Meshuggah
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4.5
superb

Review

by Deviant STAFF
December 17th, 2009 | 298 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meshuggah Inc. demonstrate yet again jaw dropping advancements in the field of robotics

Hailing from Umea Sweden, Meshuggah have been putting out unclassifiable music since their debut E.P Meshuggah, also known as Psykisk Testbild. While a relatively tame effort compared to later releases it cemented the band’s reputation as one to keep an eye on. With the addition of Tomas Haake, replacing original drummer Niclas Lundgren, the band began in earnest on their first L.P Contradictions Collapse. While the album had much more of a thrash metal vibe to it, contained within its sonic boundaries were what to become trademarks of the Meshuggah sound: jazz fusion guitar solos and an undeniable propensity for complex precision. Later works, including the now classic Destroy Erase Improve were quick to improve upon any early flaws and were also a clear indication of the ‘evolved’ sound of the band. Every additional release showed a clear indication of progress within the band, and an increased sense of technicality only served to raise expectations for additional works. Then in 2002 Meshuggah did an about face and released Nothing, a down tuned, mid tempo behemoth of an album, that while remaining as technically astounding as anything that they had put their name to before served as something of an irritation to long term devoted fans. Containing some of their most accessible work to date, a decidedly sour taste was left in the mouths of many. The scene was set for a return to form.

I begins rather humbly, but by no means quietly. A pulsating drum rhythm encircles the listener as the dual guitars chime out in a struggle to be heard over the cacophony of toms and double kicking. It’s an introduction designed to test the patience of its listener, an introduction that purposefully out stays it’s welcome. For 1 minute and 30 seconds it will hold you in its grips, oblivious of your desires for something more, until from out of the sludge rings a single snare hit. Then all hell breaks loose……

What comes is next is something that can be only accurately described as ‘controlled chaos’, the pure musical embodiment of torture. A wall of noise consisting of machine gun shredding, a war march of double kicking complete with a thunder clap of crash cymbals and blood curdling wails. Whatever false sense of security the first minute of this juggernaut of a song lulled you into is immediately blown and scattered away as Meshuggah demands all of your attention. And then it stops, and just as the sigh of relief passes through you it kicks straight back into gear with Meshuggah sinking comfortably into a precision perfect verse riff. And that’s only the beginning.

Meshuggah are a band that like to take an idea and expand upon it, tenfold, and in every direction possible. And this is what makes up this 1 track E.P, 1 idea that has been sent flying through the imaginations of 5 highly gifted musicians before being committed to record. What they have presented here is a 21 minute explosion of polyrhythm structure, complex time signatures and rapid key and tempo changes. From the beginnings of the song until the 5:40 mark where Tomas proves once and for all that he runs on batteries, to the broken music box melodies of the 8 minute mark, the halfway points groove oriented riff fest to the unrelenting final battle of the war that is this album, not a second is wasted or spared. This is the epitome of a musical journey, an unrelenting fury that will bring you back time and time again only to destroy you once more. And you wouldn’t want it any other way.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


32190 Comments


Hey look, another review by me
Have fun with it

Relinquished
December 17th 2009


35677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

EP rules

Mordecai.
December 17th 2009


8337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this rules. taylor makes me sad sometimes.

Piglet
December 17th 2009


7037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review! i have your exact thoughts

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


32190 Comments


Apparently they've never played this live, i'd kill to see them pull it off

Piglet
December 17th 2009


7037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well they kind of can't. for an instance you can tell that the first two minutes of the EP is a machine and not the drummer

or at least i think it is...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


32190 Comments


It's him, well i'm pretty sure it is. Searched around and can't find any mention of Tomas breaking out the Drumkit From Hell until the next album, Catch Thirty Three

Piglet
December 17th 2009


7037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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that's his drumkit, it probably is him but I'm still unsure

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


32190 Comments


I think it's him

Piglet
December 17th 2009


7037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

still unsure... when you think about it two minutes of double kicking and whatever hybrid coated tom-toms he was using would pwn joey jordison's drum solo



also im seeing 'em live

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


32190 Comments


Joey's not even in the same league dude, guy can play fast that's it

Piglet
December 17th 2009


7037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but he can play the drums upside down. as long as the drums are upside down as well.

I think the only drummer that stands next to Tomas Haake is the one from tool and even he is a copy-cat of the guy

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


32190 Comments


I wouldn't say he's a copy cat, but they're definitley similair, being able to play 2 different time signatures at the same time

Piglet
December 17th 2009


7037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well yeah not a copy-cat by any means but danny is completely inspired by tomas he even admits it. why is there so much hate generated around meshuggah anyways? i'd say tomas is the (one of) best drummer in the world and the vocals are perhaps one of the most powerful within the metal genre.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


32190 Comments


I didn't realise there was that much hate? I mean I know a few people who don't like them... but all admit that they're still technically proficient

And yeah, he's easily one of the best, the drums in Bleed are stupid good

Oh yeah, pos me bitch lol

Piglet
December 17th 2009


7037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

who?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


32190 Comments


Former Dillinger
He's with Coheed now



Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2009


32190 Comments


Funnily enough he cites Tomas as an influence

Piglet
December 17th 2009


7037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this rules. taylor makes me sad sometimes.



taylormemer?



Funnily enough he cites Tomas as an influence



Chris Pennie?

BassDemon333
December 17th 2009


3434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review is great, nice work. I still havent heard this, i've slowly been getting into this band.



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