Tres Cabrones - Melvins
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    80
    It's business as usual, then--even with a manic cover of 99 Bottles Of Beer. [2 Nov 2013, p.53]
  2. Nov 8, 2013
    72
    Capped with a couple of covers of songs by San Francisco punk jokesters Pop-O-Pies, Tres Cabrones finds the three stooges keeping the ghost of Mr. Bungle alive.
  3. 70
    Even as they slip effortlessly into middle-age, their perennial prog tendencies are still evident on the demonic squall of I Told You I Was Crazy and the sprawling, trippy Dogs And Cattle Prods. [Dec 2013, p.99]
  4. Dec 4, 2013
    70
    Some of this material resurrects the sneering, punkier spirit of early Melvins. [Nov-Dec 2013, p.90]
  5. 70
    While Tres Cabrones churns with the urgency and fire of a much younger band, the collection ultimately reveals more about the group’s raw early years and the gnarled musical roots that got them here, than providing any hints as to where in the hell the Melvins might possibly be going in the future.
  6. 70
    Tres Cabrones is yet another example of the Melvins’ mischievous musical enthusiasm and ability to triumph over the rock star flare-outs, reunion cash-grabs, and stale maturity that have plagued other veterans of the Seattle scene.
  7. 70
    Tres Cabrones pummels you with no-frills sludgy goodness like "City Dump" and "Stump Farmer," uncomplicated and uncompromising metal.
  8. Nov 4, 2013
    70
    While these kinds of weird departures would be hard for any other band to pull off, Tres Cabrones shows that, even after 30 years, the Melvins are still as brash as ever, and the album feels like a fitting way for the band to ring in a big anniversary with an old friend who was there at the very beginning.
  9. Nov 27, 2013
    65
    The pacing is only slightly faster than a brontosaurus in a tar pit, each track riding on a spine of thick lumbering guitar. [No. 104, p.54]
  10. Dec 18, 2013
    60
    A lesser work compared to, say, 2008's Nude With Boots, Tres Cabrones nevertheless stomps with enough sulphurous, slothful might to satisfy the faithful. [Jan 2014, p.102]
  11. Dec 16, 2013
    60
    It gets gnarlier elsewhere.
  12. Nov 8, 2013
    60
    This 19th album may not quite be the best of their releases, nor is it the most accessible album to come out of 2013 (accessibility would not exactly be very Melvins, would it?), but Melvins fans and fans of experimental rock, novelty songs and the classic punk style that never took itself too seriously will find a lot to love in Tres Cabrones.
  13. Nov 4, 2013
    60
    "Comic" interludes like "Tie My Pecker To A Tree" lose them a point, but electronic-strafed epic "I Told You I Was Crazy" shows these proto-grundge "three dumbasses" have interests beyond neolithic riffing. [Dec 2013, p.70]
  14. The initial feeling that this album is destined to be one of their many jokey, disposable ventures dissipates slightly as Osborne’s near-peerless ability with a brain-alteringly great riff takes hold.

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