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Obzen [CD]

Meshuggah Audio CD
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Math Metal gods and pioneers MESHUGGAH strike back with the first ever DVD in the band`s history!

"Alive" comprises several live cuts on DVD, taped during various shows on their North American / Canadian tour with CYNIC in 2009 and the Loudpark festival in Tokyo 2008. This is rounded off with lots of backstage stuff, an insight into drum and guitar work plus videoclip material! ... Read more in Amazon's Meshuggah Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B0012E6R3M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Unlike previous reviewers, I do not possess sufficient technical music knowledge to dazzle you with science, so here is my purely subjective experience:

First off if you're not familiar with Meshuggah check out some samples...they're not for the faint hearted. Meshuggah defy categorisation they are totally unique and don't fit into any particular genre comfortably...

As with every Meshuggah album Obzen is incredibly precise and structured and yet chaotic and multifaceted at the same time! In parts the instruments are out of synch with one another(polyrhythmic) and this feels like my mind is being pulled in eight different directions simultaneously!

Tempos vary from break neck speed to slow melodic passages that are laden with a sinister menacing undertone. Vocals are the same as all previous albums, somewhere between a death metal growl and hardcore shout, they're very sharp and laced with vitriol and spite.

Personally, I feel Obzen is more aggressive and energetic than Catch 33 but falls short of Chaosphere. Nonetheless it is a very intense album that demands a lot of energy and focus to fully appreciate.

Overall, as a Meshuggah fan I very much like the album, and recommend to other Meshuggah fans and those who want a unique metal experience to fragment and shatter their sanity!

Words elude me to adequately describe the off kilter, ultra precise madness that is Meshuggah's latest offering Obzen...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meshuggah's Career in One Album 1 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
Listening to obZen for the upteenth time, a though strikes me; Meshuggah really dont seem like the type to conform to anyone's wishes at all, let alone their fans. So it's even more of a surprise that this album seems to be a collection and summonation of the band's ever-shifting career to date.

The neo-thrash of 'Combustion' is a welcome return to pace and about as straight-forward a song as the band has ever done, dripping in poise and speed. 'Lethargica' and 'Electric Red' harken back to the alternative groove (if you can call it that) of Catch 33 and the album's title track harkens back to the Nothing era. Yes, obZen is definitely a unique proposition in that it never really settles for one style or mood, instead going for multiple tempo shifts and swings.

It's an odd choice for a band that tends to have a specific sound for each album to find them now embracing diversity, but each of the 9 songs present a different side to the Meshuggah personality without any real repitition or dragging. The band are still as delightfully inventive, crushing and heavy as they've always been, and obZen can stand as a summination and celebration of their career so far, whilst at the same time offering a perfect introduction for new fans to get their teeth into. A great piece of modern metal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily Record of the Year. 6 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've never listened to Meshuggah before and i purchased this album on the strength of some good reviews in the music press. On first listen i was impressed with how heavy it was, on second listen i was hooked and repeated listens after this i was totally blown away. I then went straight out and bought every other album they have ever done and i've got to say they just dont compare to this. Sure you can see how they got here, but beleive me when i say that this is the true pinnacle of their career so far, both the much lauded Destroy Erase Improve and the so called masterpiece Chaosphere simply dont compare to this. Dont get me wrong they are both great albums and deserve their acclaim but Obzen is just so much more. If like me you've never heard them before but love heavy music then you simply have to have this record, but dont be fooled into thinking the older albums will be as good. Just stick to this one and all the others that follow. If you dont beleive how good this record is then just listen to the song Pineal Gland Optics and at around 1/2 way through meshuggah will prove to you just how amazing they are. Heavy music doesn't come any better than this. Enjoy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meshuggah find their groove 3 May 2008
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I'm just writing this because there seem to be a lot of negative reviews. No this album isn't as complex as Catch 33 or I, but both of those albums I appreciated rather than enjoyed. You can't fault their technicality and experimentation, but in the past I've found that I 'appreciate' meshuggah more than enjoy them. This album blows that idea out of the water. I think the band have done the next logical thing. they had taken experimentation as far as it could go, and have now stripped back (a little bit) to produce an album that is both technical, but has hooks, melodies. For once it sounds easy to play (even though it is just as awkward as anything they have previously done) and rather than sounding like a drum machine on random, it grooves. This could well be the metal album of the year because they have pulled off the phenomenal trick of making their hugely technical and experimental music groove. You can take all the experimentation in the world, but once you blend it with groove you really have hit the holy grail and that's what Meshuggah have done on this album. Basically, it's awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ob-Nice 3 April 2008
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New album... back to their roots... fusing most previous styles... etc etc. Musically, this is definitely Meshuggah's most varied album, and for that it should mostly be liked by all Meshuggah fans. It features some of their most intense and some of their most lethargic material. Listening to some of these tracks, I am getting the same feeling I got from first listening to metal - never before have I heard anything quite like some of the things I witness here; never have Meshuggah been so damn amazing.

