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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
Puscifer "V" Is For Vagina
Concept album about a relationship between a boy and a girl with mainly spoken vocals by Maynard Keenan of Tool fame. Trip hop with some industrial and rock influence, and very good production. "Momma Sed" is a truly fantastic track-- one of my favourite songs of all time-- but nothing else on the record is at the same level. It's ashame the title, band name, and album art are so terrible, because they overshadow the music. Overall, a mild recommendation. 3.0
Banquet of the Spirits Caym: Book of Angels Volume 17
A nice amount of variety on this one. Of course, there is klezmer influence, but it is blended with Arabic bellydance music, South Asian folk music, jazz, and more. A cornucopia of cool instruments are used, too (oud, gimbri, kamel n'goni, pump organ). At its best, Caym is a roaring, spirited (pun intended), fascinating listen ("Tzar Tek," "Yahel," "Phaleg"). At its worst, it's boring ("Tahariel"). The good outweighs the bad, though. A great addition to the Book of Angels series. 3.8
Allan Holdsworth Atavachron
I became aware of this record through its Star Trek connection (the cover art, album title, and title of the last song are all related to the show). As a Star Trek fan, I immediately downloaded the album. It's instrumental-- save the last track-- jazz fusion that makes heavy use of the synthaxe, a guitar-shaped MIDI controller that hasn't been produced since the '80s. While the synthaxe's presence undeniably dates Atavachron-- as does the production-- the record is still a fun listen. Holdsworth is a phenomenal guitarist, and the backing band holds their own. 3.5
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Catch Thirtythree is one forty-seven minute song, and thus must be listened to in its entirety to have impact. Basically, it's the same idea as the I EP, except stretched to LP length. Catch Thirtythree is nowhere near as good as I, though. Firstly, where I was literally one track, Catch is split arbitrarily into 13 sections, many of which are under two minutes and should have been connected to the preceding or following track, or both. Secondly, the fact that the record must be heard in full diminishes its replayability significantly. Thirdly, there two major ambient sections tacked on to

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  • SnakeDelilah matt berninger
    April 30 09:31 PM
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  • 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!
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