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Old 03-19-2012, 09:11 PM
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I think it's pretty killer, but I don't have Meshuggah up on a pedestal like a lot of people.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:51 AM
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"Behind the Sun" is hands down one of the best songs in Meshuggah's catalogue.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:44 AM
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Swarm was the only track that impressed me.
I do like a few other tracks a whole lot as well, but this is by far my favorite on the album (in terms of immediate gratification, at least). It's quite obviously this album's "Bleed".

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"Behind the Sun" is hands down one of the best songs in Meshuggah's catalogue.
Interesting. That might be one of my least favorite tracks on the album. It just seems to meander aimlessly for a while, never really eveloping into anything significant. There are a few decent riffs here and there, but to me this was a fairly weak track.

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I think it's pretty killer, but I don't have Meshuggah up on a pedestal like a lot of people.
I guess I have to admit that I do consider Meshuggah to be one of my all-time favorites, so I'm trying hard to stay objective in the reviewing process. I think this one is a grower, like most of their other albums. Hell, I even seem to remember thinking obZen was pretty meh until I had listened to it a few times - now I think it's one of Meshuggah's best albums.

It's odd to think that a band that is this heavy and brutal in their attack would be one that you'd have to settle in and listen to for a while before appreciating their material, but I think this album is teaching me that one of the strengths of Meshuggah is that they write albums which function on multiple levels. Some of their compositions clearly go for the jugular right away, while others take several listens to fully appreciate. I suppose you could say this about any band, but it just seems to be more of a factor for these guys.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:24 AM
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:32 AM
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:48 AM
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Gonna give this a listen tonight. Downloaded it yesterday, but thanks to the lovely Deposit Files (seriously the worst fucking torrent ever) it took almost 3(!) hours to download and I had no motivation to listen to it once it completed.
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Just finished listening. Not that impressed. The Demon's Name Is Survilence, Marrow, and Swarm are good, Behind The Sun and The Hurt That Finds You Frist have their moments and the rest are just straight-up boring. I'll give it another listen, but so far it's just a decent record and easily the weakest record of Meshuggah's career.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:25 PM
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Not sure how many full listens I got in, but after hearing it a few times I don't really have song titles matched with songs.

There isn't a definite standout track like Bleed, Rational Gaze or FBM, but so far Demiurge is the one sticking to me.

Behind the Sun immediately brings Catch 33 to mind.

Started my run with The Demon's Name is Surveillance today, that was intense.

After hearing some samples and some not so hot reviews, I wasn't expecting as much as I was initially so I'm pleasantly surprised so far. I like to production better than obZen and they have a nice mix of slow and fast material, neither of which is formulaic from previous material or even within this album.

The biggest thing I notice is that there are some songs like this, but the middle of the album doesn't drag on with slow polyrhythmic droning.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:33 AM
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^ Nice assessment. You and I are in agreement on a lot of things about this album so far (imagine that ).
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