Meshuggah's "Abysmal Eye" single

2022-01-28 by InFiction | 127 Comments
Swedish metal vets Meshuggah have released their absolute steamroller of a track with their new cut, "The Abysmal Eye" from their forthcoming album Immutable, slated for an April 1st release.




Tracklist:

1. Broken Cog
2. The Abysmal Eye
3. Light The Shortening Fuse
4. Phantoms
5. Ligature Marks
6. God He Sees In Mirrors
7. They Move Below
8. Kaleidoscope
9. Black Cathedral
10. I Am That Thirst
11. The Faultless
12. Armies Of The Preposterous
13. Past Tense

Tagged: Meshuggah

Comments:Add a Comment 
Senetrix666
January 29th 2022
1312 Comments


Abysmal track

JayEnder
January 29th 2022
14121 Comments


Have you ever said anything positive

Digging: Static Dress - Rouge Carpet Disaster

Senetrix666
January 29th 2022
1312 Comments


woosh

botb
January 29th 2022
15277 Comments


By the numbers meshuggah for sure, solid, will probably never revisit it

bigguytoo9
January 29th 2022
1244 Comments


The Engineer did Tomas DIRTY on the mix though, holy fuck.

Digging: Mizmor and Thou - Myopia

BigPleb
January 29th 2022
64771 Comments


Slays, feel like the anti hype brigade will come down hard on this one but w.e

Pon
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2022
5629 Comments


By the numbers meshuggah for sure, solid, will probably never revisit it [2]

Wish they could just release a box set of video playthroughs by Haake so I'd actually have a reason to buy something from them

BigPleb
January 29th 2022
64771 Comments


Haake has an infinite amount of limbs, true story.

sometimes
January 29th 2022
288 Comments


april fools

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2022
58625 Comments


april fools the guitarists use every fret except 0!

Spliffhanger67
January 29th 2022
77 Comments


The Engineer did Tomas DIRTY on the mix though, holy fuck. [2]

Every album more polished than the last and usually that's deemed to be an improvement. Yet I'll always prefer the first mix of Nothing much more over the remix.

GhostShelter
January 29th 2022
189 Comments


Good.

Assemblage
January 29th 2022
1425 Comments


I really liked it.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2022
17113 Comments


-a box set of video playthroughs by Haake-

go put some kind of copyright or some shi on this before the label heads see this : ]

evilford
January 29th 2022
55401 Comments


Good song, hype

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 29th 2022
10375 Comments


Slaps yea

Digging: Septicflesh - Modern Primitive

YesMaMan11
January 29th 2022
48 Comments


That's some good Meshuggah. Looking forward to the album.

Flugmorph
January 29th 2022
26835 Comments


absolutely destroys face

Digging: Enslaved - Isa

Dizchu
January 29th 2022
394 Comments


Track is awesome, I kinda miss the production style of the last album but I can't complain.

I'm interested to hear how the more dynamic tracks will sound, like that 9 minute instrumental stoner doom one.

Cimnele
January 29th 2022
2147 Comments


I love how the chords are arranged over the riffing but the riffing isn't that interesting

edit: dunno, maybe I'm being uncharitable, the song's nice 'n tense, fairly compelling and not totally saturated with monomania like some shuggah can be, it's a B or whatever

sizeofanocean
January 29th 2022
2442 Comments


Album cover seems to be very divisive. I like it, it kinda has that DEI meets Lateralus in hell vibe

ShartHarder
January 29th 2022
131 Comments


paint by numbers meshugs, will give it a few more listens but first go round was a bit underwhelming

Ascended
January 29th 2022
12 Comments


Song is the definition of average.

DType
January 29th 2022
649 Comments


Good song, hype [33]


Digging: Nero di Marte - Split MMXIV

Aluktodolo
January 29th 2022
311 Comments


The album cover is absolutely horrible.

peartnoy
January 29th 2022
1729 Comments


I can always appreciate the talent it takes to remember all of these constantly changing meters, but man do I find Meshuggah boring as shit most of the time. I respect these guys a lot but I don't "get" why people love to listen to them so much.

This was okay. Production is meh but some grooves hit nice, especially at the end.

