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THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON

Meshuggah

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.02 | 46 ratings

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5 stars "The Violent Sleep of Reason" is the 9th full-length studio album by Swedish technical extreme metal act Meshuggah. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in October 2016. Itīs the successor to "Koloss" from 2012 and features the same lineup as the predecessor. "The Violent Sleep of Reason" is a self- produced effort. Engineering was done by prolific Danish producer/engineer Tue Madsen at Puk Studios in Denmark. The album was recorded live in the studio, with all members playing simultaneously. So itīs basically a "live in the studio" recording, but you probably wouldnīt be able to hear it if you didnīt know it. Meshuggah are one tight playing unit. A well oiled machine. And even when they do something like this, everything is still delivered with militant precision.

Stylistically "The Violent Sleep of Reason" features very few surprises if youīre already familiar with the last couple of releases by Meshuggah. Crushingly heavy downtuned angular played guitars/bass riffs, the odd fusion jazz styled guitar solo/theme, technical drumming, crazy time signatures, and Jens Kidmanīs raw aggressive vocals in front. Itīs safe to say they donīt step out of their comfort zone much on this album, but the quality of the material is as usual incredibly high and the bandīs sound is as unique as ever. I understand if some people feel Meshuggah have stagnated and that their style has become a one-dimensional and predictable size, because in some ways thatīs true, but if you listen a bit more closely to what the band have to offer, youīll notice that they still make little tweaks to their core sound. Itīs nothing that changes their overall musical style, but there is enough development to keep the listener on his/her toes and ensure that "The Violent Sleep of Reason" stands out as an individual entity in the bandīs discography.

The material on the 10 track, 58:55 minutes long album is as mentioned above of a very high quality. The tracks are written in an incredibly clever way and the technical details featured on the tracks are quite stunning. Thatīs not unusual for Meshuggah though, and it wouldnīt be enough if the tracks werenīt powerful and memorable too. Thatīs fortunately the case here though, and while there are a couple of tracks which donīt stand out as much as the best tracks on the album, every track is still of a high quality. Highlight include "Born in Dissonance", "MonstroCity", and "Nostrum", but "Violent Sleep of Reason" (which features some very intriguing lead guitar melodies/themes) and the crushingly heavy and therefore aptly titled "By the Ton" also deserve a mention.

"The Violent Sleep of Reason" features a powerful, raw, and detailed sound production, and despite how it was recorded, the album features the cold, clinical, and dark atmosphere, which suits Meshuggahīs music so well. Itīs still organic to a degree though, and itīs certainly not a polished and lifeless sounding production.

So theyīve done it again...created another masterful release, which defies catagorization and which just sounds unmistakably like Meshuggah. The fans will probably praise this one as theyīve praised the bandīs previous efforts, while the critics will say the same as they always do. This is not an album thatīll change that. Meshuggahīs music is still as demanding and inaccessible as itīs been from day one, and "The Violent Sleep of Reason" requires as much attention from the listener as every preceding release by the band before it. But once you lock into that crushingly heavy odd-metered hypnotic groove itīll never let go. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved.

UMUR | 5/5 |

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