It is impossible to talk about experimental or avant-garde metal without mentioning this truly groundbreaking act: The songs all run together, as if the band is playing off of the same riff set with a varying number of notes added in or taken away, and actual contrasting emotions or depth fail to emerge. I can’t properly describe how heavy this song is, so I won’t bother trying. The title o bZen was a blend of the words obscene and Zen. After working my way back through Destroy Erase Improve and then buying Catch 33, which came later, I was obsessed. It is no less kick-ass though, and is definitely one of the highlights of the album. This album is the epitome of that new style.

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For example, Bleed is a thrash-headbang scream-along as opposed to Pineal Gland Optics which has a loose descending progression to it. Solo quality has also deteriorated.

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You have to hear it to believe. Obzzen as already mentioned is a great album opener and one that gave me hope for the album, while the title song starts like Fear Factory before coming good with some heavy staccato riffing. If there’s a museum for things that are praised far beyond the level of admiration they deserve, Meshuggah is destined to some day be immortalized there between exhibits about the Black Keys the first band to ever imbue rock with bluesy characteristics, if you ask their more rabid fans and Beyonce who practically everyone in the world seems to view as the second coming of Christ and some kind of feminist superhero obzeh into one.


Magazines such as TerrorizerDecibelRevolver and Metal Hammer named the album in their year’s end list. Dancers to a Discordant Obzne is the lengthy album closer and it actually works pretty well. The rhythm obzn is ovzen but at times the drums feel a bit lethargic and bored, the bass isn’t very audible but it’s certainly there under the banal ‘riff’ in each song. This form needs Javascript to display, which your browser doesn’t support.

No matter what is wrong with modern metal, you can find it all on this one album. Audio CD, May 15, “Please retry”. I also appreciate that they did not get caught up in their Catch masterpiece sound.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library. Maybe Meshuggah is a true colossus of post-industrial terror, or maybe it is the dynamite truck of some friendly folks striving to achieve the unbelievable through their odd signatures and some of the worst riffs in the history of music, adding some tuff guy screams on the top.

Not only is this a wrong assertion, but Meshuggah’s insistence on loading their own music down with tough guy posturing, provided by the angry caveman providing vocals on Obzentakes something that was overrated to begin with and makes it genuinely unbearable. While obZen certainly does not lack these characteristics, there is a something a little different here from the Meshuggah norm. The CD does a fairly good job of mixing up in-your-face riffs, to somewhat more groovy subtle riffs, and at times slows down a fair bit entirely.

And, of course, he removes almost any trace of a drum fill on this album. It’s an ‘exciting blend of old and new’ as a bad info sheet would say.

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Very awkward, bizarre riffing that has never been replicated before or after, some crazy drum beat and an intense delivery on the vocal end as well. Meshuggah seem to have collated their styles from all their previous albums and out of the metal madness has come a rich, diverse and interesting album, one that will be instantly familiar to the Meshuggah fan, yet somehow bringing something new.


The ONLY thing that they bothered to amplify in the guitars at all was the mids. Overall, ‘ObZen’ is what I expected and I’m really satisfied by what the band has managed to turn out.

Evil lives in religion and greed. I think “Bleed” is a perfect example of this.

The drums are my next complaint. Both me and Tomas thought there was an embryo in that song we wanted to finish, since we obzeh get it on Nothing. Even with a few strategically placed quiet sections to contrast with the otherwise constant heavy onslaught to function as place markers, these songs ohzen but kbzen a true beginning or end to speak of.

The semblance of passion and general energy of previous records is replaced by robotic, by-the-numbers extreme metal that’s almost completely devoid of any surprises or stand-out moments or stand-out tracks, for that matter. I was fortunate enough to hear an advance copy of ObZen, and I must say it is a stunning obsen Meshuggah is essentially nu-metal for people who don’t like to admit they like listening to nu-metal, the standard defence you hear every time they’re put down is the droll chanting of “They play in weird time signatures and utilise polyrhythms!

While repetition can be done extremely well in music see: Grit, Guts and Glory. This is an album that takes the more hypnotic and repetitive sounds of old and injects a healthy amount of chaos into it.

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