Anyone who's interviewed or read interviews with Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne knows he can be a prickly son of a bitch. Intense might be a better word for it. But that intensity is likely what has kept the Melvins making heavy rock that's still vital and challenging after three decades, without selling their souls. And they're as productive as ever. In the last year and a half, the band has released a five-song EP, a full-length as Melvins Lite, another EP with original drummer Mike Dillard, and a covers album. And they're all good. As the Melvins celebrate 30 years, we should cerebrate the importance of this band. Let's cherish these fuckers. MARK LORE
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