Zen and the art of extreme-metal maintenance - Page 2

Meditating on Meshuggah and music that transcends lousy cover art

Their tracks are often more like études, which deal with complex polyrhythms, than a song with anything resembling a verse-chorus-verse form.

It would all be hopelessly nerdy if it wasn't so darn heavy and impossibly well-executed. Perhaps, like the unfortunate dude on the cover, some of the members of Meshuggah have three arms. Listeners might find the band's music tedious and one-dimensional, and indeed, sometimes it is. Then again, there's often a fine line between hypnotic and monotonous. With obZen, Meshuggah are mostly on the right side of that line, even if their visual sensibilities leave much to be desired.


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Tue/1–April 2, 8 p.m., $38.50


1805 Geary, SF

(415) 346-6000


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