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Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Never Were The Way She Was
Excellent modern classical with post-rock influence. Stetson isn't as prominent as his solo records (which is expected due to this being a collaborative effort) but rather his playing weaves into the dreamy, soaring fabric. I wasn't familiar with Neufeld before this, but she is fantastic too. Beautiful melodies are repeated but never to the point of boredom, and the songs are organic, reminiscent of birds in flight. The title track is weak and the record ends too suddenly, but overall Never Were the Way She Was is exceptional. "The sun roars into view" is one of the best songs of the year. 4.4
David Krakauer Pruflas: Book of Angels Volume 18
An underappreciated volume. Jazz-rock with electronics, and there are even glossolalia vocals (courtesy of bassist Jerome Harris) and a John Zorn alto sax appearance on "Tandal." Some tracks are funky ("Egion,") some jazzy ("Kasbeel,") but it's all performed admirably. Closer "Monadel" is a letdown, but besides that Pruflas is a wildly fun ride. "Neriah-Mahariel" is especially fantastic. 4.5
Meshuggah Selfcaged
A precursor EP to Destroy Erase Improve. It contains three songs that appear on that album, and a live version of "Gods of Rapture" from the None EP. The studio songs are good, but just get the full album. The live track isn't special enough to warrant getting this too (and it has some weird fuzzy patches). 2.0
Napalm Death Apex Predator - Easy Meat
Apex Predator is another solid Napalm Death record. There is some mild experimentation (the title track, "Hierarchies"), but for the most part this is the same heavy, relentless deathgrind as their last several records. Some of the material gets lost in the shuffle, but overall Apex Predator is another brutal, well-performed addition to the Napalm Death catalogue. More experimentation and risk-taking would benefit future records, but it's not as if this stuff doesn't rock too. 3.8
Meshuggah Psykisk Testbild
Meshuggah's first EP, somewhat unsurprisingly, sounds nothing like the band's later work. Imagine Metallica with more chugging and way worse vocals (seriously, Jens would improve leaps and bounds on subsequent releases). Nothing worth hearing here except for curious fans. 2.0
Meshuggah None
The first Meshuggah release where they start sounding like, well, Meshuggah. The chugging rhythms, barked vocals, and chunky production are all here, albeit in less concentrated form than subsequent releases. "Rational Gaze" actually has clean vocals (the only song in Meshuggah's entire catalogue to do so), and "Gods of Rapture" has a legitimate jazz fusion guitar solo. Overall, None is a great EP. It proved a stepping stone for Destroy Erase Improve and thus the Meshuggah we've come to know today. 3.5
Meshuggah obZen
Tomas Haake is back behind the drumkit, which is good. Ultimately, there is very little difference between this record and Catch Thirtythree, though. There's less ambience, and the songs aren't combined into one track, but really, this is Meshuggah doing Meshuggah... again. Meshuggah does the low-tuned, mechanical, groovy chugging thing so well that this is okay, but obZen isn't groundbreaking for them. Besides that, the biggest problem with the record is the songs are almost unanimously too long with too little variation. Montony quickly sets in when listening. This is evident with the two biggest hits from the album, "Blee

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  • SnakeDelilah matt berninger
    April 30 09:31 PM
  • SnakeDelilah valve
    April 30 07:12 PM
  • deathschool Nice ATF soundoff. Very samey sounding album. Definitely overrated to me.
    March 23 09:26 PM
  • Angelboros Boy, do you write some very thoughtful soundoffs. The John Zorn (his saxophone abilities are mesmerizing) ones in particular really stand out, IMO
    February 3 04:07 AM
  • johnnydeking29 I've heard a couple of songs, but am waiting for the cd - considerable hype!
    November 26 11:34 AM

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