Melted on The Inch is the third studio album from British stoner rockers Boss Keloid, and their first to be put out on Holy Roar Records. Although it comprises only 6 tracks, none of them are less than 6 minutes so the album is not as dramatically short as it may initially appear. The first thing to mention here is the groove that flows throughout this record, whether it’s the grinding riff of Chronosiam or the lighter guitar lines on Peykruve, you constantly feel the need to at the very least bob your head if not physically move your whole body to the infectious riffs and rhythms.
The album rolls along with a definite purpose, throughout managing to avoid the navel gazing that a more progressive band can slip into. The keyboards, so often the lead weapon of choice for the aformentioned self indulgent prog bands, creep underneath and around the other parts, holding everything together and adding essential atmospherics, whilst never truly taking centre stage. The swirling, Jromalih recalls the eastern influences that Led Zeppelin brought to bear upon the likes of Kashmir but interspersed with monolithic doom riffs. There are hooks and choruses all over the place, particularly on Chronosiam which has a chorus Mastodon would have been proud to pen.
Holy Roar Records appear to have the midas touch at this time and Melted On The Inch continues that trend, an absolutely splended psychedelic journey of an album.