Sunday, March 27, 2011

Meshuggah, Stengah (Nothing, 2002)

Make sure you've taken your ayahuasca before you click play, or you will be injured.

I admire how Meshuggah seems to have made conscious decisions to separately analyze the most basic elements of their work. How will we use rhythm? How will we use tone? Solos are either tone-only (long, drawn out single notes held for multiple measures) or motion-only, moving quickly through unpredictable patterns; trying to tell the notes is like trying to read a sparkler. A good solo on this album can be found in Glints Collide.

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