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Stylistic changes ahead - 70%

CannibalCorpse, July 15th, 2007

Hypocrisy - 45/50

Roswell 47 is one of the best songs to showcase the stylistic changes of Tägtgren's band in 1996. The song has about the same speed as the average "The Fourth Dimension" track, but features more audible melodic riffs and lead guitars.

Tägtgren's vocal work is again excellent, he uses both mid-range growls and an extremely high-pitched scream (a trademark style of Tägtgren that started with the "Abducted" album) that manages to send chills down my spine.

Lars Szöke still wasn't an amazing drummer when this was released, but he does his job, without gaining too much attention. An average performance.

Overall, a great song and a wise choice for a split single like this one.

Meshuggah - 25/50

The early years of this band saw them playing technical thrash metal, somewhat comparable to a heavier Megadeth. The album "Destroy Erase Improve" showed a style that was quite different to their old sound, straying away from thrash metal almost completely. This split is one of the first signs of their changing sound.

Sadly, Meshuggah's part of this little split is also far less enjoyable. "Future Breed Machine" is an average song on an average album. It features the typical "weird" time signatures that Meshuggah have been uses for ages, as well as the downtuned, sludgy guitars that define Meshuggah's sound. I never really enjoyed their music much, and "Future Breed Machine" doesn't change that in the least. Their singer's hardcore shouting is not exactly enjoyable either. Not a bad song per se, but simply not my cup of tea.

If you like lots of different time signatures and monotone, arrhythmic riffing with hardcore vocals on top, this might be useful for you.

Overall, this is a decent split for fans of Hypocrisy and Meshuggah, but not recommended to people new to these bands.