Tundra
January 29th 2022
7313 Comments


do yourself a favor and listen to Uneven Structure - 8 EP instead

evilford
January 29th 2022
55401 Comments


I'll take shug over uneven structure 8 days out of the week personally

Trifolium
January 29th 2022
31992 Comments


I take Shugg always hmmmmmmmmmmm 💚

Bigwill2k
January 29th 2022
15 Comments


Deleted

Bigwill2k
January 29th 2022
15 Comments


I did a whole review:

This track gives you a similar
merciless pummeling that was inflicted on 'The Demons name is surveillance'. We have eerie guitar peddle ambience contrasted against stacato machine gun bursts. There is the usual chaotic, post modern guitar solo to cut through the mud bath of guitar. It's all wrapped up in some slip sliding time signitures, of course, but at this point it all seems moot. Jens Kidman still sounds like he's rubbing two pieces of sandpaper together.

The track is let down by some dissapointing drum production; what happened to the more organic sounding acoustics on the last album? Haake's grooves are made to sound more rigid and the fills are less well placed and effective than a signiture track like 'Bleed'. The band's melody, vocals and rhythmic phrasing is deja vu, no matter how many turns they take, we seem to always arrive at the same destination.

They know their niche by this point and the days when they released cutting edge material are well and truly in the rear view mirror. When they release their defiantly named album 'Immutable', it will take a die hard fan to trudge through the mire yet again.




DarkSideOfLucca
January 29th 2022
16017 Comments


I'm now back on this site because there is new Meshuggah.

Yeah, this isn't Clockworks or anything, but it's still skull crushingly great stuff. 100000/10, 1 song in and 1 month into the year and it's already gonna be AOTY for me.

evilford
January 29th 2022
55401 Comments


Oh shit lucca is back nice

bigweinerdon
January 29th 2022
2172 Comments


what a fuckin song boys
let me hear ya

Digging: A Dozen Black Roses - Treading Ever So Deeply

DarkSideOfLucca
January 29th 2022
16017 Comments


If anyone was going to stop my Sputnik hiatus, it was gonna be these guys m/

DType
January 29th 2022
649 Comments


The Shuggs bring us together, get hype m/

evilford
January 29th 2022
55401 Comments


HOLLER

IF YOU CAN HEAR ME

Eons
January 29th 2022
3508 Comments


dig the more pronounced synths/atmosphere in this song, this band could always use some more atmosphere imo

Better than Clockworks imo, but this is more my taste.

Yeah, it sounds like typical Meshuggah, but I feel there is more atmosphere/synths in this song than usual. Maybe I should go listen to the last two albums though since people say this is just their usual stuff. I don't remember the last album being this atmospheric, though.

Zozoan
January 29th 2022
5 Comments


HOLYY! Lyrics even more Meshuggah esque. The intro is a bit Gojira esque but that's okay esque..

FadedSun
January 29th 2022
2983 Comments


"The album cover is absolutely horrible."

When have they ever had good album covers?

SputnikSweetheart
January 29th 2022
352 Comments


^ lol EXACTLY.
Maybe Obzen but they're all collectively bad.

Song slays don't know why people always feel the need to put down a band for not changing styles.

evilford
January 29th 2022
55401 Comments


Agreed

DType
January 29th 2022
649 Comments


"Maybe Obzen but they're all collectively bad."

How are Catch33 and TVSOR bad tho?


climactic
January 29th 2022
22563 Comments


hate that drum sound : (

TheAntichrist
January 29th 2022
3514 Comments


how could sputniksweetheart say something so stupid

FearThyEvil
January 29th 2022
17619 Comments


It's decent but the production certainly fucking sucks and does not help. I'm kind of worried this is going to be an album where the production really hinders what could've been a much more solid effort. Those drums do not sound good at all and they're one of the biggest cogs in the machine for this band.

DarkSideOfLucca
January 29th 2022
16017 Comments


"Better than Clockworks imo, but this is more my taste."

Ehhhhh hard disagree. This song is a great workout track for sure, but Clockworks is infinitely more interesting and just expands into madness like 3/4 through that track. I do like this more than Born In Dissonance, though.



"When have they ever had good album covers?"

I mean, I fucking LOVE the Violent Sleep artwork. That's one of my tattoos lol

And yeah, obZen artwork is dope - One of the stinkers is Nothing. And Koloss is a bit too cluttered imo, can barely tell what's going on there.

This new artwork is pretty tryhard imo with the fire and the knife lol, it's like a middle school idea but I don't give a shit because their music is just so goddamn good.

Makemebad35
January 29th 2022
1031 Comments


added to the gym playlist

Dizchu
January 29th 2022
394 Comments


Album art is awful but I also love it. It's a skinless dude emerging from a fireball with a knife.

As complex as their music is, it's still caveman sh*t.

