Meshuggah – Obzen, Combustion and Voivod

Obzen–the soundtrack to floating abandoned in space (“Forgotten in Space”) , or the soundtrack to the construction of the Death Star. Like Voivod’s Nothingface on steroids. Seemingly impossibly, it’s like the best parts of Voivod, Fucking Champs, Tool, King Crimson, Godflesh, etc. Possibly the most sci-fi thing I’ve ever heard. This is heavy metal/prog metal…but the secret is that with all of the crazy polyrhythms, this is really dance music…

Meshuggah – Combustion (Couldn’t find a real video, this is a fan-play along, but is still great)

Meshuggah – Rational Gaze

Meshuggah guitarist and other drummer–medley

Their new album Obzen is very good. Some parts are as compelling to me as Voivod’s Nothingface. They’ve got lots more winding technical riffs than on some of their other stuff, as if they’ve taken in lots of Fucking Champs and Red and Larks Tongue era King Crimson and Voivod. The bass and incredible tight double bass-filled drumming especially remind me of a lot of the drumming in Voivod’s Nothingface album, as well as some of the discordant riffs, along with some Dimension Hatross, Killing Technology-like parts. Some of it is even like Voivod’s Phobos album.

Can’t wait to see Meshuggah on tour!

And yes, Voivod rule (for their seminal prog-metal/math-metal trilogy Killing Technology, Dimension Hatross, and Nothingface, as well as the 17-minute long prog opus “Jack Luminous”!!!

Obzen review, Decibel Magazine:

““This Spiteful Snake” doesn’t only nod to the stage name of Voivod’s frontman, but perhaps unsurprisingly recalls the Canadian legends as well, beginning as a perfect mid-point between Dimension Hätross and Nothingface, before slamming on the bass-brakes, to the point where you’re reminded more of Swans or Neurosis than anything within thrash metal’s legacy. “Pineal Optic Glands” continues the Voivod space-thrash mood, before “Pravus” explodes to bring this particular phase of the album to an end.”

To counterbalance all this harsh music you might want to listen to some oldies music!


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