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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.16 | 119 ratings

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5 stars "The EP that will change the world!"

If you stick this quote on this material, it wouldn't be a strategy to market a product but be the truth at its barest form. This EP, if it had arms and legs, could've changed the world.. And yet it doesn't have arms and legs, but it still does.. The arms and legs in effect are these 4 inner-chaotic men that came together years ago to "Destroy Erase Improve" the world's musical understanding, and this is the point that they reach their climax by distorting the vision all of us once had. Behold, the Technical Death Metal song of 21 minutes, consisting of a single letter! The first time I listened to this, I was like "oh my, are they kidding me" because of the grandiose 1:31 intro that seems to go on forever.. but the most important thing here is how the guitar and drum signatures blend into each other even when the guitar changes its rhythm randomly. After a small cymbal warning around 1:22, you embrace yourself to dive deep into the combustion of exaggerated blasting vocals, fused bass and guitars and insanely beating drums for about half a minute and feel like you are never going to get out of there alive. After this point, Meshuggah takes you on a journey that is more technical and heavier than ever, abruptly jumping into ambient soundscapes accompanied with random guitar pluckings that couldn't have sounded more sweet and relaxing between all those lines of chaos, and drops you trembling, not knowing what to do in the end with a grandiose finish.

Meshuggah's music has always been of such a pleasure for me to listen since they create something that the others would want to follow. What they pose is a great talent of coming up with a better design from what they already had. If you look at their musical journey, taking it all the way back from the first demo to Catch33, you'll see that the band progresses more than any band out there (with the major exception of Mr. Bungle (R.I.P) thanks to Mike Patton and his indiscoverable mind!) and by every album, the result more and more interesting as well as disturbing. It is amazing to see what these gentlemen can do with music and it is an honor that some people really possess these skills (especially, if you look at Thordendal and his perfect guitar skills (also demonstrated in Sol Niger) you'll know how the mind can play with music as if it was a dough and form castles out of it)

If you haven't listened to Meshuggah before, this can be a hard piece to bite on at first because of the technical setup of the album. It isn't like a regular 5-6 minute song, it has all these insane stops and beats that might confuse you if you are not ready to handle what you have here.

hybreda | 5/5 |


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