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Published on July 24th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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King Buzzo On His New Album “Gift Of Sacrifice” With Trevor Dunn, Work Ethic & Much More

If you know your rock history, you ought to know that without The Melvins, there would probably have been no Nirvana. The Melvins — as headed by Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover — have also been documented as having influenced the likes of Tool, Soundgarden, Helmet, Lamb Of God, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Faith No More’s Mike Patton. In turn, without The Melvins, who’s to say what rock music — or even rock-influenced pop music — would have sounded like over the last 30 years?

Osbourne — also known as King Buzzo — has also kept busy outside of The Melvins over the years. His second solo album is titled Gift Of Sacrifice and is set for an August 14, 2020 release on via the aforementioned Mike Patton’s label Ipecac Recordings. The nine-song release finds Osborne joined by longtime friend and Mr. Bungle bass player Trevor Dunn. A music video for the song “I’m Glad I Could Help Out” was premiered via Consequence of Sound back in April, as created by Jesse Nieminen.

As embedded below, along with the “I’m Glad I Could Help Out” music video, I had the absolute pleasure — and I do say “absolute pleasure” — of speaking with King Buzzo himself via Zoom on July 24, 2020. Beyond discussing Gift Of Sacrifice, Osborne kindly opened up about his work ethic, gratitude, future career plans, whether he and Trevor Dunn plan on doing another album, and plenty more. Additional info on all things related to King Buzzo can be found via www.themelvins.net, www.instagram.com/melvinsdotcom and/or www.twitter.com/melvinsdotcom.


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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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