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Review & Photos: Meshuggah, Converge, Torche


SEPTEMBER 25, 2022



By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications

  Various styles of metal dove into the ears of heavy music fans that have anxiously awaited this tour’s rescheduled date, and the lineup’s sets made the wait worthwhile last night.

   Iconic, legendary Swedish djent metal headliners Meshuggah delivered a powerful set full of classics—including “Straws Pulled At Random,” “In Death-Is Death,” “Pravus”—and newer tracks from their most recent release Immutable: “The Abysmal Eye,” “Ligature Marks,” “Broken Cog."

   The stage was lit with steady rows of flashing lights and light fog was released throughout the set as the bearded band combined sophisticated layers of heavy metal, thrash, and elements of progressive rock. 

   An astounding live performance with abrupt, yet smooth technical transitions—a style in which you can pick out one layer and get lost in it while the other layers sonically blend perfectly in the background; on the heavier side, bands like Between The Buried And Me and Gojira, on the lighter side bands like King Crimson and Yes. Brutal.

   East coast hardcore metal pioneers Converge gave an energetic performance with no slowing down for erratic Jacob Bannon’s uncontainable vocals. The band’s impeccable calculator-breaking speedy tempo changes never ceased. Fierce.

   Sludge-doom metal band Torche didn’t disappoint with their dark, thick bass riffs and deep, gritty tunings that vibrated the walls. The Florida band recently announced that after 18 years, this will be their final tour. Crunchy.