For starters, the production is obScene, the best they've had. I always felt that the production of the drum-machine releases suffered by feeling slightly artificial, but that has been nicely corrected. The refusal to obEy normal timings is present as usual, every I drank a shot every time I got blissfully confused whilst listening to the polyrhythms here, I would now be incredibly obEse. On top of this, all of the members give their best performance to date, thanks to the varied nature of the songs. The atmosphere is not quite as intense and claustrophobic as Catch33, (which many will see as a good thing), but for me this is a step backwards - perhaps one necessary to move forwards in the future).

"Bleed" is my standout track, I have never heard such an incredible all round performance. This is the single track from the album, for obVious reasons. "Dancers to a Discordant System" is the obLigatory long track that Meshuggah have grown to love doing, but this one is far more consistent than "In Death - Is Death", and more down-to-earth than "I". There are a few moments of not-so-much-filler-but-slightly-boring parts on the album, such as the Fear Factory-esque intro to ObZen, or most of "This Spiteful Snake" - a track which sounds like it was taken from possible extra tracks for Nothing. However, these few sections are easily covered up by the brilliance of everything else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mastodon brought me here...they may make your other music boring after...
I've been waiting very impatiently for Mastodon's new album, due out very soon, and I was always getting recommendations for Meshuggah, a band I've heard of for a long time but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by KATN
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not dance to this discordant album?
Took me a while to get into this mind-blowing album, but when I finally managed, it became to me one of the best albums ever recorded. Obzen sounds like the apocalypse!
Published 6 months ago by Peter Episcopo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning.
This is the first Meshuggah I've heard, and initially I was repelled. I had to listen again and again and again, and now... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential portrayal of our spiritual illness
A listener might wonder why Jens Kidman, the singer of Meshuggah, is so angry. But when you take the time to study the actual meaning of this wonderful album you quickly realise... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Sarmad
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect album for an incredible group
Really hard to describe the Meshuggah music, is so complex. But listening their pieces I think to a word, resuming their music, but it's seem so hard to use a word like this:... Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by Federici Leonardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you come here Obzen?
It's not so easy to review a band like Meshuggah, because there's not much to compare them to. Of course musically they come from the tradition of death metal, with the customary... Read more
Published on 28 April 2010 by RobertHedrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaching For The Alien Shore
Black waves crash against an alien shore, the rocks are red and bleeding, great currents surge, the sea is tipped white foam and bottomless. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2009 by G. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the the best metal album you'll ever encounter
seriously this really is what music is about if you don't like it? Evolve your mind or you'll regret it........
Published on 3 Oct 2008 by belong2kev
4.0 out of 5 stars Meshuggah's Careere in One Album
Listening to obZen for the upteenth time, a though strikes me; Meshuggah really dont seem like the type to conform to anyone's wishes at all, let alone their fans. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2008 by I. Lehnert
2.0 out of 5 stars i disagree..
..one star better than previous turkey album ' catch 33 ' it still bores the pants off me. meshuggah were excelent in the old days, up to 'destroy erase.. Read more
Published on 9 May 2008 by Mr. L. Legrove
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