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A great EP. - 90%

Akheon, July 11th, 2008

On this EP Meshuggah are mostly mid-tempo, try out strange but not overtly technical grooves, remain pretty thrashy and are about to change their lyrical themes. Every song is very tight, though unusually composed in the sense that repetition is minimal. It's just a groovy riff after another, with changing dynamics and verses, assorted in an order that will seem pretty unfulfilling first. This takes time to get into.

Slow progression through mechanized emotions is the core of this music. Countless of subtleties make the soundscape rich in its agonizing sterility. Meshuggah portray an impossible state of mind too nasty to touch with mere words.

Unlike in their future works, they use acoustic guitar somewhat often in the songs and Kidman's shouts are much more melodic (especially on "Ritual", where he practically sings). Overall it's an interesting chapter of this band's history... An useful listen to this band's fans or people who care about dark concepts in music.