(A) Senile Animal

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(A) Senile Animal
Studio album by Melvins
Released October 10, 2006
Recorded July 1–14, 2006 at West Beach Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Sludge metal, stoner rock,[1] alternative metal
Length 41:24
Label Ipecac
Producer Melvins
Melvins chronology
A Live History of Gluttony and Lust
(A) Senile Animal
Nude with Boots
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Drowned In Sound 8/10 stars[3]
Pop Matters 8/10 stars[4]
Stylus (B-)[5]
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[1]

(A) Senile Animal is an album by the Melvins, released on October 10, 2006. After Kevin Rutmanis' departure the two remaining members of the Melvins joined forces with Big Business, a duo at the time consisting of Jared Warren on bass and Coady Willis on drums. Speaking to Kerrang! in 2008, Buzz Osborne said:

When it became obvious we wouldn't be working with Kevin again, me and Dale were very discouraged fellows – I was bummed out for 18 months! We didn't know what we were going to do, but we knew we were going to do something. We'd played with Big Business and Jared [Warren]'s name had been batted around when we were thinking of bass players but I thought instead of just getting him, why don't we just get both those guys? We thought about two drummers a long time ago and messed around a little bit but [getting Coady Willis, Big Business' drummer] was the best decision we could have made. I'm not afraid of making changes and everything’s worked out perfectly for everybody including Kevin. This record is one of my favourites and I think we're just scratching the surface of what we can do with these guys.[6]

A music video for "The Talking Horse" was made and shown in 2007.

The song "A History of Bad Men" appears in the film I Know Who Killed Me and in the TV show True Detective.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Talking Horse"   2:41
2. "Blood Witch"   2:45
3. "Civilized Worm"   5:57
4. "A History of Drunks"   2:20
5. "Rat Faced Granny"   2:41
6. "The Hawk"   2:35
7. "You've Never Been Right"   2:30
8. "A History of Bad Men"   6:43
9. "The Mechanical Bride"   6:26
10. "A Vast Filthy Prison"   6:44
Total length:

Vinyl edition[edit]

The vinyl edition was released as a 4-LP box set from Hydra Head Records. Each LP featured music on one side and an etching on the other. This was limited to 300 copies in a variety of colors and designs.


The Melvins[edit]

Technical and artwork[edit]

  • Toshi Kasai – Recording and Mixing
  • John Golden – Mastering
  • Mackie Osborne – Artwork
  • Kevin Willis – Band Photos


Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2006 Heatseekers 6
Year Chart Position
2006 Independent Albums 20


  1. ^ a b Pitchfork Media review
  2. ^ "A Senile Animal". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/releases/8725/reviews/1305182-/ Archived June 10, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "The Melvins: A Senile Animal". PopMatters. 
  5. ^ "The Melvins - A Senile Animal - Review". Stylus. 
  6. ^ "Treasure Chest: An Intimate Portrait of a Life in Rock: King Buzzo". Kerrang! Magazine (1214): 60. 14 June 2008.