May 07

Meshuggah – Marquee Theater, May 3, 2012



Traveling the US in support of their latest monolithic record, Meshuggah barged into the Marquee Theater on May 3rd, 2012, with tour mates Baroness and Decapitated. If you are a fan of Meshuggah, but have never seen them live, you may sometimes ponder whether or not their music is somehow aided by in-studio wizardry. For those of us fortunate enough to have witnessed them on stage, we can unequivocally testify that every member of the band is an undeniable badass. This night was no different.

Kicking off their set with the boulder-like “Demiurge,” Meshuggah pummeled the crowd with a wide array of weaponry from the arsenal they have built up over their 25 years of existence. Throughout their 90-minute set, the band ensured that fans, new and old, would not be disappointed. There were several songs off the new album that were showcased, including “Do Not Look Down,” “The Hurt That Finds You First,” and the aforementioned “Demiurge.” One awesome surprise was hearing “Mind’s Mirror” and “In Death – Is Life/In Death – Is Death” pretty much in its entirety. Naturally, fans were also treated to mainstays such as “New Millennium Cyanide Christ,” “Bleed,” and “Rational Gaze.” After giving the crowd a few moments to gather their collective brain matter off the floor, Meshuggah finished off the night with “Future Breed Machine” and “Dancers To A Discordant System.”

Listening to Meshuggah studio recordings can be an eye-opening experience, but seeing them do it live elevates the whole experience to another plane. Not to single out individual performances, as the band as a unit sounded unbelievable, but Tomas Haake was absolutely commanding and tight behind the kit, while listening to Fredrik Thordendal forge some brilliant solos was mind-blowing and required no mind-altering assistance. Meshuggah really is one of the most brilliant bands today. Their sound can literally change the way you view music and watching them pull it off in a live setting is nothing short of incredible.

Obsidian (band intro)
Glints Collide
Do Not Look Down
The Hurt That Finds You First
Mind’s Mirrors (intermission)
In Death – Is Life
In Death – Is Death
New Millennium Cyanide Christ
I Am Colossus
Rational Gaze

Future Breed Machine
Dancers to a Discordant System

*please let me know if anything is missing from the list

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