Freak Puke shouldn't work, but it does, incorporating upright bassist Trevor Dunn into a pared down Melvins. The opening track "Mr Rip Off" starts with Dunn's deep bass lines, Dale Crover's usual beating drums staying subdued throughout the track—and most of the album—while vocalist Buzz Osbourne keeps the tone heavy with vocals and guitar riffs. Those riffs and vocals keep things heavy, with "Inner Ear Rupture" pulling out some fuzz and "A Growing Disgust" and "Lean vs. the Revolution" sticking to a more traditional heavy Melvins sound, but Crover and Osbourne stretch the Melvins well-known ethestic in creative ways.
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