Ian Tepper, James May and Joey Troupe are Melt. The trio recently released a self-titled nine- song album Melt. They describe themselves as “thick, heavy, cosmic, fuzz-laden psychedelic rock, locking into a groove until the smoke clears” and have been compared to Black Sabbath, Fuzz, King Gizard & the Lizard Wizard, Sleep and Tame Impala. Suffice it to say this band slays.
They get going with “Alien Parade” and it is fun, fuzzy rock. There seems to be great playing by all three members which is kinetic, fast paced but also contains catchy melodies. As far as comparisons there are two bands not mentioned above that I thought were in a similar aesthetic - Queens of the Stone Age and Ty Segall. Great opener!
The band continues to melt faces (pun intended) with “Volcano.” I thought the bass work was killer on this song. The slightly more psychedelic but just as driving “The Birds” takes advantage of phaser effects that are subtle but add a degree of change to the sound.
“I Thought I Was Alone” is perhaps the most ballad-esque which still isn’t much of a ballad. It’s dark, crunchy and paints cosmic and mystical imagery about being jailed in some type of prison vortex. “Better Off Being Alone,” “Holy War'' and “Amendment” are short bursts of sound that reinforce the band's sound. The centerpiece is the eight-plus-minute “The Future” which is a slow burn closer to drone metal. Think somewhere between Sabbath and Sunn O))). There are some epic peaks and an absolute onslaught by the drummer. They ramp up the energy once more with the ultra fast “Reanimator.”
This band absolutely slays but I have to give some props to the engineers. They nailed the sound. It’s raw and fuzzy but also dynamic with a lot of fidelity.
This album is a must for fans of the aforementioned bands and I’m sure these guys will crush it live. Recommended.
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