Meshuggah
The Violent Sleep of Reason


2.0
poor

Review

by rellik009 USER (5 Reviews)
November 5th, 2019 | 76 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not sure if Meshuggah is still willing to continue.

Meshuggah is an extraordinary band. Their mathematical grooves and mechanical technicality garnered them one of the most unique aesthetics in metal. On their latest album, their music is still executed with pinpoint precision, whether it be the relentless chugging guitars, Thomas Haake reinventing drumming extravagance once again, or Jens howling insightful lyrics. Furthermore, the production is the definition of perfection here, truly encapsulating crushing robotics in sonic form.

However, their downfall grows more apparent throughout the album. And no, I do not mean "they haven't changed their aesthetic". However what I do mean is:
The riffs sound limp and powerless, lacking any sort of punch(remember Rational Gaze? Bleed? Well, not anymore), more like a boring melting pot of their previous riffs, with far less imagination related to their core aesthetic. Additionally, the atmospheric guitars which added critical nuance in every other Meshuggah album, now are reduced in featuring, and when they are featured, they either sound out of place(because their production hasn't changed to fit the newer general production) or lacking and not nuanced enough. Another point of criticism I have is about Jens' vocals. Why is it beginning to be a generic death metal voice? Is it old age wearing down our poor man? Lastly, the structuring is absolutely killing me. Meshuggah's structuring seemed repetitive before as well, but it was restless and engaging. Now, it's boring beyond belief and actually repetitive, thanks to the already weak musical features of the album, and the lack of thought put into the structure, as opposed to before.

I am not saying there is no light, because that would be wrong. "Clockworks" is an excellent, imaginative song, with ambitious structuring and a new take on Meshuggah's aesthetic, while not forgetting to pack an energetic punch, and twist the brain with mathematical riffs and unsettling leads. "Nostrum" is a top-notch song, winding in with atmospheric leads in one of the most innovative ways seen with Meshuggah, and showcases everything that a Meshuggah piece should be, on par with "Clockworks"(Mountainous riffs, the leads, the tastefully sterile vocals, groany production finally showing its colors, etc).

But yeah, it's not their best album.

(Note: this review was edited on 11/18/2019 in order to meet the comments' criticisms)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
rellik009
November 5th 2019


876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is my first review. I tried to be as unbiased and "objective"(more accurately, constructive) on it as I could be. Hope you like it! Obviously, all feedback, negative or positive, is appreciated.





Sorry if I sound stiff on this comment btw lol



Edit: Edited the review.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2019


26774 Comments


I didn't read the review yet, but being objective and unbiased is the opposite of what you're supposed to do.

Digging: Turpitude - Brume hiémale

TundraL5Z
November 5th 2019


4550 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I do very much agree with your review, but the structuring of the review isn't very good, although it is your first review so that's ok. I'm not much of a fan of Meshuggah usually but this reached a whole other level of "can I finish this album without me going insane... no I can't..." sort of thing for me

Asdfp277
November 5th 2019


22658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wrong opinion smh

AxeToFall93
November 5th 2019


180 Comments


Very much in agreement with the review, their worst record easily.

Asdfp277
November 6th 2019


22658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

contradictions collapse

bigguytoo9
November 6th 2019


771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still love this album.

Digging: Boris - NO

maximomckinnon
November 6th 2019


67 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this reads more like extended review notes than an actual review



trying using these points to form more structured paragraphs and develop your points further

Asdfp277
November 6th 2019


22658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is actually just really bad in general

sixdegrees
November 6th 2019


9120 Comments


pos'd

el_newg
November 6th 2019


746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what you call uninspired, I call consistency. this band has been killing it since the beginning, never really wavering from their sound too much... and that is a good thing. i want them to keep churning out crushing albums of tech time sigs because they are the masters of it and none do it better.

oltnabrick
November 6th 2019


39547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

poz'd

Digging: Staining the Twilight Black - Transforming the Myth

naughtcturnal
November 6th 2019


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pawsd

Digging: Orchid - Chaos is Me

Asdfp277
November 6th 2019


22658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so many KILLs in one thread

Source
November 6th 2019


18310 Comments


dang this dude got rekt

Asdfp277
November 6th 2019


22658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i mean i can dig the format but there's some really unnecessary and/or dumb remarks

naughtcturnal
November 6th 2019


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

implying debut has the most passion

Source
November 6th 2019


18310 Comments


cc slays

RaylanCrowder
November 6th 2019


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is as badly argued as Anthony Fantano's reviews

Digging: Run the Jewels - RTJ4

sixdegrees
November 6th 2019


9120 Comments


Out of Genre: 2
In Genre: 4
For its Time: 4
These Days: 2.5
Instrumentally: 3
Vocally/Lyrically: 2
Influence Level: 4.5
Personally: 2.5



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