The enigmatic legend Dale Crover was named as one of Rolling Stone Mags best ‘100 Greatest Drummers of All Time’. He is best known for his 30+ year career as one half of the essential Melvins roster, Crover has contributed to countless albums ranging from platinum-plated classics (and he also appeared on three songs on Nirvana’s ‘Bleach’) to seminal cult LPs. However, up until this point Crover's solo efforts have only appeared once in a blue moon, limited to the Melvins 1992 KISS-themed solo EP, and a couple intermittent 7" releases. The Fickle Finger Of Fate marks Crover's first calculated, full length solo effort.
Now he is finally is finally releasing his first solo full-length. Titled ‘The Fickle Finger of Fate’, on Joyful Noise and it is a traps-bashing chops-feast, showcasing a melodic sensibility weaned on Sixties pop and Seventies arena rock, with no shortage of wild effects.
Let's be clear: this is not a drum record. The album features a perplexingly diverse batch of songs that recall the best moments of the Melvins catalog. With 90% of all instruments played by Crover, and recorded by longtime engineer Toshi Kasai, the album is sure to tickle the temporal lobes of Melvins devotees. Sonically, the album ranges from slightly microwaved heaviness, to surprisingly chill Pink Floyd-tinged ballads, to Max Roach-meets-Throbbing-Gristle drum experimentations, to good old fashioned Andy Kaufman-style head-fuckery.
Though consistently otherworldly, ‘The Fickle Finger Of Fate’ is surprisingly approachable— dare we say, catchy. But even at it's most anthemic, you won't be able to shake the feeling that a sinister ambience is hovering just beneath the surface.