Crystal Fairy
Crystal Fairy Album
The Japanese pressing of the album.
Studio album by Crystal Fairy
Released February 24 2017
Recorded 2015 - 2016 at Sounds of Sirens Studios in San Fransisco, California
Genre Sludge Metal, Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Punk Rock
Length 40:15
Label Ipecac Recordings
Producer Crystal Fairy
Crystal Fairy chronology
Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy is the only studio album by the side project featuring King Buzzo and Dale Crover (Melvins), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes) and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In). Teased with singles via Amphetamine Reptile Records, this album would be released in February 2017 to positive reviews, overall an 80/100 score on Metacritic.[1]

The album was reportedly written and recorded in a week, with a fluid and spontaneous process. Osborne and Crover would be in one room working on riffs. Rodríguez-López would be in another working on bass lines, and Suárez would be in another, creating lyrics for demos that had just been tracked. She abandoned her usual, deliberate writing technique in favour of improvisation: "the songs wrote and interpreted themselves." Drugs would be a recurring theme and Buzz suggested a Tales of Terror cover to Teri, which both agreed on.[2]

Two singles would be released via Amphetamine Reptile Records prior to the albums release. The first was Necklace of Divorce (10 October 2016) which featured "Necklace of Divorce" and "Drugs on The Bus" as a 7" (300 copies in three variants, some bearing labels of Red Alpha Royale, the original band's name.). The second single would feature the title track and "Chiseler" on a 12" (250 copies in two variants.). Lastly the Ipecac release came in digital, CD and Vinyl (Black Vinyl, Lavender Vinyl, Floro Pink Vinyl, Clear Vinyl). Special handmade editions would be made for the Melvins' 2017 tour supporting A Walk With Love and Death.


All songs written by Crystal Fairy, except 9 which is a Tales of Terror cover.

  • 1. "Chiseler" (3:00)
  • 2. "Drugs on the Bus" (4:34)
  • 3. "Necklace of Divorce" (4:19)
  • 4. "Moth Tongue" (4:57)
  • 5. "Crystal Fairy" (3:59)
  • 6. "Secret Agent Rat" (3:21)
  • 7. "Under Trouble" (5:12)
  • 8. "Bent Teeth" (3:52)
  • 9. "Posesión" (Pat Stratford, Lyon Wong, Steve Hunt, Geoff Magner, Mike Hunter) (2:20)
  • 10. "Sweet Self" (2:22)
  • 11. "Vampire X-Mas" (2:19)


  • Buzz Osborne - Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Dale Crover - Drums
  • Teri Gender Bender - Keyboards, Guitar, Lead Vocals
  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Bass, Guitar
  • David Goldman - Photography
  • Mackie Osborne - Design
  • Toshi Kasai - Recording
  • Chris Common - Recording, Mixing, Mastering


  1. Metacritic
  2. Bandcamp
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