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The Melvins' love for Kiss goes far beyond most fans, for these set of three EP's each member of the band recorded a record of their own and released it exactly as Kiss did in 1978, right down to the parodies of the artwork. For "no commercial potential" check out Joe Preston, the newest member of the Melvins. His former band Earth (not the group that became Black Sabbath) experimented with excrutiating slow speeds, and for his solo outing he takes those tempos and dares to test the endurance level of those who purchase. His "The Eagle Has Landed" features an annoying two year old brat screaming over elevator music, and for those who enjoy listening to one guitar chord altered and stretched over a non-existent beat for 20 minutes there's "Bricklebrit." Separately all of them stand out as highly original, but they should be purchased as a set. ~ John Book, All Music Guide
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The Eagle Has Landed-Not much in the way of a song.More of an ambient peice.It sets the mood of being on the beach perhaps,with kids playing in the background and "elevator" type music in the forefront.Suprisingly catchy but not much to it. 3/5
Bricklebrit-Here you go.The whole reason to get this cd.Very heavy and ominous.Perhaps the most melvins sounding song on here.If this were the only song on the cd it would still be worth buying. 5/5
Hands First Flower-OK...heres where the concentration comes in.This song is about 22 minutes long and doesent really change much through the song.Basically it comes off as endless droning with very little change in it anywhere.As a musical peice it is'nt much,however,i do think its interesting that someone could sit through this 22 minutes waiting for something to happen....like major key change...explosive guitar riffs.....seizures...ANYTHING.All only to find that it never comes....somehow i find that funny.But again I must say its not much of a song. 2/5
So there you go.In a nutshell i think its an interesting album and worth it for Bricklebrit alone.But definately buy this with the other three to get the full picture of the bands flexibility.
When i first heard it I was a bit turned off, just by the first track alone. We all hate that screaming child in the grocery store's voice fouled over that mind numbing muzak track that's playing above it. And Preston Utilizes it in his solo album! Actually it's a very inventive opener now that I think about it. Then with the killer horror movie death metal groove of 'Bricklebrit' equipped with some samples from Apocalypse Now and some of Preston's sickest Basslines. And the 23 minute 'Hands First Flower' a doom ridden plodding movement of one H E A V Y riff and it grows heavier and sprawls through some of the most evil atmospherics. It's kind of like waking up in an abandoned factory and not remembering a thing.
That's when I really started to admire this album. Preston used the EP to his advantage to throw those early Melvins fans off or on to his unique sense of doom crunch riffing and sweet atmospheric ambience (bass and guitar). And if you notice today there are countless amounts of bands using film samples in their music. Wasn't to much of it going on in 1992
Alreayd apparent it's the most diverse of the Three Ep's. It's kind of becoming my favorite but when i'm ripped and hear Crover's i'll always chnage my mind.
All of the Melvin's albums are amazing, and this one is no exception. Just because theirs no Buzz and Dale Chemistry aboard doesn't make it a bad listen. Preston was a Melvin once too. And besides it's 500x better than anything KISS has released.
(Sorry, I really hate them. Melvin's OWNED 'Going Blind'. That's their song now.)