Thursday, June 27, 2002

Ear Plugs Saved Me
I enjoyed some extremely ugly music last night. I went to The Middle East in Boston to see the Melvins perform with opening act Isis. Whew, What a show. Isis opened it up with a very heavy three-guitar attack of sprawling doomful drone. Vocals (or more accurately guttural screams and shouts) were sprinkled minimally throughout the songs. Some heavy heavy guitar work was on display here. A virtual wall of sound that pummeled the senses. Beautiful stuff. And then as always the Melvins performed to their precise standards. The guitar work of King Buzzo was pitch perfect and the set list incorporated the most brilliant melding of some 6 different tunes into a nonstop blast of speed, power, and noise that occurred halfway through their performance. Simply sublime.


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