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It hasn't really been a great year for music period!

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Right, so after several disappointing months, September has been totally fucking unstoppable.

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You even get a bonus EP this time too.

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Arx Atrata - Spiritus in Terra
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Some good releases this month: High Spirits, White Medal, Insomnium, In the Woods..., Sumerlands, Winterfylleth, Infant Death.


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pretty disappointed with the In The Woods album - some good moments and riffs but it's all a bit ploddy goth metal.
I liked the last Arx Atraxa album so will hunt that down

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Winterfylleth.

Bored me to tears exactly the same way as everything else they've ever done.

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Winterfylleth.

Bored me to tears exactly the same way as everything else they've ever done.

Fair enough. I think the last couple of albums have been really good after the dull 3rd one.
But if you've never liked them this one won't change your mind.


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I just don't know what it is about them I don't get on with. They tick most of the right boxes, but I always lose interest after twenty minutes or so.

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Not that I keep track, but September would definitely include Neurosis and Nick Cave

Overall this year is shaping up nicely


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Neurosis, hands down. A genuine surprise.

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To the surprise of absolutely NOBODY...

...no contest for AOTY.

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To the surprise of absolutely NOBODY...

...no contest for AOTY.


I agree with your AOTY statement but I didn't expect it to be is good as it is, I expected more in the lines of 'Kollos'. However it's a terrific record and their best release since their 'I' EP in my opinion.


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yeah the last two Meshuggah albums were good but they weren't overly impressive to me.

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I loved Koloss.
This is better.

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On the last 3 or 4 MESHUGGAH efforts, there were always a handful of "moments" that kept bringing me back. Usually the building into an idea, the fleshing out of something previously hinted at or just some massive riff that only they could provide. The new one is wall to wall riffage, specific song ideas and structures, some of Fred's best soloing ever and the occasional fit of exquisite layering that they've only hinted at in years past. The playing live aspect definitely removes some the clinical vibe they've been leaning on the last few records too.

I will undoubtedly go on and on about various points of brilliance, but as much as love this band, I never expected them to come out swinging so hard this time around.

Oh, and Tue Madsen engineered this album too. Love that guy and this was a natural fit.

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I've only listened to it once so hardly have a proper opinion yet, but from that one listen, nothing really stood out for me. Felt the same about Koloss, it was the first Meshuggah album I'd heard that had nothing new in the mix. Obzen, on the other hand, is probably my favourite thing they've released since Nothing.


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There was nothing new on Obzen either. The new one has more layers to me.

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I thought there was a new level of restraint and subtlety on Obzen, TBH.


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nothing really stood out for me.

Same. It's only ok I thought. I do like "By the ton".

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I thought there was a new level of restraint and subtlety on Obzen, TBH.


That's a curious interpretation of it. To me it was very clearly the sound of a band that had no big ideas left and just made another album featuring more compact/direct songs.

The new one doesn't advance their style much---it's arguable that Catch 33 was the last album that did that--but it is the best they have sounded in years.

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The new one is wall to wall riffage, specific song ideas and structures, some of Fred's best soloing ever and the occasional fit of exquisite layering that they've only hinted at in years past. The playing live aspect definitely removes some the clinical vibe they've been leaning on the last few records too.

I will undoubtedly go on and on about various points of brilliance, but as much as love this band, I never expected them to come out swinging so hard this time around.

Oh, and Tue Madsen engineered this album too. Love that guy and this was a natural fit.


Agree with all of this, but I was a little worried about Tue Madsen's involvement. Perhaps I'm out of touch, but I've always considered him to be a B-level producer. His sound is a tad one dimensional I think and he tends to work with bands that can't afford better producers.

He did a good job on the new Meshuggah, but he would have been following orders.

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