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It sounds so heavy! - 5%

Zodijackyl, September 28th, 2012

This is a supplement to my review of the original 2002 release of this album.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. This album sounds like a broken doomsday clock grinding away at several different speeds, clunking between one tone and another, metal whacking metal and producing horrific mechanical sounds and the distorted flapping of power lines being pulled in the apocalyptic storm. As we all know about doomsday hoaxes, the world isn't ending any time soon, and neither is a Meshuggah song, because the ten tracks all sound like varied arrangements of the same two songs.

Apparently the rushed production of the original version of this wasn't good enough for Meshuggah, they had to go for the full modern production experience where the music sounds like a wall of robots, rather than some dudes playing guitars and instruments. Everything is unpleasantly mechanical, pushing the sound of guitars as close to slamming machinery as a non-noise artist would attempt. Instead of the thumpy, groovy feel of nu-metal, it's now more like the hammering feel of overproduced deathcore.

This album is an extensive polishing of some old material so that it has a massive impact based on the sound alone. Listening to one song while surfing through MySpace pages might give the impression that this is the heaviest band in the world. That is an unfortunate consequence of the times. The album as a whole is musically negligible - any minute of it pretty much sounds like any other minute, unless you're analyzing it for math homework.

Highlights: Any 45 second segment of the album, listened to only once.