26 Songs album cover
26 Songs

Melvins

1986
Ipecac Recordings

Though there were tapes, comp appearances and even earlier demos that later surfaced, Melvins began their standalone career as such with the 1986 6 Songs EP, later expanded to 10 Songs and finally given an overall 26 Songs version in 2003. Recorded in Seattle with future Mudhoney stalwart Matt Lukin on bass, the basic principle of ‘what if Black Sabbath founded punk rock’ was in place, short but fierce songs dominated by Dale Crover’s drums and Buzz Osbourne’s shredded vocal howl and massive riffs as on “Easy As It Was” and “At A Crawl.”

Ned Raggett

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