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Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep Of Reason album review

Album Review

Cult Swedish heroes Meshuggah dismiss all challengers on eighth record

As Meshuggah approach their 30th year of existence, The Violent Sleep Of Reason proves timely. For a band that inspired a whole progressive metal subgenre, djent, and pushed the boundaries of what extreme music could do in terms of timings, rhythms and prowess, this is a reaffirmation in excelsis, from the syncopated chop of the blistering title track to the blinding solo of Ivory Tower. Eschewing the increasingly piecemeal modern approach taken to recording technical music by instead using full live takes, the organic feel here is as startling as how much of a punch it packs.

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