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Meshuggah “Immutable” Album Review

Read our full review of Meshuggah's "Immutable" album.

Immutable

Meshuggah

  • Genre: Metal
  • Release Date: 2022-04-01
  • Explicitness: explicit
  • Track Count: 13
  • ℗ 2022 Atomic Fire

On March 31, Popular band, Meshuggah released their new Metal album “Immutable” to rave reviews. Released via Atomic Fire Records, the album has already gained great feedback in the few days that it has been available to the public. An article by Louder Than War hailed the band for “producing dazzling and experimental metal”.

The Swedish brand has earned quite a reputation for being one of the most progressive metal bands. Their death metal tracks engulf you, and their live performances leave fans wanting more. With the new “Immutable” album, the band delivers what we’d call a show from the first track down to the last one. As expected, the guitar’s thunder and the drums are louder than ever. The album opens in the most intriguing manner, one that most have called “dramatic”. But we must say, they’ve put together one of their most exciting and captivating projects.

Artwork

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Meshuggah has always been creative when it comes to its album cover arts. While their last two album arts were inspired by snakes (or you could say Medusa), the new one seems to take an entirely different route. Simply put, it is inspired by fire and flames.

The artwork features a burning skeleton (more like Scorpion) standing amid burning flames of fire. The dark flames do not engulf him but rather look like they aim all the attention on him. The burning skeleton also holds a knife but not in a reckless manner. The art seems to channel all that the new album is about. That’s “captivating” of course.

Features

Meshuggah is one of those metal bands that can pull off an entire project by themselves. But, as they have done in all their other albums, they also ride solo on this new one. There are no guest features. Instead, they deliver the vocals on the album. Jens Kidman’s whispers almost pierce through your ears as you listen.

Popular Tracks

A few singles preceded the album before it was released. The album’s most famous track, “The Abysmal Eye” was released on January 28. It gave fans a hint of what was coming. Almost two months later, on March 3, the second single, “Light The Shortening Fuse” was released to good reception. The third, “I Am That Thirst” dropped a week before the album’s release.

On the first single, Jens sings “Relentless and inexorable / This menacing creation / That we conceived / With covetous verve and credulity” as the beat blasts and the guitars cut through each sound.

Tracks

NO Title Time
1 Broken Cog 5:35
2 The Abysmal Eye 4:55
3 Light The Shortening Fuse 4:28
4 Phantoms 4:53
5 Ligature Marks 5:13
6 God He Sees In Mirrors 5:28
7 They Move Below 9:35
8 Kaleidoscope 4:07
9 Black Cathedral 2:00
10 I Am That Thirst 4:40
11 The Faultless 4:48
12 Armies Of The Preposterous 5:15
13 Past Tense 5:46

Production & Vocal Delivery

The band handled the vocal delivery and entire production. The band focuses on letting fans enjoy the music, especially on the 9-minute track, “The Move Below”. They go creative with the album’s instrumentals and experiment more than they did on their previous projects. Mårten Hagström and Fredrik Thordendal handle the guitars, Dick Lövgren takes care of the bass, Tomas Haake is a beast on the drums, and as mentioned earlier, Jens Kidman delivers the vocals just like he does best. In our opinion, everything is perfect.

Summary

Meshuggah’s new “Immutable” album seems well thought out. Everything is perfection, from the album’s cover art to the production and vocal delivery. There is no doubt that many publications will include the album in their list of the year’s best projects. While they experimented more on this record, they also achieved an even more exciting sound than they have with any of their previous albums. Coming back with this perfect project proves that they’ve been working hard since their previous one.

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Listeners Reviews

  • By Zidesef
    Listen to the whole album a lot of the songs are a little slow for my taste I still feel obzen and koloss are superior had high hopes for this 1 pitty
  • By Shuggfan
    All 3 singles so far are amazing Can’t wait to hear the entire album
  • By Shadowx011
    Sorry production went way down. I am not an old school Meshuggah fan.
  • By Ropa Sucia
    It is mind boggling how something like this could put me in a trance and make me feel comfortable enough to go to sleep. Amazing
  • By Emunka33
    Sounds like the boys from Umea are back with a vengeance. I needed to hear their Djenty goodness.
  • By Slum33
    Almost 8 years. I’m looking forward to this.
  • By Notmynickname.
    This sounds like a perfect blend of their older material and newer stuff. Production quality matches the previous album (if not better).
  • By Ali Hoseiini
    missed the screams 🤲🏻
  • By L5u923666
    Brutal like always. Can’t wait for full release.
  • By Jotdot2012
    Been anticipating this release for a very long time. This first track sounds killer and am sure the rest won’t disappoint. Meshuggah is on a very different level than any other band out there.

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