KevinKC
January 29th 2022
1030 Comments


I can only enjoy Meshuggah when there are solos and synths or atmospheric stuff. I find their pure "in your face" songs very dull.
So, that one's alright appart from the very repetitive chugging first part.

DType
January 29th 2022
649 Comments


"And yeah, obZen artwork is dope - One of the stinkers is Nothing."

*Triggered*

JayEnder
January 29th 2022
14121 Comments


The yellow Nothing cover is their best don't @ me

DType
January 29th 2022
649 Comments


Pmuch

Asdfp277
January 30th 2022
23740 Comments


stonked for this!

FranzSchubert
January 30th 2022
859 Comments


song gets better the longer it goes on

Zackkkk
January 30th 2022
162 Comments


Is it just me, or has everything since Obzen sounded EXACTLY the same?

Relinquished
January 30th 2022
47656 Comments


it’s you

Bigwill2k
January 30th 2022
15 Comments


It's not just him, he's spot on and a lot of people have been saying it. There is no giant leaps in terms of going from destroy erase improve, to chaosphere, to nothing, to I, to Catch 33 and then to Obzen. They have settled on a formula, with minor tinkering from album to album.

Trifolium
January 30th 2022
31992 Comments


Track rules, it got me hyped for the album.

evilford
January 30th 2022
55401 Comments


Track rules band rules

DType
January 30th 2022
649 Comments


It's you [2]

DType
January 30th 2022
649 Comments


That double bass goes hard right away

MonumentsOfParalysis
January 30th 2022
406 Comments


At this point it's clear that the band could not care less about what others think about their album art. And as a fan I could not care less either since their music more than makes up for it. This single has me hyped.

Nomos2
January 30th 2022
1023 Comments


i love it so much

xenochrist15
January 30th 2022
45 Comments


If ever there was such thing as a "standard" Meshuggah song that could fit on any of their previous albums, this is it. Not boring, just typical, nothing that makes me go, "Whoa, they're really pushing their sound into new territory here." Every album has these types of songs and they are, quite frankly, the reason why listening to an entire Meshuggah album has always been near impossible to do. The average, "standard" songs are like road blocks to the interesting ones.

Relinquished
January 30th 2022
47656 Comments


some fans can at least tell it’s a bit death metally this time around

DType
January 30th 2022
649 Comments


Yeah that was my first impression, getting the Gojira golden era vibes

DDDeftoneDDD
January 30th 2022
20164 Comments


Always skip singles. Glad with the hype.

Digging: Famyne - II: The Ground Below

MO
January 30th 2022
23606 Comments


So good

BigPleb
January 30th 2022
64771 Comments


Song gets better with every spin in typical Meshuggah fashion.

There's a 9 minute song on this new album too, I'm not ready lol.

MonumentsOfParalysis
January 30th 2022
406 Comments


9 minute *instrumental* song m/ m/ m/

BigPleb
January 30th 2022
64771 Comments


So hyped for this.

MonumentsOfParalysis
January 30th 2022
406 Comments


Smae. Hype is real.

maximomckinnon
January 30th 2022
88 Comments


good song, awful drum mix

JayEnder
January 30th 2022
14121 Comments


No idea how they're gonna pull off a 9 minute instrumental, that's literally the only worry I have with this album.

Trifolium
January 30th 2022
31992 Comments


Don't think this would fit at all on Contradictions, DEI, Chaosphere, Nothing or Catch though xeno.

RE "If ever there was such thing as a "standard" Meshuggah song that could fit on any of their previous albums, this is it."

Tundra
January 30th 2022
7313 Comments


Why is Per Nilsson even in this band, just like Jeff Loomis in Arch Enemy hes pretty much just a touring member, get that bag I guess

gordodustin
January 31st 2022
434 Comments


This band should have better producers considering their status in the metal world. Also, ffs can someone teach them how to record a fucking solo???

Pikazilla
January 31st 2022
22992 Comments


They've already done well enough by keeping people like Misha Mansoor the fuck away

Pikazilla
January 31st 2022
22992 Comments


Also, their recent stuff sounds huge, not sure what you're on about

Senetrix666
January 31st 2022
1312 Comments


bands production peaked in the 90s agreed

Relinquished
January 31st 2022
47656 Comments


look at tundra trying to find something to peg against the band lol

JayEnder
January 31st 2022
14121 Comments


They're no Periphery that's for sure

zaruyache
January 31st 2022
25177 Comments


still don't get why they had the perfect sound on ObZen but made the following albums sound so flat, especially the drums.

