I've had Meshuggah on the brain for months now waiting for their new album, due next week. They've released a couple singles so far, and I'm loving everything I hear.
The thing that sets this album apart from their more recent ones (from, say, the last 20 years) is that they recorded it together live in the studio. They actually got together, learned all the songs, and then simply performed them together as a band during the recording process; as opposed to having individual members record their parts alone in a home studio or two, and then pasting everything together digitally later on. That fact, coupled with a scaling-back of studio distortion and magic, has helped the band deliver a very raw sounding album when looked at in terms of their later work. And this shit works for me.
Anyway, I'm hyped. Here's the two tracks they've released in full so far. I doubt we'll get anything else before next Friday. Of the two, I think Nostrum is the catchiest right off simply because of a riff that picks up right about the 00:38 second mark that reminds me of MechaGodzilla melting the landscape or something (while Born in Dissonance has got the pounding hellscape of god drums on its side). But both have got so much going for them, especially on repeated listens.
Both songs clock in a full two minutes shorter than almost everything else on the album, which makes me excited to hear what they'll do with the songs that have more room to breathe.