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The Violent Sleep Of Reason
Released: 2016, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Manos X
What can someone write for a band that constantly spits out music with deadly precision for the past 27 years?
What can you write for a band that has been credited for the creation of a whole genre?
What can you tell about musicians that constantly push the bar of production/recording/mixing utilizing the best technology has to offer without neglecting to push themselves and their skills at the same time?
Well not much….
Meshuggah is a band that defies all kinds of opinions and reviews simply because they’ve proven to their fans (and enemies) that their persistence cannot be tamed or favoured by what the world thinks of them. With a steady release date of every 3-4 years since their creation back in ‘88 they’ve created a unique and instantly identifiable style that is now has been acknowledged as djent. Unless you live under a rock you’ve probably heard their name before. Their sound can be described as a mix of ultra technical death metal, industrial and thrash but these words don’t carry enough weight in them provide an accurate description.
I have to confess that I was never into these guys music. After some listens of their album “Chaosphere” back in 1998 I was impressed by the extremity and heaviness of their sound, their uncanny accurate playing but was left down regarding songwriting. The whole result sounded a bit over the top and to put it blunt the result was tiresome at least to my ears. But that was many, many years ago. Thankfully lots of people didn’t share my point of view and as their support towards Meshuggah increased over the years so did their fan base. So just before the end of 2016 Meshuggah return with their latest offering THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON Anyone wonders what could we expect from them after 27 years of putting out albums? Is time slowly creeps up and these guys are mellowing their sound? Has the moment come where these guys will play more mainstream and will be more appealing to the masses? The answer to all these questions is FUCK NO!!!
Their music remains heavy as fuck and intense as always. As for mellowing their sound well don’t worry they haven’t but they’ve included lots of melodic solos that reminded me of instrumental bands like Animals vs Leaders! Must say that this was unexpected the introduction of jazzy influences in the leads provided added a new dimension to their music. Guitar work is stunning! Massive just massive riffs fly over the place backed from the always impressive drumming skills of Tomas Haake. The venomous vocals of Jens Kidman provide the excellent ingredient for creating a musical style that could best be described as apocalyptic. While his voice is brutal as always, his diction is on seminar level as each word is easy to be understood without relying solely on vocal compression to create an impact.
While THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON is intense and brutal and probably would be the ideal soundtrack for a future Terminator movie, the mechanized wall of sound isn’t lacking any emotion. On the contrary behind the ultra crisp and massive 8 stringed distorted guitars, frantic drum rhythms Meshuggah display an impressive array of aggressive feeling in their strict style. The result is a huge organic sound that is backed up and flattered by the equal amazing job that has been regarding the mixing and mastering.
In conclusion Meshuggah’s return is definitely an impressive one. THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON is an album with lots of twist and turns. If you’re searching for a musical piece that will help you relax and focus on other tasks you might be doing then don’t bother checking this. But if you’re searching for an album that will take you to places and beyond then look no more. Meshuggah have returned!
2. Born in Dissonance
4. By the Ton
5. Violent Sleep of Reason
6. Ivory Tower
9. Our Rage Won't Die
10. Into Decay
Jens Kidman Vocals
Fredrik Thordendal Guitar
Mårten Hagström Guitar
Dick Lövgren Bass
Tomas Haake Drums
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