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Meshuggah: I

The Swedish kings of technical math-core death metal are biding their time before the release of their next full length album with the release of I, a 21-minute long single song EP, that just might be a revelation to many listeners unfamiliar to their brand of extreme metal, or a solid stopgap for fans who can't wait to get their hands on their next full-length platter of metal mayhem.

For my money, I'd love to see Meshuggah take the theme they have started here and expand on it. I is one long extended trip into a progressive metal nightmare, complete with spooky & atmospheric interludes, crushing diplays of doomy might, and of course, plenty of Meshuggah's trademark technical ferocity.

The lyrics? Well, there are printed in the booklet, but you try and figure them out. I gave up after a few passes. It's not that lyrics are overly important to this kind of music, with Jens Kidman growling and spitting all over the place you don't really feel the need to sing along or understand what he's ranting about. Guitarists Fredrik Thordendal and Mårten Hagström as always impress mightily with loads of heavy & fast riffs, wild & technical lead lines (from Thordendal) that recall Allan Holdsworth on speed, and eerie sound effects. Drummer Tomas Haake flails his kit like a man possessed, especially on the complex ""YYZ" influenced instrumental section about a third of the way into the track.

Complaints? None really, other than I would have liked to hear a full album from the boys here that continued on with this more accessible and proggressive style. If Meshuggah is going to continue on with this epic songwriting slant, then their next opus could very well set the progressive extreme metal scene (is there such a thing?) on its ears.

Track List
1) I (21:00)

Added: October 27th 2004
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score:
Related Link: Meshuggah's Website
Hits: 5039
Language: english

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Meshuggah: I
Posted by Mike Jar on 2006-11-13 13:45:08
My Score:

you gotta be kidding me! meshuggah friggin rules of course, but the lyrics are one of the most important parts! these guys are either crazy, or crazy smart. they certainly portray whats going on in the world in I..

Solitude in splendor has been rivalled
Shroud stained with tarblack vomit
Veiling the rotting eyes of the masses
The strain of armageddon evolves

obviously hes talking about the disgust of the strain of armageddon known as self-concious fear, or in physical form as the illuminati and the bush government. all they want to do is inforce facism and martial law.

Shifting through worlds from chaos, to chaos, to chaos
I devour this manure of existence-infertile, barren, whole
Rancid redeemer. Virulent deterioration of faith

im not too sure what these guys really mean, but its not too far fetched to connect that with the little unheard lyric in Nebulous,

In dreams it speaks to me, of the truth that means reality (x4)

these guys definatly seem enlightened, and their music only sends shivers down my spine, at least knowing that other people have seen through the illusion or the smoke and mirrors that is fed to you by the illuminati, and all the people they control (basically every rich person on earth)

but thats just my view

Meshuggah: I
Posted by ET on 2005-01-21 23:33:47
My Score:

MESHUGGAH RULES! CAN'T WAIT FOR CATCH 33! SHOULD BE ONE HELL OF A TRIPPY SOUNDING CD SO GET READY TO SMOKE OR DRINK AND CHILL IN A DARK ROOM WITH A PAIR OF HEAD PHONES ON!!!!!!!!




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