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Meshuggah

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.16 | 102 ratings

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mits5k
4 stars I love this song, despite the fact that I have a hard time listening to it. Quite the Catch twenty two, eh (no pun intended)? That's the the with Meshuggah for me: They're an excellent group and are certainly very progressive (come on gang, they push the envelope so hard how couldn't they be called progressive?), but they are so intense that I often cannot listen to an entire album in one sitting. The first time I listened to Meshuggah (aside from when I saw them open for Tool and adamantly hated them) I was listening to my freshly purchased copy of Chaosphere and, when I tried sleeping that night, I tossed and turned for the better part of the night because of the sheer intensity of the music I'd listend to hours upon hours prior. How can I give a band whose material I have a hard time listening to a four star review? I can because they are an entity unto themselves and have a vision of music unlike any other band's, and this happens to be their best song. I is an HCL colonic that makes all other metal sound relatively tame, and its sweeping vision and tempo changes (not to mention its actual music progressions) make most of the prog I've heard of the past five years sound pretty stagnant.

Note that, when it comes to progressive music, I tend to be more of a Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Tool, and Radiohead fan, so calling music like this progressive breaks from what I'd traditionally consider prog. Just because it doesn't have spacious, off-beat pop sound with mediocre vocals that punctuated Marillion's Marbles doesn't mean it's not progressive-- it's just not your traditional Yes/Genesis prog.

mits5k | 4/5 |

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