Colossus of Destiny
Back cover. The front cover depicts a tv in a red background.
Live album by Melvins
Released April 16 2001
Genre Sludge Metal, Noise, Experimental, Porn Samples
Length 59:28
Producer Vince DeFranco
Melvins chronology
Colossus of Destiny
Hostile Ambient Takeover

Colossus of Destiny is a live album by Melvins, recorded in December 1998.


While the Melvins had been known to sporadically perform noise sets throughout the 90s they had seldom ever been properly recorded. The band would perform an set on December 13, 1998 with Tool guitarist Adam Jones as a guest. The set rounds out in nearly an hour of noise, electronics, porn samples and audio chaos before turning into the classic Melvins song Eye Flys (Eye Flys begins around 51:45 in "Track 1"). Reportedly, some fans were on the ground clutching their ears from the sheer loudness of the set.

Melvins - Colossus of Destiny

Melvins - Colossus of Destiny

“i was there. it was about an hour and then it turned into eye flys. it was so loud most people were holding their ears. my friends were lying on the floor in agony, only to be revived by an AMAZING second set. Dale was playing his set with the Ozma covers on the bass drum. anyway, it had Adam from Tool, it was just tons of noise, Dale had a guitar and a keyboard I think, Kevin had his back to us the whole time, I don't remember what Buzz was doing. it was basically just the loudest thing ever, pure noise. I can't imagine what it will sound like on CD, and if you'd ever want to listen to it more than once. I'll buy it of course. first time I saw them with Adam. I didn't know who he was and yelled and pointed "Who is that guy?" right before the 2nd night's set started and Buzz said "I don't know, I thought maybe you did." then the noise started.”
— "Aaron", [1]

Colossus of Destiny was intended to be the third album in The Trilogy along with The Maggot and The Bootlicker but was ultimately put aside once the guest idea came along and thus The Crybaby was recorded. Thus, it's considered the fourth part of the trilogy. Colossus of Destiny is also one of Buzz's favorite Melvins releases.

“Was that considered to be.? Absolutely! We put out records that we would like as fans! To me it's like, if people don't like that record, then they obviously don't fully understand what is it that we're doing. It's a good CD."

"Oh. Well, in the grand scheme of things, when you take all the Melvins albums that came out, it's not like anything we've ever done. And it's very much - it's not just random noise. When you sit down and listen to the record, tthere's a meter and flow to it, it very much works out. If people have a problem with it, they're letting their inability to comprehend what we're doing impact their feelings for it.”

— Buzz Osborne, interview with Mark Prindle [2]

The name of the album is taken from the John Fante book The Road to Los Angeles, in which the main character, Arturo Bandini, writes a book bearing the name Colossus of Destiny. The name would also be used for the Melvins documentary The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale.


  • 1. Untitled - 59:23
  • 2. Untitled - 0:05


External LinksEdit


  1. Live Albums, accessed 24 October 2016
  2. Mark Prindle Buzz Osborne, 2002, accessed 24 October 2016
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