Such is the case with Hold It In, which sees the Melvins absorb Butthole Surfers members Paul Leary and Pinkus for a raucous ride into burly riff country. As with last year's Tres Cabrones (featuring a version of the Melvins' 1983 lineup), this ensemble is a nod to the past; the combination of weirdo-metal legends propels the band's iconic sound towards the dinosaur stomp of '90s efforts like Houdini and Stag. As usual, Osborne and Crover effortlessly navigate a vast range of sonic territory; check the way the disjointed verses of "The Bunk Up" dissolve into an accordion-coloured breakdown before exploding into a lengthy stoner-rock guitar solo or the (yet another) iconic riff that powers opener "Bride of Crankenstein."
Typical Melvins sidebars, like the Bowie-esque "You Can Make Me Wait" and the country-fried "I Get Along (Hollow Moon)" are typically forgettable, once again highlighting the band's tendency to sacrifice the trajectory of a truly great record in order to throw in a few musical punch lines. No one ever accused the Melvins of being boring — despite calling the record Hold It In, it's overflowing with ideas and creativity. (Ipecac)