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Bullhead

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Boris
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Anaconda
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Ligature
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It's Shoved
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Zodiac
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If I Had an Exorcism
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Your Blessened
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Cow
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 34:52

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"Sludge Metal"

caro1eb

I love what they created in 1991: this album and the EP, Eggnog. Melodious s--l--u--d--g--e with a very heavy beat and, yeah, "noises."

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Oh yeah, I forgot to get my pills!

Spliv

Mind control, slow-core at its best. The yawing guitars that move like lava, the huge space between Dale Crover's drum beats, the heavy grind of the Sabbathian riffs. An early peak for a band that really is as good as their influence suggests. Boris still likes a lot of little things to kick.

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Required Listening

Queef

One of their earliest efforts that reveal what they would soon become. Standout tracks are Anaconda, It's Shoved & Zodiac.

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Unique

ArmageddonPunk

Everybody interested in music in general should check out this record. Like the Melvins or not, they have a unique approach to making music. It's like they sucked in the rock music of the last century and then spit it out again in slow motion.

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1 of t bomb

nagynorfolk

get this if you like houdini not enough stars for this

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Essential Listening

punkdaddy

This is one of those albums that, when I first heard it back in the early 90s, changed my entire musical landscape. Holds up to this day.

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They Say All Music Guide

After three albums filled for the most part with quick song bursts and the occasional longer track, the eight-song long Bullhead found the Melvins stretching out a bit more at points, this time allowing the heavily stoned tempos plenty of time to really sprawl all over the place. There are fewer sudden shifts between fast and slow moments as well, and a lot more pure lava-flow beat-over-head feedback sludge and noise. It’s not all ten mph deliberation, though – “Zodiac” shows the trio at full speed and blasting aside anything that might be so foolish as to get in its way, not to mention one unhinged Osbourne vocal lead. If grunge was achieving breakthrough status in Seattle, it was being perfected in its rawest sense on this album. Opening cut “Boris” does all this in excelsis — the band’s longest recorded song at this point, nearly ten minutes long, it practically drips from the bongwater of eight million potheads, with Osbourne invoking his own brand of demons over the deep crawl of the music. Osbourne here really has got the dramatic, theatrical Ozzy Osbourne attitude down, with the occasional double-tracked vocals adding to the off-kilter intensity of the performances. Crover again shows his worth on the drums — he plays things slow most of the time but, crucially, never once sloppily — while Black keeps the bass going, however relatively unheard under Osbourne’s guitar attack. “It’s Shoved” is the not-so-secret highlight of Bullhead, Crover’s brisker drum work and Black’s sharp bass playing heralding a wild lead-guitar melody and a great ensemble performance. However, efforts like “Anaconda,” with its slowly uncoiling power, and the intense “If I Had an Exorcism,” which gets all the more wired and wound up as it goes (Black’s bass here is some of her best), are no slouches. – Ned Raggett

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