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'I' like this quite a bit - 93%

slayer21394, February 21st, 2008

This EP, Meshuggah's 2004 release, is actually just one very, very long (21 minutes long) song. That said, this is close to, if not THE finest piece of music I've heard from Meshuggah.

THAT said, the beginning can get a little annoying. It's about 1 1/2 minutes of the same basic riff and slight variations. Sometimes I can listen through it, sometimes I have to fast-forward. All of a sudden, everything stops for a second, before descending into pure chaos for about 20 seconds. The riff that follows is similar to the opening riffs, but not identical. Since this riff isn't played for 1 1/2 minutes and it's accompanied by Jens KIdman's insane vocal delivery, it's a lot easier to stomach.

There are some more great riffs afterwards, but the two highlights of this song are the two solos. The first one, beginning at about 5:35 in the song, is a seriously beefed up and much longer version of Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah's lead guitarist)'s standard fret-tapping solos, and it feels like the apocalypse is taking place right there in your ears. The second solo , somewhere between 10-12 minutes into the song, is not quite as crazy, but still has an "alien" quality to it. Seriously, I don't think there are many people who can create and play solos like Thordendal does.

After the solos, the song starts to slow down for a while, while still pumping out sweet riffs, eventually ending with a long fadeout.

The musicianship on this album (including Kidman's near-demonic vocal job) is probably the best of any Meshuggah album released thus far. If you are looking for Nothing's weirdness with Chaosphere and DEI's speed and intensity, with a little bit of extra weirdness and intensity, this album will probably suit you well.

Best tracks: That's a tough one. Thee are so many to choose from!