Crystal Fairy Album Review
Dale Crover and King Buzzo can do no wrong. The two have been the torch bearers for sludge metal for nearly 30 years, and have been doing it well. The duo have been flying under the radar, just high enough to get noticed, and long enough to influence a multitude of musicians and artists.
So… when I heard about their new group with Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes, and Omar Rodriguez Lopez, from At the Drive In, I said “fuck that noise” and choked on my Faygo. I dare not call them a supergroup, but it’s just as super that they got together in the form of Crystal Fairy.
I said “these guys are the real deal”, and Crystal Fairy proved it with a self-titled debut that is just what you think it is, The Melvins with a female vocalist. It’s all there: Crover’s staccato jungle beat, Buzzo’s Sabbath in quicksand palm muted circus, and Teri Gender Bender’s soaring demon angel over the top. Rodriguez Lopez shows himself with a differing melody to the songs on bass, but the record feels like hsi influence is buried deep within the noise.
The songs rumble through the air with opener “Chiseler” fist in the gut pounder. Single “Drugs On the Bus” is a bass driven slow jam in the swamp. “Necklace of Divorce” opens with 70s guitar riffs with all the sauce before descending into Teri Gender Bender’s scratching alto. Other high points on the record include: “Under Trouble”, which slinks through, sounding eerily Queens of the Stone Age. “Crystal Fairy” is a pop sensation. “Posesion” offers a duet of sorts, with Buzzo and Teri Gender Bender providing an ominous tone.
Crystal Fairy is a great record, I have yet to find something that is negative about it, and as far as The Melvins, Le Butcherettes, At the Drive In, and their multitude of other projects that these musicians have going on, it’s on par….
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