MESHUGGAH AT THE NOVO BY TALIA FABER!


Meshuggah at the Novo (formerly known as Club Nokia) in Los Angeles on October 19th were nothing short of heavy as balls. The guys are touring in promotion of their new album that just released on October 7th called The Violent Sleep Of Reason via Nuclear Blast Records. When you see Meshuggah play they don’t ever have a short set, each song of theirs is pretty lengthy. Meshuggah is well known for their guitar style, which is now a popular trend in metal called “djent”. These guys basically started that whole style and are considered gods of metal. They don’t come to America very often as they are a Swedish band, so whenever they come it’s definitely a treat. A Meshuggah show is the greatest place to network with people, they’re all musicians. I ran into Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless), Justin McKinney (The Faceless/The Zenith Passage), Javier Reyes (Animals as Leaders), Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), and I’m sure there were plenty other cool people there. Everyone loves Meshuggah!




Meshuggah came out on stage playing Clockworks off their latest release definitely a great starter. At a Meshuggah concert they don’t jump around on stage, they’re so focused on their musical performance rather than activity which is highly respectable, so they have this excellent lighting tech who matches the lights with each riff of every song. Their light shows are crazy blinding, I felt like I needed some sunglasses. It’s crazy to see how many people this band influences since the show was sold out. The crowd consists mostly of a bunch of dudes, and a few girls so it was definitely a sausage party. Every guy was power their fists up in the air and bobbing their heads, it was kind of funny to watch. The crowd was definitely getting super crazy during  “Stengah”, “Do Not Look Down”, and “Bleed” came on. The mosh pits that night were crazy, definitely ones to stay out of. Meshuggah definitely knows how to rile up a crowd and play one hell of a show.


Setlist:
1. Clockworks
2. Born in Dissonance 
3. Sane
4. Perpetual Black Second
5. Stengah
6. The Hurt that Finds You First
7. Lethargica
8. Do Not Look Down
9. Nostrum
10. Violent Sleep of Reason
11. Dancers of Discordant System
12. Bleed
Encore:
13. Demiurge
14. Future Breed Machine

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