Meshuggah
obZen


3.0
good

Review

by Slimjim367 USER (19 Reviews)
August 26th, 2010 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although not breaking new ground, Meshuggah's latest proves a fun ride.

The year is 2008, and Sweden's infamous Meshuggah have released their sixth album, entitled Obzen. Obzen opens with 'Combustion', a fun, fast paced headbanger of an opener, and quickly moves through it's 50 minutes ending with 'Dancer's to a Discordant System', a technical giant lasting over nine minutes. However, the single on the album: 'Bleed', sounds more like a picking exercise the guitarists recorded by accident, it simply has almost melody, with the majority of the song being one or two notes and chugging galore.

The production on Obzen is superb, the two low-tuned guitars complimenting each other quite nicely sound-wise. The drums are at the center of the mix most of the time, and just as well as they are nearly mechanically precise, which can be unfulfilling as they remain pretty standard without many rolls or much personality throughout the record. The vocals are angrier and more pronounced than ever, and lyrically the album has stepped up a foot or two, though there is little variation in the tones of the screaming. The bass track however, is (expectantly) almost inaudible.

Replayability-wise, the LP shines through. Even after a month or so of jamming to it, the strange timings and subtly intricate picking still remains fresh, and new appreciation for certain parts can be found only after repeated listens.

A few of the tracks on Obzen lean towards being repetitive and bland, which is kind of a bummer, but songs like 'Pineal Optic Glands' or 'Lethargica' rescue it from mediocrity. The real hook of the album is the backing guitar on songs like the above two, or the timing switch in the last minute of the title track. The album brings yet more technicality to their already impressive catalogue, and shows that Meshuggah can and are still interesting enough to move forward.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mordecai.
August 27th 2010


8282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gay review dude. really gay

East Hastings
August 27th 2010


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Replayability-wise

I don't think this is a word.

Mordecai.
August 27th 2010


8282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

such a gay review, would u agree?

ShadowRemains
August 27th 2010


21364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i would

East Hastings
August 27th 2010


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not horrifyingly bad; I would just expect more from someone with 19 reviews.

fromtheinside
August 27th 2010


19029 Comments


you praise its repeatability factor but also call it too repetitive. hmmmm
review is way too short for a 3. need more arguments.

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East Hastings
August 27th 2010


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it definitely reads like at least a 3.5.

Ire
August 27th 2010


41822 Comments


this band is meshuggah

East Hastings
August 27th 2010


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

O Ire. You got me addicted to Neurosis again.

Emim
August 27th 2010


26674 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bleed + Lady Gaga = bearable Lady Gaga

fromtheinside
August 27th 2010


19029 Comments


gtfo lady g is boss.

Emim
August 27th 2010


26674 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't stand her.

Ire
August 27th 2010


41822 Comments


Bleed + Lady Gaga = bearable Meshuggah

fix'd

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2010


7433 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I sort of agree with everything that is pointed out except replayability thingy. This is my least favorite Meshuggah album.

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Slimjim367
August 27th 2010


512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first review in almost a year so excuse how bad it is
and the length

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2010


6287 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you shouldn't had rushed into writing this.

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TheFantasticDangler
August 27th 2010


1171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bleed + Lady Gaga = bearable Meshuggah

fix'd






this

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Gmork89
August 27th 2010


5537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Title track is best.

Zettel
August 27th 2010


602 Comments


"first review in almost a year so excuse how bad it is
and the length"


There are no excuses.

HenchmanOfSanta
August 27th 2010


1902 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Replayability-wise, the LP shines through. Even after a month or so of jamming to it, the strange timings and subtly intricate picking still remains fresh, and new appreciation for certain parts can be found only after repeated listens.
This is pretty much the opposite sentiment that a review of 3 or less should have.



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