 dB -17.38 dB 5:03 13-Track Star
DR14 -0.07 dB -17.32 dB 4:55 14-The Asshole Bastard

Number of tracks: 23
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1543 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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