The Melvins: “Pinkus Abortion Technician” Album Review

The Melvins – “Pinkus Abortion Technician” (Ipecac Recordings)
By: Tom Hanno


The Melvins, a uniquely amazing group from Los Angeles, has an album coming out on 4/20. Said album is called Pinkus Abortion Technician, and will be available through Ipecac Recordings. For those of you who don’t know the Melvins, then you surely are behind the times. Formed in Aberdeen/Montesano, WA way back in 1983, The Melvins have been melting skulls since that very time!! I saw them open for Pantera and White Zombie back in the day, and they were astounding; the new album shows the band doing what they always do, which is what they want to do, and it works very well for them!!

“Stop Moving to Florida” is the opening track, and is one of the weirder tracks on this release. However, that is not to say that it isn’t a cool tune. It has a start/stop quality that I find very interesting, and slightly confusing; those two qualities make the song more interesting to the ear.

My favorite track on here is called “Don’t Forget to Breathe”, and that is due to the slow groove of the song. The melody line is quite catchy, and it sounds like steel drums being used in there. The lead is a spacey flight into Buzz Osborne’s brain, and fits the song absolutely perfectly.

Another track that I enjoyed was the cover of The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as I am a huge fan of The Beatles, and the treatment the Melvins give it is so them. The guitars are heavy, yet poppy, and Buzz sounds great on this track!!!

“Flamboyant Duck” is another cool selection on the album. It opens with a cool acoustic guitar, and is joined by a banjo, and the distorted guitar comes in sparsely to let every instrument breathe, and to make the track even better in my opinion!!

The new album by the Melvins is uniquely them, and unique in general. I really enjoy when a band will forgo the trends of the mainstream, and put out exactly what they want to put out; the Melvins do this with every release, and I hope they continue to buck the musical system until they decide to retire!!!!

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