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Fourtheye Readers Top 10 albums of 2016

The votes have been counted for the Fourtheye Readers Top 10 albums of 2016, and without further ado I present you the list!

1. Deftones – Gore

The Deftones are a firm favorite with Tool fans and typically perform very well in Fourtheye polls.  This time around they have claimed the number 1 spot with the excellent Gore.  Probably one of their more mellow releases, this album gives us a diverse range of sounds from these nu-metal stalwarts.

2. Gojira – Magma

Interesting to see French Metal band Gojira at number 2.  Speaking anecdotally with fans suggested this album was a little disappointing, though it appears to have made the top 10 list of many readers none the less – a testament to their increasing popularity, or possibly a sign that 2016 was a weak one for records?

3 Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Meshuggah are another favorite of Tool fans and it’s no real surprise to see them in this years top 10.  In fact I think The Violent Sleep of Reason is one of their best since Nothing.

4 Russian Circles – Guidance

Instrumental Rock is pretty popular with Tool fans, and former touring buddies Russian Circles are at the top of their game.  While I didn’t think Guidance was quite up to the standard of Memorial, it was still a very solid and atmospheric record.

5. Opeth – Sorceress

Swedish Prog Rock outfit Opeth have put out another 70s themed album along the lines of their last one, and it seems to be pretty well received by Fourtheye readers.  I guess the lack of death growls isn’t a big deal after all?

6. David Bowie – Blackstar

Released days before David Bowie passed away, his strong musical legacy was left intact by a powerful final album.

7. The Swans – The Glowing Man

I can’t say I was a fan of this album, but the Swans remain and popular choice among Fourtheye readers.

8. Cult of Luna & Julia Christmas – Mariner

I actually haven’t listened to this album yet, so it was a bit of a surprise to me that it made the top 10.  I like Cult of Luna so really should have a listen, especially since many of you hold it in high esteem!

9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

The highly anticipated new album from Radiohead came out early in 2016, and seemed to get some mixed reviews.  Despite that, it easily made the top 10 which shows how much Tool fans enjoy their music.

10. Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

Dillinger Escape Plan announced their latest album Dissociation earlier this year, and also announced that the band would be calling it quits (though some think it might be a hiatus).

So there we have it – maybe not a whole load of surprises in that top 10, but they are a range of excellent albums.  Stay tuned as over the next couple of days I’ll post my top 10!

 

Meshuggah Live DVD, Pigmy Love Circus

According to a recent post on Blabbermouth, Meshuggah will be releasing a live DVD later on this year, and will also be recording an album for release in 2010.

Danny’s other band, Pigmy Love Circus are playing a gig tonight with bands Sturgeon, Sextapes and Hectors Revenge at the Key Club in Hollywood.  Sounds like fun if you can make it!

Meshuggah North America Tour with Cynic

Tool touring mates Meshuggah have announced they’ll be touring North America in early 2009, with the following dates announced already:

Feb. 01 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 02 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Feb. 06 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Feb. 07 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Feb. 08 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
Feb. 15 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Feb. 17 – The Phoenix – Toronto, ONT
Feb. 20 – Recher Theatre – Towson, MD

No doubt there are more to come.  Supporting them will be the recently re-united Cynic.

Meshuggah

Lined up for 20 minutes to get in via metal detector.  Opening band Alchemist were ok.  HQ is a pretty good venue for live bands, everytime I’ve been there the sound has been excellent and the layout of the venue makes you feel quite close to the band.

I though the size of the crowd last night was a little small.  Those that were there seemed pretty into the show though.

Seems as though Meshuggah use all rack gear straight into the PA live.  No amps to be seen.  Who says you need big valve amps to sound good.

Drumming sounded pretty good.  The position I had on the barricade at the front was great, but I couldn’t see much of the drumming cause the guitarist was directly in front.  Not that i’m complaining.

Setlist was good, they played all the songs I hoped to hear (except maybe I).  The set was perhaps a little short though.  1 hour and 15 minutes is possibly not quite long enough for a headline act.

Came extremely close to catching a drum stick.  Better luck next time I guess.

Overall, a great show!  Check them out this tour if you haven’t already!


Hope they tour again soon!

