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Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Swedish metal band releases its sixth studio album.

Top Track

Bleed
Beams of fire sweep through my head Thrusts of pain increasingly engaged Sensory receptors succumb I am no one now only agony My crimson liquid so... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. The result challenges brain and body, sure (just try headbanging to obZen), but it also dares any other metal band to write a more ferocious album.
  2. obZen is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging record, and is without question an early contender for metal Album of the Year.
  3. So while there’s very little that’s surprising about obZen, the album finds Meshuggah’s strengths filtered through tighter song structures and more approachable grooves than we’ve heard from them in a long time.
  4. This is sheer attack metal, played by a band that has run from simplicity to excess and incorporated them both into a record that is on a level with anything else they've done, even if not all the elements marry perfectly yet. Just get it.
  5. Alternative Press
    80
    They're still crisp and cold--kind of like the Terminator--but somehow unlike Ahnuld, it's possible to hear a human heart beating within the steel. [May 2008, p.138]
  6. 40
    The stiff, weirdly disengaged, single-note guitar solos and Kidman’s monochromatic death screams don’t make you want to keep dragging yourself through the record.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 31, 2022
    10
    Lets all take a moment and laugh of ble ders review. How can you be such a bad reviewer? Jesus christ
  2. Jan 18, 2021
    10
    Ferocious, relentless, vicious, and brutal. Meshuggah gets my perfect rating not only for those reasons but also because this album is one ofFerocious, relentless, vicious, and brutal. Meshuggah gets my perfect rating not only for those reasons but also because this album is one of the best I've heard in my life! Expand
  3. SebastianW.
    Mar 31, 2008
    9
    A release that merges every style Meshuggah has touched on throughout their career and merges them into a pared-down summary of what makes A release that merges every style Meshuggah has touched on throughout their career and merges them into a pared-down summary of what makes them so important. Expand
  4. JohnB.
    Mar 19, 2008
    9
    Bone crushing... took me a few listens to really appreciate it. Pravus is the best track... at 52 minutes it's the perfect length.
  5. DrewH.
    Apr 18, 2008
    9
    Blender is right on, but only for the first listen. It takes a lot of patience to get through the album the first time you hear it. But every Blender is right on, but only for the first listen. It takes a lot of patience to get through the album the first time you hear it. But every time after that, it's pretty exhilarating. Expand
  6. Jan 23, 2022
    9
    The symbol of the progressive metal! It contains Bleed, the most famous Meshuggah track!
  7. JoeG.
    Mar 19, 2008
    8
    This album is amazing. It seems Meshuggah has combined the breakneck speed of chaosphere with the heaviness of Nothing. The only factor in This album is amazing. It seems Meshuggah has combined the breakneck speed of chaosphere with the heaviness of Nothing. The only factor in this Album I don't like is Meshuggah don't give up on their ferocious attack throughout the whole album, I would like to breath a little... god damn! Expand

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