Released on: 2008-03-07
"One of the ten most important hard and heavy bands“, that’s how the prestigious Rolling Stone Magazine describes Swedish sonic extremists MESHUGGAH. It is impossible to talk about experimental or avant-garde metal without mentioning this truly groundbreaking act: MESHUGGAH mix ultra-complicated rhythmic patterns with massive riffs and aggressive growls, combining Death Metal, Mathcore, Thrash and Progressive Metal to create their unique style. "ObZen" is their 7th album and its slogan seems to be: expect the unexpected. You could say that "ObZen" is some sort of a best of album with fresh, new songs – but that´s only half the truth. "ObZen" is once again a masterpiece of diversity and surprises.
While the last album, "Catch Thirty-Three", sounded like a gloomy lava realm of subconscious terror, "ObZen" is a big buttkicking. Some parts are still slo mo-groove infernos, but others, like the opener "Combustion" are high speed-massacres like the band never did before. Pure technical asskicking mayhem! Even though it seemed not to be possible, MESHUGGAH once again improved their musical skills – do no try this at home, as you simply might burst into tears. MESHUGGAH reached a non-human level with this one… but to be honest: That´s exactly what we hoped for. And "ObZen" is everything but a disappointment…The band only released classic albums since their debut in 1991, but it´s not wrong to say, that "ObZen" is their most mature and, yes, best album up to date. Talking in platitudes, you say? Well, it´s a fact. And let´s go even further: "Dancers To A Discordant System", a 9-minute epic, is probably the most artful song the band ever recorded. "Bleed" as an antithesis the most unstraight straight song you´ll ever hear. "ObZen" simply bashes your mind over and over again. Get your headphones, take some time off and listen to "ObZen" over and over again. It´s a trip, it´s an offering – it´s paradise!
|Track list||Total runtime|
|2||- Electric Red||5:51|
|6||- This Spiteful Snake||4:52|
|7||- Pineal Gland Optics||5:12|
|9||- Dancers To A Discordant System||9:36|