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Mr. Bungle Reveals Openers For February 2020 Performances

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The previously announced reunion of Mr. Bungle (discussed HERE) and their subsequent adding of dates for these select shows (discussed HERE) were great announcements but the massive bit of curiosity was who would be opening for these shows. Now, those answers are revealed. Check it out down below.

The Press Release:
Eureka, Calif. – Mr. Bungle, who surprised fans last month when they unexpectedly announced several live performances, all of which sold out within moments of their on-sale, have announced the bands who will be joining them for the highly-anticipated performances. Hand-picked by the Mr. Bungle band members, the openers include Cattle Decapitation, Possessed, Hirax, the Melvins, Ho99o9, C*nts and Spotlights, reflecting a mix of artists that both influenced the Eureka-born outfit’s 1986 demo, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, as well as current bands that the musicians are both fans of and feel are carrying on the spirit of that era, both musically and in attitude.
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Napalm Death & The Melvins Bring “The Savage Imperial Death March” Tour To 2016

The tour announcements for the upcoming 2016 year keep on coming in and methinks they’re all aiming to utilize any holiday monies you bring in for their own heavy natured purposes. The latest one to zap into the email wished us to inform the Metal Legions about the Spring pairing of Grindcore legends Napalm Death and the influential Punk Rock band The Melvins. I’ve embedded the official poster, press statement and tour dates for you below and then shall return to offer up my thoughts.

Tour - Napalm Death - Melvins - 2016

The Press Release:
NAPALM DEATH and THE MELVINS join forces for the Savage Imperial Death March Tour, a six-week Spring trek that that kicks off on March 26 at The Marquee in Phoenix, Arizona.

“We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it’s finally happening,” states Napalm Death bass player Shane Embury. “Having been long time fans and friends of the Melvins we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and Melt Banana. Expect the unexpected!”
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Scion A/V & The Melvins teach about “The Bulls and The Bees”

Even though I was never really a follower of their music at the time of their inception, The Melvins were surely a band that influenced many with their blend of Punk and Metal. Formed in 1983 by Buzz Osborne the band has had a number of lineup changes over the years and currently finds Buzz along with Dale Crover, Jared Warren and Coady Willis bringing their material to new generations of fans and influencing them as well. Thanks to the folks at Scion A/V, the bands latest EP can be enjoyed for free by clicking the download link that I have posted. There are five songs to this “The Bulls And The Bees” EP and I am sure that you will like it even if you are just a casual fan like myself. I view all legally obtained free music as something that is very, very cool. Don’t you agree?

CD - Melvins - The Bulls and The Bees

To download the free EP all you need to do is click HERE.

Official Melvins Website: HERE

PS: There is a TON of stuff to download over on the Scion A/V site so please do yourself a favor and surf around their page to see what else you can add to the collection. I am pretty sure you can still find the Enslaved, Immolation and Wormrot EP’s and if you cannnot I suggest emailing them to ask how you can get them. Have fun.

“Houdini Live 2005: A Live History Of Gluttony And Lust” by The Melvins

Artist: Melvins
Title: “Houdini Live 2005: A Live History Of Gluttony And Lust”
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Release Date: 5/16/2006
Genre: Punk/Hard Rock
Rating: 7/10

Punk legends the Melvins have been a busy group and over the past year with touring in Europe have unleashed on the world a live recording of their classic album “Houdini”. The recording itself was not done in some conventional club but instead an isolated warehouse where the band setup shop and invited a crowd to be part of the event. I admit never really following the band but have to say that the recording truly delivers a different level of heaviness not often associated with Punk acts. There is a lot more of the Stoner Doom feel to some of the tunes which allow them a lot of room for performances with harder edged acts. There is not any crowd noise to speak of and the very clean yet dirty production level will definitely be of appeal to bands like Brand New Sin and perhaps Crowbar. Vocals are gritty across the whole piece and King Buzzo even has some Danzig moments to him. He is joined by Dale Crover (drums) and Trevor Dunn (bass). Both members of the rhythm section sing backup which brings those sections out all the more. I enjoyed the drumming very much and the bass was truly solid (as Dunn previously worked with the band Fantomas of which Slayers Dave Lombardo was a member).
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