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 31st 2022
10375 Comments


TVSOP sounds way better than obzen

IsolatedSymmetry
January 31st 2022
48 Comments


Obzen is one of their worst produced records imo. Much prefer the Nothing Reissue, Catch 33, TVOSR mixes. The production on this new one is pretty awful, especially the drums.

Trifolium
January 31st 2022
31992 Comments


... it's not even released yet! How can you be sure it's going to suck on the record itself based on one YouTube-released song?

Tundra
January 31st 2022
7313 Comments


Because if you've heard one Meshuggah song you heard em all. They actually have 80 songs that sound exactly like this one, did you know?

DType
January 31st 2022
649 Comments


"Because if you've heard one Meshuggah song you heard em all."

What are you even doing here lol

Sinternet
January 31st 2022
25068 Comments


"Because if you've heard one Meshuggah song you heard em all. They actually have 80 songs that sound exactly like this one, did you know?"

this would be a lot more apt criticism coming from anyone other than the sites number one cookie-cutter djent defender

Digging: Gospel - The Loser

DarkSideOfLucca
January 31st 2022
16017 Comments


"Because if you've heard one Meshuggah song you heard em all."

I can already tell that I'm not going to like you

Trifolium
January 31st 2022
31992 Comments


There certainly are statements with which I agree more.

DType
January 31st 2022
649 Comments


Listening to this bad boy again today, it gets better each day, that solo is so m/

bigweinerdon
January 31st 2022
2172 Comments


The production on here sounds good lol

People just love complaining about shit

Ebola
January 31st 2022
4367 Comments


good song

XSebbyMcMuffinX
February 1st 2022
451 Comments


Why does the production sound so soft on such a hard song?
I'm listening to this on studio headphones and there's no way YouTube is screwing up the mix that bad.

PortalofPerfection
February 1st 2022
2656 Comments


This Meshuggah song definitely Meshuggahs. Has quite a bit of Meshuggah going on, but also some Meshuggah as well. Only thing it's missing is more Meshuggah.

Seriously, what were people expecting?

P. S. It rules. Production does seem a bit off but that really is probably YouTube compression bs.

Digging: Rammstein - Zeit

MO
February 1st 2022
23606 Comments


lol people who complain about production. it's like who cares about the actual notes being played or how the song makes you feel, only how it sounds through my $tudio headphone$!!

bigweinerdon
February 1st 2022
2172 Comments


Oh makes sense you guys are jamming it through ballbag youtube

BigPleb
February 1st 2022
64771 Comments


If people are jamming this through YT then yeah, it's inevitably going to sound bad haha.

Eakflanderyof
February 1st 2022
4021 Comments


The drum production definitely isn't quite right, but the main issue with this song is that's its just not that interesting. Hope there are better tracks on the album

DarkSideOfLucca
February 1st 2022
16017 Comments


I'm sure this is more straightforward than what we're going to get. Most singles are.

climactic
February 1st 2022
22563 Comments


lol people who complain about production

i'm just not a fan of the super compressed drum sound, its especially noticeable in the clickiness of the kick drum. thats why koloss has some of my fav meshug production

this song grew on me though, pumped for the new record

DarkSideOfLucca
February 1st 2022
16017 Comments


I tend to mostly notice production when I can't hear an entire fucking instrument, like And Justice For All. Otherwise, I don't have a great ear for it unless it's like shockingly amazing.

Eakflanderyof
February 1st 2022
4021 Comments


I play drums and have been in the studio a lot. It's super noticeable for me but I can understand why it wouldn't bother a lot of people

"i'm just not a fan of the super compressed drum sound, its especially noticeable in the clickiness of the kick drum. thats why koloss has some of my fav meshug production"

Koloss sounds great, agreed


CrunchBangBash
February 1st 2022
2 Comments


Here is what Tomas Haake said about the production on Immutable:
“Sound-wise, we were going for a warmer sound this time around, less harsh mids and highs in the guitars and less abrasive cymbals,” he said. “Getting older, you feel like, ‘I wanna be able to enjoy this,’ and not just be mauled and run over.”

I really like the mixing on Koloss. And on Obzen (although they are really different). But I have to agree with Tomas that they can be extremly harsh and this single does sound really "pleasant". I could listen to it for hours without my ears getting fatigued. You can hear the bass really well, the snare sounds phenomenal, the bass drum is not overly loud like on Koloss. I quite like it.
Maybe I'm getting older too.

