Category: Djent

Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

People listen to and interpret music in a variety of ways. Some are lyrically or vocally based; others are influenced by atmosphere and mood, while others analyze its composition and structure, etc. One band that very much appeals to those that break down song structure and time signatures is Swedish metal titan Meshuggah. This band has long been at the forefront of technical death metal and the djent subgenre that they have inspired with their relentless auditory assault full of odd-time signatures and machine-like rhythms that has spanned two decades. This is continued and reinforced with their sixth full-length, The Violent Sleep of Reason. (more…)

Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion

Animals as Leaders is a rising star in instrumental progressive metal. The band centers on guitarist, Tobin Abasi, who is joined by guitarist, Javier Reyes, and drummer, Matt Garstka. The Joy of Motion is Animals as Leaders’ third album and is closer in style to their debut self-titled album. It continues the jazzy, djent, instrumental metal as found on prior releases. Overall, the album is not too metal, with more emphasis on the jazzy elements and a feeling of being in space. Several songs sound like the smooth jazz/soft rock (more…)

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Meshuggah – ObZen

Have you ever listened to your washing machine or lawnmower motor run and somewhat discern some type of mathematical pattern? Convert the sounds to electric guitar and drums and you basically get Meshuggah. I do not listen to very much metal like this, so I may not be the best to describe this. Now for some music theory description that I do not understand: according to an interview with the band, Meshuggah typically employs a 4/4 time signature for the drums by Tomas Haake, while the rest of the instruments (more…)

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