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Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects


Experimental/Post Metal

4.15 | 130 ratings

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5 stars What is this relentless, chaotic and beyond-comprehension avant-metal?: 9/10

MESHUGGAH's dj000nt master FREDRIK THORDENDAL lets loose his inner demon (not like he already doesn't do it on Messhugah) and showcases his extreme guitar wizardry with some of the craziest experiments and techniques and pitches and melodies there is to do with a guitar.

While on MESHUGGAH his guitar is vicious and his riffs are neutron-star dense, on SPECIAL DEFECTS Fredrik's style is experimental as if he's testing how far he can go with his instrument's electronic sonic capabilities. Would it be far- fetched to call him the modern JIMI HENDRIX and SOL NIGER WITHIN metal's response to Woodstock's Star Spangled Banner? Possibly, but then again not even Hendrix would be bold enough to create such a manic, rhythmical and complex (and sciency) release, so they're pretty even when it comes to ingenuity.

While I must admit in some moments it feels rather dragging and isn't on my accomplished cats list, SOL NIGER WITHIN is, in most parts, what I expect from avant-metal: the unexpected, creativity, complexity; well done and without corny weirdness-for-the-sake-of-weirdness. And some damn sweet guitar solos, too.

Luqueasaur | 5/5 |


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