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Meshuggah

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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The Monodrone
4 stars I -- Meshuggah

Meshuggah's EP, I, is yet again another step in the evolution of technical-metal rhythmic mastery.

I finds Meshuggah extending their song length to one 21-minute track. Their sound hasn't changed very much since previous albums such as Chaosphere and Nothing; perhaps their playing has become more groove-based and less thrash-based, but they're is still intensely heavy.

The rhythms in this track (EP) are very technical, and this is exactly what Meshuggah are experts at. Right when you think you have the rhythmic pattern all figured out, they find a way to refigure it, and that's the beauty of this release. The various moody breaks in between the heavy parts set a nice tone and leave you anticipating the next section. This track contains both heavy rhythms, as well as completely brutal passages. Jens Kidman's lyrics are bleak and disturbing, yet creative reflective as well. His vocals are strategically placed to flow perfectly with the chaotic music going on in the forefront.

Overall, an extremely good release. I warrants several listens and only gets better with time. An excellent release from Meshuggah.

The Monodrone | 4/5 |

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