The Violent Sleep of Reason

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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for the Swedish metal band was produced with Tue Madsen.
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  1. Kerrang!
    Oct 12, 2016
    100
    It's reliably puzzling and brain-meltingly good. [15 Oct 2016, p.52]
  2. Oct 12, 2016
    80
    The band's evolution on The Violent Sleep… keeps them one step ahead of all those who have been trying to catch up, making Meshuggah as powerful and proficient on the cusp of three decades of existence as they always have been.
  3. Oct 12, 2016
    80
    On The Violent Sleep of Reason, Meshuggah set out simply to capture the energy of their live shows in the studio. They accomplish that in spades, and reaffirm why they don't need to worry about innovation: their writing and playing accomplish that in their very nature.
  4. The Wire
    Nov 8, 2016
    80
    Once this inward looking tendency was a strength; now it seems safe. [Nov 2016, p.68]
  5. Oct 24, 2016
    65
    The Violent Sleep of Reason galvanizes most when Meshuggah rise to the challenge of writing music that matches the urgency and global scope of its subjects. All too often, though, even as they’re captured playing together in a room for the first time in ages, Meshuggah sound a tad more comfortable than agitated.
  6. Oct 12, 2016
    60
    While the instrumental mastery still impresses as always, the end result remains enjoyable but ultimately missing a key aspect of what made the driving, mechanical sound of Meshuggah so worthwhile in the first place.
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  1. Oct 29, 2016
    10
    Meshuggah never fail to impress - no other words needed. They're ones of a few who can provide their signature style and update it with everyMeshuggah never fail to impress - no other words needed. They're ones of a few who can provide their signature style and update it with every new release too. Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2016
    9
    Brutal and unrelenting, unapologetically heavy as hell, ladies and gentlemen, I give you - Meshuggah! The long awaited 8th LP from theBrutal and unrelenting, unapologetically heavy as hell, ladies and gentlemen, I give you - Meshuggah! The long awaited 8th LP from the swedish metal juggernaut released officially and to the hardcore fans of this metal pioneer, the wait was indeed worth it. Meshuggah has been around for almost 3 decades now, and with this being 'only' their eighth album, fans are ravenous for any new material. To that end, 'The Violent Sleep of Reason' does not disappoint and is a worthy admission into their esteemed discography. With song structures more resembling that of a jazz outfit, and odd rythms and mind numbingly complex guitar solos, this is not a mass appeal type of band. I don't know that this album will garner many new fans, but fans of bands in the 'Djent' genre should be put on notice. Bands like Sikth, Periphery, and Veil of Maya would not exist if not for Meshuggah. Now it depends on your taste in metal as to wether thats a good thing or not but regardless this is the forbearer of the entire Djent movement. Chugging rythms thanks to the always outstanding drummer, vocals that sound like Slayers' Tom Areya gargled sandpaper and 8 string guitars leave the listener bruised and f#*@ing hostile. There is a theme to this offering, which is not always the case with past Meshuggah releases. The albums' title is a riff on an etching by the spanish artist Goya called 'The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters'. Basically the message is if we turn a blind eye to the evils of the world, it may consume us all. This album deals along those lines of thinking. Lyric videos are out there for 'Nostrum' and 'Born in Dissonance' if you want to get to the meaning of the lyrics quickly. Highlights of this album are the aforementioned 'Born...', the 1st track 'Clockworks', and the title track. The album is noteworthy for another reason as it was the first one in 20+ years to be recorded 'live', with all the members of the band playing along side each other. This has given the music a more organic, looser feel that makes it feel more accessible than their last couple (great) albums. The bottom line here is, if you love Meshuggah, this is a must buy! If, however, you are not familiar with Meshuggah, I suggest streaming this (and other albums in their storied past) before deciding. My guess is you will not be disappointed. Past albums that are essential are 'Destroy, Erase, Improve', and 'Chaosphere', as well as 'ObZen'. Enjoy! Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2016
    9
    Probably meshuggahs best and most rounded album. Got so many great riffs and tomas haake has outdone hinself on drums. Another high note withProbably meshuggahs best and most rounded album. Got so many great riffs and tomas haake has outdone hinself on drums. Another high note with extra shuggah Expand