Posts Tagged ‘ObZen’

Holy shit. The opening riff to the title track of Meshuggah’s staggeringly heavy 2008 album ObZen has got to be one of the heaviest things they’ve ever written. It’s a riff I can NEVER get bored of, and I don’t know how many times I’ve heard it. This is what every djent band is trying to create, and yet no one comes close.

Its about as close as Meshuggah generally come to what could be called a proper headbanger’s riff. The time signature is almost standard, and that great, almost mechanized guitar tone is beefed with some serious bass. It’s a neck wrecker. I saw Meshuggah live in Glasgow and this riff was really the only moment when you didn’t have drunken metalheads headbanging completely out of sync. Well, actually they still were but it was close. Meshuggah have many epic riffs I could sling into this post, but ‘ObZen’ will always be my favourite. Put it on and attempt to keep your spinal column in one piece. Brutal.