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Basses Loaded
Basses Loaded
Studio album by Melvins
Released June 3, 2016
Recorded Sound of Sirens Studio
Length 45:49
Label Ipecac
Producer The Melvins, Toshi Kasai
Melvins chronology
Three Men and a Baby
Basses Loaded
 Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic Star fullStar fullStar fullStar emptyStar empty[2]
Pitchfork (5.5/10)[3]
PopMatters Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar emptyStar emptyStar empty[4]
Consequence of Sound B-[5]

Basses Loaded is a studio album by the Melvins, which was released on June 3, 2016 through Ipecac Recordings. This release features every member that has been a part of the band over the previous decade, with special attention given to the bass players. Steven Shane McDonald, of the bands Redd Kross and Off!, makes his debut with the Melvins as their newest member. In addition, Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic makes a guest appearance.[6]

Nine songs from the album were previously released through Amphetamine Reptile Records on two limited edition EPs (Beer Hippy and War Pussy) and in a split-release with Le Butcherettes (Chaos as Usual).

Track listingEdit

No. TitleWriter Length
1. "The Decay of Lying"    6:35
2. "Choco Plumbing"    4:11
3. "Beer Hippie"    5:15
4. "I Want To Tell You"  Harrison 3:13
5. "Captain Come Down"    2:54
6. "Hideous Women"    3:04
7. "Shaving Cream"  Traditional / Bell 2:31
8. "Planet Destructo"    6:05
9. "War Pussy"    2:47
10. "Maybe I Am Amused"    2:45
11. "Phylis Dillard"    4:21
12. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"  Traditional / Norworth, Tilzer 2:07


  • Kristy Joy - backing vocals

  • Toshi Kasai - engineer, producer
  • Mackie Osborne - art


  1. Basses Loaded - Melvins. Metacritic.
  2. Deming, Mark. Melvins - Basses Loaded. Allmusic.
  3. Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby (6 June 2016). Melvins - Basses Loaded. Pitchfork.
  4. Skinner, Jared (2 June 2016). The Melvins: Basses Loaded. PopMatters.
  5. Caffrey, Dan (June 16, 2016). Album Review: The Melvins - Basses Loaded. Consequence of Sound.
  6. Melvins Recruit Krist Novoselic for New Album, Blast Dave Grohl for Blowing Them Off.

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