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Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason (review)

Posted October 23, 2016 by George Archibald in CD Reviews
Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Reviewed by: George Archibald

Metal giants Meshuggah are no stranger to highly anticipated releases, after having seen tremendous success with both the Obzen, and Koloss albums. Meshuggah is known for being on the cutting edge of mathmetal/djent with their signature polyrhythms and odd time signatures. The band has its own distinct brand of rather heavy and aggressive stylings; they even have their own signature extended range guitars to produce the band’s heavy tone. They are also attributed to being the forefathers of the djent genre. The Violent Sleep of Reason is the 8th studio album for the band and the follow up to 2012’s Koloss.

The band released a video for the song “Clockworks”, shortly before the album’s release on October 7th. The song follows the blueprint of what has made Meshuggah titans in the industry. Off timed drumming, that is as powerful as ever from Tomas Haake. The guitar work is frantic and attacks the senses with syncopating drums, and then bouncing to leads that take you into uncharted territory. Mårten Hagström and Fredrik Thordendal come at the listener with a full audio assault, making this song as full, and atmospheric as they can.

“Ivory Tower” is like an avalanche with its low break beat beginning. The tone is so thick, and the riff just lumbers forward, getting thicker and deeper as the song progresses. This is a crowd churner tune if I have ever heard one. If you have to be to one of their concerts be prepared to be physically moved in the crowd. Meshuggah as a band has seemed to be able to tune into not just an audio feel, but to physically instill something in their crowds, by throwing so many different elements at its listeners.

If you are a regular to Meshuggah’s music you will not be disappointed. This album has all the elements that has made you love the band and expands on each of them. The album is a sonic wave crashing on its listener, encompassing you in an onslaught that will have you nodding along through each song. The Violent Reason of Sleep is out now and available for streaming, be sure to check it out.

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