Tres Cabrones

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Tres Cabrones
Melvins-Tres Cabrones.jpg
Studio album by Melvins
Released November 5, 2013
Recorded 2012-2013
Genre Sludge metal, experimental rock
Length 44:53
Language English
Label Ipecac
Melvins chronology
Everybody Loves Sausages
Tres Cabrones
Hold It In

Tres Cabrones is an album by the Melvins, released on November 5, 2013.[1] It features their original drummer Mike Dillard, with current drummer Dale Crover playing bass.[1] It is the first official album to feature Mike Dillard, as his only previous appearance before the recordings of this album were on Mangled Demos from 1983 and a handful of compilation and bootleg releases.

Nine of the songs previously appeared on vinyl before the album was released in forms of different mixes. Psycho-Delic Haze, Stump Farmer, Stick Em' Up Bitch and Walter's Lips all appeared on the 1983 EP, released on 10" vinyl and letterpress CD in 2012. City Dump, You're in the Army Now and 99 Bottles of Beer all appeared on the Gaylord single, released on 7" in the summer of 2013. American Cow was released on 10" and CD as part of the BASH 13 compilation with Mudhoney, Negative Approach, Die Kreuzen, Hepa-Titus and Gay Witch Abortion. Dr. Mule was previously issued on the 10 Years of Scion compilation along with a split 7" with Helmet. "I Told You I Was Crazy" and "Tie My Pecker To A Tree" will appear in vinyl form of a 7" release, set to come out at a New Year's Eve show with Redd Kross. "Dogs and Cattle Prods" was released as part 11 of the Sugar Daddy Live split series.

Walter's Lips is a cover of The Lewd and is a re-recording of "Walter" from Mangled Demos from 1983. Stick Em' Up Bitch features original lyrics and rhythm throughout the first half of the song before going into "Fascists Eat Donuts" by The Pop-O-Pies.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blabbermouth 8/10[2]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[3]
NME 6/10[4]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[5]

PopMatters journalist J.C. Macek III wrote "Tres Cabrones (Spanish for "Three Bastards") is, by its very nature, a mixture of classic and current Melvins and the current three-man lineup (at least current for this release) are adept at nailing each era and facet of the band (from the classic sludge to the artistic experimental rock to the psychedelic lyrics to the absolutely comical side they've always embraced)."[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer Length
1. "Doctor Mule"   Osborne 4:19
2. "City Dump"   Osborne 3:30
3. "American Cow"   Osborne 3:42
4. "Tie My Pecker to a Tree"   Traditional 1:03
5. "Dogs and Cattle Prods"   Osborne 8:58
6. "Psycho-Delic Haze"   Osborne 4:11
7. "99 Bottles of Beer"   Traditional 1:18
8. "I Told You I Was Crazy"   Osborne 6:54
9. "Stump Farmer"   Osborne 2:22
10. "You're in the Army Now"   Traditional 1:10
11. "Walter's Lips"   The Lewd 3:12
12. "Stick em' Up Bitch"   Osborne/Pop-O-Pies 4:14


The Melvins (1983)[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Toshi Kasai - recoding, omnichord & toy piano
  • John Golden - mastering
  • Mackie Osborne - design


  1. ^ a b "Melvins’ 1983 lineup reunites for new album, Tres Cabrones". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  2. ^ Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "MELVINS "Tres Cabrones"". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Kivel, Adam (November 5, 2013). "Album Review: Melvins – Tres Cabrones". Consequence of Sound. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Noel (October 31, 2013). "Tres Cabrones". NME. 
  5. ^ a b Macek III, J.C. (7 November 2013). "Melvins: Tres Cabrones". PopMatters.