Meshuggah


2.0
poor

Review

by 666Micrograms USER (9 Reviews)
February 25th, 2013 | 52 replies


Release Date: | Tracklist

Review Summary: Completely void of purpose.

As I prepare my rectum for the Meshuggah concert coming up in the couple of days, I've done a fair bit of introspection; trying to figure out how relevant this band still is in my life, considering they were one the few bands that basically got me hooked on metal in general, back when I was a wee lad. Well this introspection could come have come a better time, because in the midst of this meditative seclusion Pitch Black was released, and unfortunately a lot more heads will be scratched than banged with this 2013 dud.

It appears as though Pitch Black is Meshuggah's one-click excuse to release another trippy album cover, so it would seem. Consisting of one half-assed rerecording of a song from years ago and pretty solid live rendition of Dancers To A Discordant System, this mini EP clearly didn't take a whole of careful craftsmanship. The issue lies most apparently, not in the quality of the work presented, but its scarcity, reeling in at under 16 minutes. If the tracks given to us were issued as bonus content on a foreign album release not many would complain, as such things can be written off with ease, but the fact a whole separate release was garnered, albeit a free one, is something that will surely irk die-hard Meshuggah fans.

The title track is easily the most underwhelming part of this release considering it is void of any passion (regardless of how mechanical Meshuggah's passion sounds) thanks to the absence of everyone but Fredrick Thordendal, and his robotic vocoder work. Musically its a cut below what the band is capable of and the production, while passable, lacks the gritty crunch that so efficiently caused hemorrhaging on their previous efforts. The lack of Jens makes the track reminiscent of Catch Thirtythree's errie Mind's Mirrors or something off Thordendal's Special Defects. As such, if were placed somewhere midroad on an album it could at least carry its own weight. However as a standalone effort its lack of climactic release snuffs out its momentum well before song end.

There isn't much to be said about the live track here; it's good, and just like every other live release this band has made, it almost sounds better than their studio work - especially Jens' vocals which seem more robust.

If Pitch Black wasn't free, you could bet on finding some angry metalheads at your local HMV, but the fact it was released for free by a goddamn car company makes it worth spinning if you're a fan of the band. However if you're nothing more than a casual fan, you are MUCH better off diving into one of the band's stellar full lengths for your 'shuggah fix. I for one find myself questioning what the motivating factor is for a respectable band to release such a haphazard EP.



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666Micrograms
February 25th 2013


923 Comments


Quick write up here, haven't even had my morning coffee yet so constructive criticisms welcome.

MichaelSnoxall
February 25th 2013


12163 Comments


The album cover rules though.

MichaelSnoxall
February 25th 2013


12163 Comments


if your a fan of the band

you're*


other than that, good review, even if it is a little informal and kinda ranty.

70sPriestIsBetter
February 25th 2013


1934 Comments


haven't heard and will never listen but contradictions collapse >

MO
February 25th 2013


18774 Comments


song is solid

KjSwantko
February 25th 2013


9308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First, I think you're taking this too seriously for a free EP released via Scion.

Secondly, your grammar sucks and you didn't even take the time to describe what the one original song on here sounds like. I have to neg.

Specifically, There isn't much to be said about the live track here, its good and just like every other live release this band has made, it almost sounds better than their studio work, especially Jens who's vocals seem more robust on stage than in the studio.

Holy run-on. Maybe try "There isn't much to be said about the live track here; it's good, and just like every other live release this band has made, it almost sounds better than their studio work - especially Jens' vocals which seem more robust."

CaptainHadouken
February 25th 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rated 3. yes vocals are not exactly what people expect when thinking of meshuggah, but the title track is pretty groovy. Live tracks are decent. Have to say i don't agree with how the title track is underwhelming. A 3 minute Meshuggah track is with no Groove is underwhelming. This is actually decent is you look past the vocals, and even those are not that bad.

70sPriestIsBetter
February 25th 2013


1934 Comments


haven't heard and never will but contradictions collapse > [2]

666Micrograms
February 25th 2013


923 Comments


thanks for your honesty kjswantko, ill give that an edit.

DotEight
February 25th 2013


5548 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm taking Micro's side on this. This EP is pointless, and I didn't particularly care that much for Koloss. So that makes 0/2 over the past 12 months for me.

CaptainHadouken
February 25th 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ehh, guess this track is really listener based for like/hate.

DotEight
February 25th 2013


5548 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm not a hardcore Meshuggah fan like some users on here, I never really have been. I appreciate what they've done for music, and many bands I like are influenced by them.

But god damnit his vocals get so monotonous and their riffs are way overrated.

CaptainHadouken
February 25th 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, i wouldn't say i'm a Meshuggah worshipper, but tracks like Bleed, and older albums keep in rotation every other week or so. His vocals can get annoying if they are overplayed constantly. I know there are people that will Hate rate or Boost rate this but yeah, there way too much other stuff out there for Meshuggah to be as hyped as people make them to be.

666Micrograms
February 25th 2013


923 Comments


Its that mechanical monotony that really sells this band. They're like alien robots, and if they actually were alien robots, this the one spacecraft that blew up and crashed in the desert.

DotEight
February 25th 2013


5548 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They should have just released this single with their next album, or just before-hand to get fans pumped. This is just random and stupid.

MO
February 25th 2013


18774 Comments


the vocals are meant to be like that, mainly because they are just an extension of the rhythm section, they aren't meant to be melodic or pleasant sounding

666Micrograms
February 25th 2013


923 Comments


agreed

KjSwantko
February 25th 2013


9308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As one of the biggest Mesh fans on Sputnik, I can honestly say I barely pay attention to Jens most of the time; I find myself consumed by the twisted instrumentals.

MO
February 25th 2013


18774 Comments


this band is meant to be something like a tribal experience, that's why there's such a stark divide between people who love and hate them, there isn't much room for middle ground since the elements of their entire sound tailor towards only one or two main things

CaptainHadouken
February 25th 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If it is one thing Mesh had a good formula for it is create some pretty decent grooves. Granted not every song, but they are pretty consistent with it.



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