Friday, February 17, 2012

Continuing the Meshuggah Trend

The fantastic Swedes have decided to share another track with us in advance of the album coming out. It contains a sweet solo and some extremely tight syncopated riffing. You can only listen to it from the Nuclear Blast website, but that small inconvenience is no reason not to hear this track, entitled "Do Not Look Down."

Here's a link for you to make it easy. Why not pre-order the album while you're there?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Meshuggah Rising

When a band like Meshuggah is approaching its twenty-fifth year of existence, you have to ask how much they can continue innovating before things either become incomprehensible (see Portal) or stale (see every band that tries to imitate Meshuggah). But with their seventh full-length release looming (their 13th, if you count EPs, live performances, and re-recordings), it appears that the band still has some unique and infectious music left in them. Check out this official first single from the Nuclear Blast label.

Meshuggah's Koloss will be out on March 26th. Be ready for it.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Best City in Metal

Is Montreal the greatest city in metal? Just take a look at the bands that have come from there:

Ion Dissonance
Despised Icon
Beneath the Massacre
The Agonist
The Plasmarifle

and over two hundred bands I've never heard listed in Plus they speak Fran├žais, which gives them at least a spiritual connection with all the French black metal bands. That's not to mention the great jazz scene in the city, or bands like The Arcade Fire and Godspeed You Black Emperor. I pretty much want to move to Montreal.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Top 20, Part 2

Unfortunately, I didn't get my album summaries finished up before spending a week in Canada (no, sadly, it wasn't for an Unexpect show, but that will be coming up). That's what happens when you don't have real deadlines. But they're up now--albums 10 through 1. Be sure to read up on them, and listen to all the ones you haven't heard. I'll be putting up a summary of some great non-metal albums I heard this year as well. Stay tuned.

Take a look here, or click the tab above.