I’m really enjoying being a music blogger at the moment – I love the blogging community, making awesome musical discoveries, getting to see bands emerge and do their thing and I always find amusement in watching the industry plays its little games… yes, I’ve been enjoying pretty much everything except actually making blog posts, which kind of invalidates my status as a music blogger.
This I plan to remedy, as I’ve had a lot of posts stored up for some time that are just waiting to be written, and now is a good a time as any to get this blog back on track with some real content.
First up, a gig report. This is going to be mostly photos, as I’m pretty sure my lack of knowledge in the realm of math metal is going to be made evident if I talk to much.
Yep, math metal. A bit of a departure from the usual scope of this blog, but I’ve been enjoying Meshuggah’s ObZen album ever since it came out earlier in the year. It’s a very technical, full-forced, frequently harsh and grating but ultimately very well-crafted album which plays out over its 9 tracks with barely a rest. It’s quite a ride.
The show tonight was much the same – hard hitting, very intense but well executed. I enjoyed it a lot, though the show’s rather brief 60 minutes set time seemed to leave a lot of fans wanting more. I feel the band can be a little overly technical at times, at frequently turn their trademark dissonant polyrhythms into something of a cliché, but that’s what the fans came to see if the gleeful response from the crowd was anything to go by.
The band seemed to enjoy the reception they received. The Roundhouse – barn that it is – looked pretty full.