DarkSideOfLucca
February 1st 2022
16017 Comments


I'm getting older too, and I want their next release to be an all acoustic record.

Eakflanderyof
February 1st 2022
4021 Comments


Lol. Yeah, meshuggah unplugged... let's do it

Assemblage
February 1st 2022
1425 Comments


Damn man, this band has four albums in a row with straight 4.0 averages lol.

That's pretty m/. The only one I couldn't get with was Violent Sleep of Reason.

CrunchBangBash
February 1st 2022
2 Comments


For the older people: Futile Bread Machine off of Chaosphere Reloaded

DarkSideOfLucca
February 1st 2022
16017 Comments


@Eakflanderyof - Hell yeah dude, let them show off their emotional range m/

@Assemblage - Yeah their discography is unreasonably consistent. They never really fuck up.

Trifolium
February 1st 2022
31992 Comments


I'd totally be down for Meshuggah acoustic. Totally!

Lopan
February 1st 2022
61 Comments


Sounds like Meshuggah, I don't know why all of you are are tripping about it. Also everything that this band does is for a reason. Catch 33 had programmed drums, Koloss was done using guitar plugins etc...and there you go, Thomas gave you the answer to the drums sound



Eakflanderyof
February 2nd 2022
4021 Comments


Sure, he did. They just don't sound great

bloc
February 2nd 2022
68475 Comments


Song is business as usual. I'll definitely be spinning it in the gym.

leonardotardino
February 2nd 2022
102 Comments


fuck I love this

Aluktodolo
February 2nd 2022
311 Comments


Reading Tomas Haake’s comments above explains why the only productions of theirs that I enjoy are the last album and original Nothing. It’s mind boggling to me that he can call mid range ‘harsh’ (the guitar is a mid range instrument!) yet thinks the overly compressed ‘Pssshhhh’ of the cymbals in this new track sound ‘warm’. This is the guy who has incredible ability as a drummer and then sound replaces all his work, so it sounds almost like a midi (again, the last album fixed that).

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
February 2nd 2022
21952 Comments


its mostly just a triggered drumkit from hell iirc, but yeah i kind of agree. i like the mechanical sound of obzen, but the original nothing recordings are the best production theyve ever had.

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

CottonSalad
February 2nd 2022
2462 Comments


I love when art makes us feel things we need to express

Digging: Pascal Battus, Anne F Jacques, Tim Olive - Trois Conseillers

JayEnder
February 2nd 2022
14121 Comments


Find someone who loves you as much as Hyp loves the og Nothing

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
February 2nd 2022
21952 Comments


its great!

DType
February 3rd 2022
649 Comments


"Find someone who loves you as much as Hyp loves the og Nothing"

Tomas' organic snare and china deserve all the love

twlight
February 4th 2022
6236 Comments


That ending breakdown at 4:09 is fuckin nasty! Great groove, stoked for the album

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium - Undreamable Abysses

g40st
February 4th 2022
716 Comments


Sounds great.

People who act like it's gonna automatically sound shit if you're listening on YouTube have poverty level speakers/headphones.

combustion07
February 4th 2022
10171 Comments


Loving this track m///

twlight
February 4th 2022
6236 Comments


haha G40st, yeah it's really hard to talk about "production" these days when people's listen environment varies so widely

Cimnele
February 4th 2022
2147 Comments


"poverty level" okay, gimme money lol



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





MOST VIEWED NEWS

Jesse Lacey Allegations
Jayyvon Opens Up About Abuse
R.I.P. Chester Bennington
The Fall of Troy bassist melts do..
The Story So Far's vocalist dropk..
Deftones stream new single
R.I.P. David Bowie
Brand new Brand New Single
R.I.P. Lemmy
Killswitch Engage debut new single



OTHER RECENT NEWS

R.I.P. Alan White
Depeche Mode's Fletch dies
Karl Sanders posts new track
RIP Guillaume Bideau
Chat Pile release new track
Third new Alexisonfire track
David Bowie's Moonage Daydream
Arch Enemy's Sunset Over The Empi..
Porcupine Tree's Herd Culling
Genocidal Terror stream debut LP
Evanescence loses guitarist
Hundredth Size Fanta
RIP Vangelis
New Avantasia Single
Diana Ross & Tame Impala get funky

» see all news

RELATED REVIEWS
Meshuggah
Immutable
Meshuggah
The Violent Sleep of Reason
Meshuggah
The Ophidian Trek
Meshuggah
Best of Meshuggah
Meshuggah
Pitch Black
FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy