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ConcertsMushuggah at Nottingham Rock City U.K. 4/14/2012

Posted on Sunday, April 29 2012 @ 07:16:19 CDT by Pete Pardo
Heavy Metal

Latest album Koloss is quite simply colossal, its track after track of down-tuned, mathematical, rhythmic rumblings and you have to love it. Sadly I missed both support bands as I was running so late time got the better of me, however I made it for the main attraction and I'm so glad I did.

I've witnessed the bowel moving Meshuggah at festivals but nothing can prepare you for a small club environment and that bass! Hell I almost lost it, 'Obsidian', 'Mind's Mirror' and the aptly titled 'I am Colossus' sent shivers down the back of my legs and almost left me with the inability to stand. Tomas Haake is just an exceptional drummer, combined with Dick Lövgren's 5, 6, or whatever numbered string bass he chooses at a given time, must be the heaviest rhythm section in metal today, Rock City is somehow still standing. The pit erupts into life sporadically with Jens Kidman ripping his throat dry as he looks down on the pit as if it was prey. Meshuggah have certainly evolved over the years and are still pushing the boundaries of metal to the very point of no return. A three song encore finishing with 'The Last Vigil' sees a packed out Nottingham faithful regain their senses and trundle to the merch stand feeling pounded.

With a massive album on the shelves complemented by hopefully, further visits to these shores, they are a live experience one has to witness in their lifetime. Heavy, relevant, technical metal doesn't get better than this, miss this band at your peril but remember to tighten your bowels!

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