Riot Act Reviews

Meshuggah – Immutable

Welcome to another Riot Act Reviews, where Steve and Remfry look at one of the top new releases from the alternative music world. On this episode we are going to be speaking about Immutable, the brand new album from Swedish tech-metal pioneers Meshuggah.

Meshuggah are one of the most important bands in modern metal, pioneering a sound that has been ripped off and copied by all manner of chancers in the djent scene over the years, but the last couple of releases the band have put out, 2012’s Koloss and 2016’s The Violent Sleep of Reason, maybe didn’t hit the same heights as their classic material. It’s hard to know what exactly you should want or expect from a new Meshuggah album here in 2022, they’ve done so much to further the genre, but they have planted their sonic flag in the ground so deep that what they do is pretty rigid at this point. Can it ever inspire the same level of jaw-dropping that they did when they rewrote the rule book? Do they need to reinvent the wheel? Where does Immutable sit within their stellar back catalogue? We’ll answer all of these questions, and more, here.

Classic Albums

CA24 Meshuggah – obZen

Once again Steve and Remfry brave the finest recesses of their record collection to bring you another classic album series podcast. 

It’s a slightly different one this week, as we look back on the career of one of modern metal’s most confusing, inspiring, unusual, inventive and influential bands; the Swedish tech metal machine known as Meshuggah. We focus on their 2008 6th album obZen, their finest moment and commercial breakthrough, but it gives us a chance to look at just exactly what it is that has made Meshuggah such a revered musical entity.

From their earliest incarnation, the influence of nascent death metal and jazz drummer Dave Weck on their work were the key ingredients that enabled the Swedes to take huge strides as their career progressed, both as musicians and as a group that have experimented so routinely with the idea of what heavy music can be. We carry on all the way through to the painstaking recording sessions and the release of the album to assess how Meshuggah reconstructed the fabric and ideas of what metal was and how it opened the floodgates to popularise the entire djent and tech-metal scene, a scene that still continue to chase obZen’s tail to this very day.

‘Bleed’ by Meshuggah Explained Part 1

‘Bleed’ by Meshuggah Explained Part 2

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56 – Anything Gaze (The ArcTanGent Review Special)

We’ve (Remfry) has been banging on about it all bloody year and finally ArcTanGent 2019 is upon us! And we’ve brought along a couple of guests in the form of Brady ‘C**t’ Deeprose and Dan Nightingale, who are (selfishly) in two bands; C**jurer and Curse These Metal Hands. 38 bands are reviewed including Nordic Giants, Møl, Raketkanon, Pijn, Coheed and Cambria, Car Bomb, Carpenter Brut, The Beft, Sleep Token, LLNN, Palm Reader, Three Trapped Tigers, Bossk, We Never Learned To Live, And So I Watch You From Afar, Caspian, Cult of Luna, Brutus, Black Peaks feat. Jamie Lenman, The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, Frontierer and Meshuggah

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08 – Sexy Lizard Taylor Swift

It’s an album review bonanza this week on Riot Act, as Stephen and Remfry sit down to cast their critical eye across a string of great albums including Thrice, Therapy? Vennart, Emma Ruth Rundle, The Dirty Nil… oh yeah, and Paul Weller. Remfry also went to see Puppy and Ghost live and gives a view to the latter that differs (somewhat) from the universal praise and acclaim that’s been lavished upon it.

In festival news, we discuss Sleep’s decision to snub Coachella in favour of Roadburn, plus there’s headliner news in the form of Meshuggah playing ArcTanGent (yaaaay!) and Sabaton playing Bloodstock (errrrr … tanks!?). Plus apropos of hardly anything, Steve refers to Taylor Swift as a ‘sexy lizard’.

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00 – The Venn Diagram of Riot Act Music

Welcome to Riot Act. A brand new podcast for fans of alternative music hosted by Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman. In this four hour plus opening episode we go through numerous sub-genres, from prog rock to hardcore punk and everything in-between, to compile the ultimate guide to alternative music.

If you love passionate, in depth music chat, bizarre sperm metaphors, and podcasts being interrupted by cats then this might just be your new favourite thing on the internet!