Tres Cabrones

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Tres Cabrones
Melvins-Tres Cabrones.jpg
Studio album by Melvins 1983
Released November 5, 2013
Recorded 2012-2013
Genre Sludge metal, experimental rock
Length 44:53
Language English
Label Ipecac
Melvins 1983 chronology
Everybody Loves Sausages
(2013)Everybody Loves Sausages2013
Tres Cabrones
Hold It In
(2014)Hold It In2014

Tres Cabrones is an album by the Melvins 1983, 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 appearances were on the archival Mangled Demos from 1983 and a handful of compilation and bootleg releases.

Nine songs were previously released in various limited releases through Amphetamine Reptile Records:

  • 1983 EP with "Psycho-Delic Haze", "Stump Farmer", "Stick Em' Up Bitch" and "Walter's Lips"; 10" vinyl and letterpress CD in 2012.
  • Gaylord 7" with "City Dump", "You're in the Army Now" and "99 Bottles of Beer", summer 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 available for free download on the 10 Years of Scion compilation and later released on a split 7" with Helmet.

"I Told You I Was Crazy" and "Tie My Pecker To A Tree" were later released together as a 7" release in December 2013. "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, which had been previously recorded as an instrumental by the original lineup and released as "Walter" on 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]

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


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Toshi Kasai - engineer, 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 August 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "MELVINS "Tres Cabrones"". Blabbermouth. Retrieved March 2, 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. ^ Macek III, J.C. (November 7, 2013). "Melvins: Tres Cabrones". PopMatters.