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Meshuggah | I | review | metal | Lollipop


I (Fractured Transmitter)
by Tim Den

After their last disappointment of an album (Nothing), I was beginning to worry about the almighty Meshuggah's well-being. After all, here was a band that invented a subgenre (None), only to slowly weaken with each release. And now, a 21 minute EP comprised of one song!? Oh lordy, please don't let this be a trainwreck...

Well waddaya know, the Swedish machine has redeemed itself. I is a nonstop rollercoaster of accelerated awkward tempos (the band hasn't played this fast since Contradictions Collapse), tempered by stylish dynamics to create a flowing, well-paced epic. Just when the grinding's too much to take, the army retreats and the smoke clears for a lone, ghostly guitar melody. Just when the schizophrenic time signatures begin to irritate, the sons-o-bitches break the fuck down and give you whiplash from headbanging. I keeps you guessing, and you never see it coming. All you can do is marvel at how Meshuggah can put together a 21-minute song that works, but not 10 shorter songs of this caliber. Alright alright, enough with the Nothing bashing...

For followers of the mechanical fire-and-brimstone found on "New Millennium Cyanide Christ" and "The Mouth Licking What You've Bled," I is going to rain upon you like a meteor shower. It's going to last a long, long time, and you're going to love it.

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