The Pitch: Two New York bands called Neck and Spooge join forces over a decade ago to channel a new take on Faith No More, Frank Zappa, Mr. Bungle, Meshuggah, Ion Dissonance, and other varied influences.
What I Like: Good golly, miss Molly. I do declare that Meta is the long division of math metal. Some of the distortion choices on this album have a nice little twist to them that helped the djentiness stand out from the genre. Someone tried to argue that this is more Dillinger Escape Plan than Meshuggah, but it's a bit of a toss-up depending on the song. It's like those magnificent Swedes collided with Torrential Downpour with maybe a little Mike Patton vocal weirdness thrown in to boot. This is the perfect midpoint between mathcore and technical death metal. You should partake.
What I Don't Like: Not every track is a slam dunk, and I kind of wish there were fewer songs period to make this a perfectly tightend fist. It started to drag a bit for me.
The Verdict: Thanks to all the people who kept telling me to listen to this album. I could have missed it. Fortunately fate had other things in mind and I have yet one more incredible technical album to break myself to.
Flight's Fav's: "From the Dust of This Planet," "Secrets Within," "Black Blood"