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Studio album by Melvins
Released May 3 1991
Recorded 1990 at Razor's Edge Studio in San Francisco, California, USA
Genre Sludge Metal, Grunge
Length 34:56
Producer Jonathan Burnside
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Bullhead is the third studio album by Melvins, released via Boner Records circa 3 May 1991. Notably it saw a tonal shift in the band, emphasizing on longer songs and drifting away from hardcore punk while still attaining elements of sludge and grunge. While positively received at the time it has been cited as one of the band's seminal works and a personal favorite of bandleader King Buzzo.[1] Several songs of the band such as "Anaconda" and "It's Shoved" have consistently remained in the band's live set since it's release.


In late 1990 Melvins would begin work on their next studio album, with the intents of making an album stylistically different from the previous two works. The band recorded the album on almost no money in roughly five days, which included mixing. In an interview with Louder Sound, Buzz Osborne explains the recording process of Bullhead:

"I have to put the Bullhead record in my top 10. We intentionally made a record that was very different to the two that came before it with that one, and we made it for almost no money in four or five days, including mixing. I did my best to make everything single song was different as well; I really wanted each one to have an individual flavour. That was the idea and I think it worked. I really like the cover art for that one too, which was kind of how it worked for us from then on."
— Buzz Osborne, Louder Sound [2]

In an interview with Flipside Magazine in 1991 both Buzz and Dale would speak positively about the new album as compared to previous works.

"[Buzz] I like the new record better, generally, than our other ones. I like the material better, overall. There's some songs on our other records that I just hate. I like this stuff better, and uh... I like the production better too.

[Dale]I like the new one because it has a lot more different drum sounds on it. I got to mess around a lot more... Every song had pretty much a different mix on the drums, which I thought was cooler because the other ones have the same sound all the way through."

— Melvins, Flipside Magazine via Todestrieb [3]

Boris would be released on CD, Cassette and Vinyl (With Vinyl re-issues to follow in 2014 packaged with Ozma and then again in 2018 by itself.) and has since attained near-universal praise via retroactive critics.[4][5][6][7][8]

Notably the Japanese experimental rock band Boris got their name from the first track of Bullhead[9] and in on some dates of their fall 2019 tours covered the song that brought their namesake.[10][11] Boris also notably covered "It's Shoved" in their early years as a sludge metal quartet. Nirvana's song "Milk It" is also structurally similar to "It's Shoved". In 2012 several photos from the photoshoot for the album would be unveiled for the first time in two decades.[12]

Rolling Stone would put the album on two of their "All-Time" lists: #60 on Rolling Stone's "Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time"[13] and #25 on their "25 Greatest Grunge Albums".[14]



Melvins - Bullhead - 3rd Studio Full Album 💿

All songs written by Buzz Osborne.

  • 1. Boris (8:34)
  • 2. Anaconda (2:23)
  • 3. Ligature (3:49)
  • 4. It's Shoved (2:35)
  • 5. Zodiac (4:14)
  • 6. If I Had An Exorcism (3:07)
  • 7. Your Blessened (5:39)
  • 8. Cow (4:31)


External Links[]


  1. Louder Sound
  2. Louder SoundWe got Melvins’ Buzz Osbourne to pick the 9 greatest Melvins albums, accessed 22 April 2020
  3. Todestrieb28 Years Ago: MELVINS release Bullhead, accessed 22 April 2020
  4. From Corners Unknown
  5. Sputnik Music
  6. Sputnik Music
  7. South Maudlandian Standard
  8. Metal Reviews
  9. Creative Loafing
  10. YouTube
  11. YouTube
  12. Grungebook
  13. Rolling Stone
  14. Cobras And Fire
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