Posted 12 March 2008 - 03:27 PM
After picking up obZen yesterday and listening to it four times straight, I think I'm prepared to say this is Meshuggah's best record. Off the charts good. "Combustion," "Bleed" and "Dancers to a Discordant System" are all incredible. And Haake's drumming throught this thing is a tour de force. He has claimed the mantle of best bass kick drummer from Slayer's Dave Lombardo. The sounds coming off the kick in "Bleed" are inhuman. I don't know how one man can produce such boom. He's a machine.
There was a lot of talk, in interviews with Maynard prior to the release of 10,000 Days, of Meshuggah's influence on Tool. I don't hear that so much in Tool, but I must say that I do hear some Tool in obZen, particularly in "Combustion" and "Electric Red." I think this is a good thing. I generally think Tool should sound more like Meshuggah and Meshuggah should sound more like Tool.
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