Meshuggah Men

Nov. 26, 2015


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Omega Diatribe is a groove metal band out of Hungary. If you like you some Meshuggah, get in here. Abstract Ritual is absolutely soaked in the marks of that classic take on djent that has long since been watered down and appropriated by other genres. The band also would like you to know that the album features death metal drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Suffocation, etc.) on session drums. When paired with the downtuned guitars, it's a recipe for destruction.

To sum up the sound most simply, consider this to feel like a companion piece to 2002's classic Nothing. It has that bleak, desolate production, mathy-yet-simplistic riffs, syncopated vocal howls, and deceptively complex drum patterns. The pacing is purposefully slow, but filled with all sorts of low-end hookiness to bob your head (or full body if you prefer) to. Songs differentiate enough while remaining consistent, though "The Quantum" is a cool, spacy break in the action. There's also a trippy electronified remix at the end of the album that works surprisingly well.

I don't have a ton else more to say about this one other than to listen to it. It's not particularly original, but it is well-played, well produced, and well constructed. Abstract Ritual is plenty of fun and shows promise for a young group that I hope to hear more from in the future. I'd actually be interested in hearing them experiment with idea of making the electronic fusions more of a regular thing. Anything to help them grow from student to master and differentiate themselves from the pack. Check it out below and buy for just $6.