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Meshuggah, Trigger the Bloodshed - Proving to be on top
It was a pretty long time ago that Meshuggah did a decent club tour in Europe. Around this time previous year a cool package with The Dillinger Escape Plan was scheduled, but was delayed to the period just before the festivals and the short co-headline set didn’t really still our hunger. So for the diehard Meshuggah fans this tour was something really to look forward to.
Support on this tour comes from the young brutal deathmetal band Trigger The Bloodshed. This year these English chaps released a really high quality debut on Metalblade, so Meshuggah wasn’t the only good reason to be in the Melkweg tonight. Unfortunately the sound was way too soft so that the music lost a lot of its power, although they played a tight set with awesome breaks and enough dedication. The absence of the hyperblasts as heard on CD was another letdown so that the show in total was slightly disappointing. Let's give them another chance when they tour with Cryptopsy the coming months.
The setlist of Meshuggah today was nearly identical to the show with Dillinger. Important difference was that today Meshuggah played a real headline-worthy and therefore satisfying set. This was primarily caused by a band and sound that were in great shape, the set was once again not that long and the crowd was left screaming after ‘Future Breed Machine’, which remained unanswered. Other than the show with Dillinger we could actually taste and smell the anger and psychotic vibes coming from Meshuggah. It seemed that all the summerfestival shows recharged their batteries. It is amazing to see how these guys play their complicated music live on stage, without any slips whatsoever. The inventors of truly progressive, polyrhythmic, mindblowing metal proved to be still on top and to be the masters of their self-created genre.