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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Meshuggah - The Essential Mindfuck

Listening to Meshuggah, as I just came up with this comparison, is like looking at a Cubism-movement painting- a Dali or a Picasso. For a long fucking time, it looks like fucking gibberish. Indiscernible ramblings of a plastic brained pea. It takes a special kind of mind set and situation to let those colours and lines and shapes sink in. And when they do, nothing else will do. Nothing is better. Nothing is enough.

So, if you listen to this band/playlist over and over again, you will need medical attention. Headaches and ear-bleeding is common. Along with concussion and nausea. After this has happened, three or four times, you settle down and start listening to it again, something strange happens. You discover a very tribal urge inside you. A rhythmic connection, albeit a very twisted one. Your mind wants your body to dance, but is too stymied to tell it how to. Your head bobs and bangs in very weird ways. But you dig it. You love it. Ladies and gentlemen, the essential restructuring of metal as we know it - Meshuggah.

Playing Order :

1. In Death Is Life / Is Death.
2. New Millenium Cyanide Christ.
3. The Mouth Licking What You've Bled.
4. Pravus.
5. Future Breed Machine.
6. Do Not Look Down
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion.
8. Bleed.
9. Rational Gaze.
10. Perpetual Black Second.
11. Straws Pulled at Random.
12. The Demon's Name Is Surveillance.
13. Combustion.
14. Lethargica.
15. ObZen.

And an oh-so-lovely-and-informative article about why Meshuggah are very important to the progress and expansion of not only metal, but music in general.


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