(The) Melvins* ‎– (A) Senile Animal

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"(A) Senile Animal" is a studio album by the Melvins issued on compact disk by Ipecac Recordings in 2006 and on vinyl by Hydra Head Records in 2008, it's the first album to feature new members Jared Warren on bass and Coady Willis on drums, from the group Big Business.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
IPC-82, IPC82 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(CD, Album) Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings IPC-82, IPC82 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
IPC-82, IPC82 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(CD, Album) Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings IPC-82, IPC82 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
IPC-82, IPC82 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(CD, Album) Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings IPC-82, IPC82 US 2006 Sell This Version
IPC-82, IPC82 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(CD, Album) Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings IPC-82, IPC82 US 2006 Sell This Version
IPC82 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE) Ipecac Recordings IPC82 US 2007 Sell This Version
HH666-139 Melvins (A) Senile Animal(2xLP, Etch, TP, Bot + 2xLP, TP, Bot) Hydra Head Records HH666-139 US 2008 Sell This Version
HH666-139 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(2xLP, S/Sided, Etch, Dar + 2xLP, S/Sided, Etch, Da) Hydra Head Records HH666-139 US 2008 Sell This Version
HH666-139-BS (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(4x12", S/Sided, Etch + Box, Ltd) Hydra Head Records HH666-139-BS US 2008 Sell This Version
HH666-139 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(4xLP, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd) Hydra Head Records HH666-139 US 2008 Sell This Version
HH666-139 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(4xLP, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd, Cle) Hydra Head Records HH666-139 US 2008 Sell This Version
HH666-139 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(LP, S/Sided, Etch, Pea + LP, S/Sided, Etch, Oli + ) Hydra Head Records HH666-139 US 2008 Sell This Version
HH666-139-BS (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(4x12", S/Sided, Etch + Box, Ltd, Ora) Hydra Head Records HH666-139-BS US 2010 Sell This Version
IPC82 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE) Ipecac Recordings IPC82 US 2012 Sell This Version
IPC-82, IPC82 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(CD, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Num) Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings IPC-82, IPC82 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
IPC-82, IPC82 (The) Melvins* (A) Senile Animal(CD, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Num, S/Edition) Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings IPC-82, IPC82 US 2017 Sell This Version

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redstingray1977

redstingray1977

April 25, 2017
referencing (A) Senile Animal, CD, Album, IPC-82, IPC82
Hydra needs to reissue this as a double LP. Just give us a well mastered nice pressing on 2 discs without the collector's bullshit please.
Fishman313

Fishman313

October 22, 2016
referencing (A) Senile Animal, 2xLP, S/Sided, Etch, Dar + 2xLP, S/Sided, Etch, Da, HH666-139
Just got a copy of this at my local shop and just love the sound and packaging is well done , totally a winner with this one
BasedSwagedelica

BasedSwagedelica

August 23, 2016
referencing (A) Senile Animal, CD, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Num, IPC-82, IPC82
Kinda regret not picking this up, or any of the other albums that got reissue like this, at the show. But they were asking $35 for it which was silly to me.
Raineer

Raineer

December 6, 2013
referencing (A) Senile Animal, CD, Album, IPC-82, IPC82
(A) Senile Animal is one of the best albums by (The) Melvins, if not in the whole stoner rock genre. It's hard to speak of them as a stoner rock band as their influences vary from experimental rock to sludge or even doom metal. In considering this you know where the diversity of the tracks comes from.
Since they got together as as four-piece with two drummers, signed by Ipecac Recordings in 2006, they're making music on a different level. Fans of the early days might fall short of their expectations as the present songs are easier to listen to for the average joe.
The first song The Talking Horse gives an expression of what awaits the listener. A cluster of drum-loaded riffs supported by a fuzzy bass and an aggressive guitar bursts in. Followed by Blood Witch which makes one understand the mention of sludge as one of their genres. Civilized Worm is a contrast to the other songs as they seemed to try to combine too many musical elements into one song. This stands for their experimental style but can be seen as an improvised song that hasn't been worked out properly.
The title A History of Drunks says it all. It's the kind of funky rock'n roll song that lets one shake the hips. Not one of their greatest but fun to listen to. Rat Faced Granny is the kind of metal song that adds on to the groovy elements of its predecessor.
The Hawk sounds like a wild animal that is on its way to the prey. It clearly lets one get a feeling of what the next song You've Never Been Right sounds like. Unfortunately they didn't manage to keep the variety they had before. Aggressive guitars get interrupted by heavy drum fill-ins. These drums continue to sound on as the peak of the album A History Of Bad Men starts.
One must say that it is truly an epic masterpiece of complex drums recorded in a very audiophile way supported by the riffs that won't get out of your ears for quite a while.
Those drums try to impress the listener in the Mechanical Bride and A Vast Filthy Prison but the riffs just can't get any better.
Although not too good at the end, this album is definitely worth listening to!
munkeezunkel

munkeezunkel

June 4, 2011
referencing (A) Senile Animal, CD, Album, IPC-82, IPC82

This is possibly my favorite album of all time. I was always intrigued by the Melvins but was never completely 100% sold on them (thanks to albums like Prick and Colossus of Destiny). They seemed to have the ability to completely blow me away with songs like Honey Bucket (from Houdini), or Revolve (from Stoner Witch) or Dr. Geek (from Hostile Ambient Takover), but there were always a few tracks I really liked, and a few I really didn't. As soon as I heard (a) Senile Animal there was no question that this was the greatest living rock/metal/whatever band in existence. I have to credit the addition of the Big Business boys for adding a new level of intensity to what was already one of the heaviest combos around. The overall experience of this album feels like a 45 minute rollercoaster that won't let you off. Then, when your thinking it's almost over, and you might be able to get free, it just coasts along until you're left with no choice but to ride it out and let it have it's way with you. This is, perhaps, a poor review, but it's hard to describe how completely enthralling this piece of work is. It's like the 'perfect' album I would have imagined in my head, without having any idea how to execute it. The Melvins did it for me. Thanks guys. You now have a devoted fan for life. Anyone who likes it a little rough (and a lot awesome) should check this one out. It's hard to imagine that anyone could not love this album, but there are bound to be some who just don't. That's the Melvins in a nutshell, I suppose.
PRISONFOOD

PRISONFOOD

June 1, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
referencing (A) Senile Animal, CD, Album, IPC-82, IPC82
One of the greatest Melvins albums. Solid tracks with epic riffs that withstand the test of time alongside other Melvins greats: Stag, Stoner Witch, Honkey etc. These dudes were on a real creative high on this album.