Chingalera In The Shadow of the Black Palm Tree

Chingalera In The Shadow of the Black Palm Tree
Listing influences like Sabbath, Deep Purple, the Who, King Crimson, Rollins Band, and Tool, there’s only one persuasive force that need be remembered for L.A.’s newest prog metal trio: the Melvins. Released on their own label, In the Shadow of the Black Palm Tree is five tracks of Steve Albini-produced sludge that shreds speaker cones and terrifies small children, compliments of the rhythm section of former Staind-paired band U.P.O. and their guitar tech. "Trust Us True Believers” taps into Zeni Geva’s Desire for Agony for malevolent guidance and "O.T.B.D.” has -16- riffage gurgling up from the grave, funnelled through Theory of Ruin’s amps. The 13-minute "The Occidental Apology” sports the focused yet unhinged doom of Lysol-era Melvins, complete with Theremin screams, and the Helmet-like "Black Palm” brings it up to Stoner Witch speed, though it deftly switches tempos throughout. "Better Living Through Chemistry” (not a QOTSA cover) even features a xylophone and choir during its coda. The accompanying DVD features studio footage, the band’s intriguing take on musical artistry and Albini’s explanation on the flight of bumblebees. (Pacific)