Obzen

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On first listen, the sound on Obzen, Meshuggah's sixth full-length, is startling, not for its trademark rapid-fire key and tempo changes, or for the intricate, insanely knotty riffs that careened over 2002's Nothing or 2005's Catch Thirty-Three. Instead, it is the rampaging charge that leads off the set on "Combustion," a balls-out sprint that recalls the band's earlier catalog albums like Contradictions Collapse, Destroy Erase Improve, and even Chaosphere. Power, focus and attention to the bone-crushing power are at the center of Obzen. That said, it loses nothing in terms of the band's keen focus of musical or technical innovation or drummer Tomas Haake's songwriting. What...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On first listen, the sound on Obzen, Meshuggah's sixth full-length, is startling, not for its trademark rapid-fire key and tempo changes, or for the intricate, insanely knotty riffs that careened over 2002's Nothing or 2005's Catch Thirty-Three. Instead, it is the rampaging charge that leads off the set on "Combustion," a balls-out sprint that recalls the band's earlier catalog albums like Contradictions Collapse, Destroy Erase Improve, and even Chaosphere. Power, focus and attention to the bone-crushing power are at the center of Obzen. That said, it loses nothing in terms of the band's keen focus of musical or technical innovation or drummer Tomas Haake's songwriting. What it does leave behind is some of the mathy quick-change-for-the-sake-of-it annoyances that were more a show-off of athletic prowess than actual compositional tropes. The melodic orchestration of Catch Thirty-Three has all but disappeared, and in its place is a direct, almost machine-like sense of communication. What's most remarkable is the live drum kit work by Haake. He's constant and startling -- the completely crazy bass pedal work on "Bleed" would leave most drummers in the dust. You have to wonder, since the last album featured so many triggered laptop tooled drums. Again: power, compositional ethics, and musical acumen are all tied to one thing, building a foundation that just gets wider, deeper, and more intense as the album wears on. Check the frenetic slash and burn ethos in "Pineal Gland Optics," where both guitars stagger their rhythmic attack keeping vocalist Jens Kidman on the money the whole time. It gives way to the unwound pummeling drum and guitar solo riff that introduces "Pravus," with its sense of taut dynamics, hair-trigger tensions, and an explosiveness that is literally unequaled. This is sheer attack metal, played by a band that has run from simplicity to excess and incorporated them both into a record that is on a level with anything else they've done, even if not all the elements marry perfectly yet. Just get it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361193720
  • Catalog Number: 11937
  • Sales rank: 45,729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Combustion (4:08)
  2. 2 Electric Red (5:51)
  3. 3 Bleed (7:22)
  4. 4 Lethargica (5:47)
  5. 5 Obzen (4:24)
  6. 6 This Spiteful Snake (4:52)
  7. 7 Pineal Gland Optics (5:12)
  8. 8 Pravus (5:10)
  9. 9 Dancers to a Discordant System (9:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meshuggah Primary Artist
Tomas Haake Drums, Group Member
Jens Kidman Vocals, Group Member
Fredrik Thordendal Guitar, Group Member
Mårten Hagström Guitar, Group Member
Dick Lövgren Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Björn Engelmann Mastering
Tomas Haake Composer
Joachim Luetke Cover Art
Fredrik Thordendal Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!!

    I really didn't expect to like this cd. I picked up on a whim--it was my first excursion into any kind of heavy metal!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    An amazing new album from a band that can pummel you like no other. As with all of their material it takes a few spins to really get a handle on, but, as every Meshuggah fan knows, the payoff is well worth your time. So get a good pair of headphones, and immerse yourself in that special low-end sonic bliss that's been a trademark since the re-issue of Nothing.

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