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The Violent Sleep Of Reason (Limited Edition Double Gatefold)
- Release Date 07 October 2016
- In Stock
- Product code
- NB 3483-1
- Double Vinyl LP
- Nuclear Blast
In 2017, Swedish progressive metal pioneers MESHUGGAH will be entering their 30th year of existence, defying expectations on record as to the limitations of metal, and then proving their virtuosic prowess by taking their cathedral-complex compositions to stages all over the world through the band’s legendary long tour cycles.It all began with 1991’s Contradictions Collapse, but the MESHUGGAH legend was established through the likes of 1995’s groundbreaking Destroy Erase Improve and the band’s third record, 1998’s Chaosphere. Catch Thirtythree, obZen and 2012’s immense Koloss solidified the band’s reputation as creative mavericks raising the reputation of what metal could be, resulting in status as the creators and godfathers of an entire progressive music style known as djent—even if the band has a somewhat ambivalent relationship with that tag or tags of any sort.
The Violent Sleep of Reason, the band’s eighth full-length studio album, finds MESHUGGAH building upon their legacy for fearless metal sculpting within the context of extreme metal, but also recapturing some of the magic and excitement specifically within the aspect of performance, finding flow and groove that would be a challenge for any lesser band to locate, given such technical geometric madness at mischievous hand.There’s a distinct methodology, says drum master, writer and spokesman for the band Tomas Haake, that was put into motion to help the band achieve the level of “swing” the attentive fan will feel as he makes his way through The Violent Sleep of Reason.“Basically, there are more natural sounds. On the last few albums, everything’s been kind of fixed and machine-like. For this one, it’s all live takes, something we haven’t done in many, many years. And that definitely goes against the stream of what you see in technical metal.”
The personal challenge taken on by the band produced fortunate by-products as well,or, rather, it inspired them to “de-machine” other aspects of the technical MESHUGGAH juggernaut.“Yes, we also changed our philosophy toward guitar sounds,” explains Haake, who nonetheless confirms that the band is still using eight-string axes, and for the most part, tuning down half a step to achieve that torrid MESHUGGAH guitar grunt.At the lyrical end, highlights include the title track, which, set to a massively heavy arch-djent rhythm, speaks of “the violent outcome of not dealing with what is going on, the violent implications of being asleep. It’s actually based on a Goya painting that is called ‘The Sleep of Reason Brings Forth Monsters.’”
A second highlight is strident opener and longest song on the album, “Clockworks,” which is strafed by a typically super-human drum performance from Haake. “That’s more about looking to yourself and who you are and things you want to change about yourself. So would Tomas then acquiesce to the idea of MESHUGGAH as metal’s reigning enemies of melody?“In a sense, yeah. I mean, there is definitely melody and melodic thought put intotonalities and things like that, but at the same time, we’re not going for anything pretty. Not really.”
2. Born In Dissonance
1. By The Ton
2. Violent Sleep Of Reason
1. Ivory Tower
1. Our Rage Won’t Die
2. Into Decay