Meshuggah offer more than consistency, having unveiled new facets of their polyrhythmic avant-metal throughout their career. Whether it was Nothing introducing eight-string guitars in 2002, or obZen's standard-setting technicality in 2008, the Swedish titans have tirelessly carved out their niche in heavy music. In this unique situation, Meshuggah's eighth album Immutable doesn't have to reinvent the wheel… Meshuggah are the wheel.
Nearly six years after The Violent Sleep of Reason, opener "Broken Cog" effectively reintroduces Meshuggah's unmistakable tenets, gradually forming a solid backbeat and ominous leads around staccato tom-toms and cavernous chugs.
Today's number is 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0. Ah-hah-hah!
Water is wet, war is awful, Zuckerberg is a skinjob, and Meshuggah have been in competition with nobody but themselves since Destroy, Erase, Improve. That these truths are self-evident provides me with no small amount of existential comfort in a world where complexities and grey areas are augmenting and compounding like Akira's Tetsuo during his ghastly engorgement, obscuring our old friends Truth and Clarity in a twisted amalgam of weathered debris and slick sinew.
Meshuggah too have mutated.