Meshuggah: Extreme Metal Riff Lesson

I found a cool Meshuggah video this morning, where the Fredrik and Marten show off their guitars, talk about their songwriting and play some riffs. Great stuff if you’re into the band and guitar playing. Check it out at Metal Kult.

NZ Fans get Meshuggah

Some of our comrades from across the Tasman will be happy to hear that Meshuggah are playing in Auckland on the 10th of October. Of course this probably sucks for all the cool people on the South Island, but it’s better than nothing I suppose. Blabbermouth has all the details!

Finally, Meshuggah….

According to fasterlouder.com.au, Meshuggah will finally tour Australia for the first time in October. They’ll be playing dates in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide (yes!), Melbourne and Perth. Tickets go on sale on the 23rd of May.

Dates:

  • 12th Oct Arena Brisbane 18+
  • 13th Oct Roundhouse Sydney All Ages
  • 14th Oct HQ Adelaide 18+
  • 15th Oct Palace Theatre (formerly Metro) Melbourne 18+
  • 16th Oct Capitol Perth 18+

Meshuggah, Trans-Am

There’s an interesting video interview with a couple of the guys from Meshuggah on Blabbermouth.net for those of you who want to know more about obZen and their recording style.  Worth checking out if you’re a fan.

Blair posted some Australian and New Zealand tour dates for recent Tool touring partners Trans-Am on Toolband/Army.  As usual they skip Adelaide.  For some reason they’re playing in Levin, NZ though!  I’m not a huge fan of them personally, but I’m sure there’s some of you who are!

  • Feb 1 Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ
  • Feb 2 San Francisco Bath House – Wellington, NZ
  • Feb 5 Camp A Low Hum – Levin, NZ
  • Feb 7 Oxford Art Factory – Sydney, AUS
  • Feb 8 Gallery of Modern Art – Brisbane, AUS
  • Feb 9 East Brunswick Club – Melbourne, AUS
  • Feb 10 The Espy, St Kilda Festival – Melbourne, AUS

obZen

According to Blabbermouth, Meshuggah have finished recording their new CD, and it will be called obZen.  According to drummer Tomas Haake:

“We’ve finished the recording a couple weeks back! It sounds really good and we’re super-excited about the new stuff!”

I guess it would be a bit strange if he wasn’t super excited.  Hopefully Meshuggah will join Tool on the road again one day, preferably Down Under.

Meshuggah tour with Dillenger Escape Plan

Rogue from Toolarmy tells me that Meshuggah have announced a series of European Tour dates with US band Dillenger Escape Plan.

  • November 03, 2007 – Portsmouth / UK – Pyramid Centre
  • November 04, 2007 – Sheffield / UK – Corporation
  • November 05, 2007 – Birmingham / UK – Academy 2
  • November 06, 2007 – Manchester / UK – Academy 2
  • November 07, 2007 – Glasgow / UK – Garage
  • November 08, 2007 – Newcastle / UK – Academy 2
  • November 09, 2007 – Bristol / UK – Academy
  • November 10, 2007 – London / UK – Astoria
  • November 12, 2007 – Eindhoven / Netherlands – Efenaar
  • November 13, 2007 – Essen / Germany – Zeche Carl
  • November 14, 2007 – Amsterdam / Netherlands – Melkweg
  • November 15, 2007 – Erfurt / Germany – Centrum
  • November 16, 2007 – Prague / Czech Republic – Roxy
  • November 18, 2007 – Berlin / Germany – Kato
  • November 19, 2007 – Hamburg / Germany – Markthalle
  • November 21, 2007 – Vienna / Austria – Arena
  • November 22, 2007 – Munich / Germany – New Backstage
  • November 23, 2007 – Fribourg / France – Fri-Son
  • November 24, 2007 – Milan / Italy – Rolling Stone
  • November 25, 2007 – Strasbourg / France – La Laiterie
  • November 27, 2007 – Paris / France – Elysée Montmatre
  • November 28, 2007 – Antverp / Belgium – Hof Ter Lo
  • November 29, 2007 – Esch-Sur-Alzette / Luxembourg – Kulturfabrik

Maybe once they’ve finished doing that they should come down to Australia with Tool.

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