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Concert Photo Recap: Meshuggah, Cynic, and The Faceless @ Station 4

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, February 16, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Meshuggah live at Station 4

Wow! I don’t think I should be allowed to review this one beyond that one word, seeing as how all these bands place among my favorite active music groups (uh yeah, if you didn’t realize yet, I’ve got a very soft spot in my heart for progressive metal). Years of anticipation for both Meshuggah and Cynic to play again in Minnesota were met with great rewards on Friday, February 13th at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN, with both bands dishing out equal servings of old and new mind-boggling progressive metal. Though nearly half the age of the members of the other bands, The Faceless were right at home on the bill and seemed to turn quite a few heads.

It’s always very difficult getting any good photos at Station 4 when you don’t line up a photo pass. When Station 4 is packed with a metal hungry sold out crowd that is switched on into tornado-mode, thrashing to Meshuggah, it becomes nearly impossible. I did my best, and surprisingly got quite a few keepers. Here are the photos from the Meshuggah, Cynic, and The Faceless show at Station 4:

Meshuggah live at Station 4(Meshuggah)

Meshuggah live at Station 4(Meshuggah)

Cynic live at Station 4(Cynic)

Cynic live at Station 4(Cynic)

The Faceless live at Station 4(The Faceless)

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Mind Inversion’s Sound Immersion 02/09 (Vol. 1)

Posted in Mind Inversion Exclusive, Sound Immersion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 by Ryan Buege


The time has finally come for us at Mind Inversion to come together to release our very first of what promises to be a very long line of monthly playlists to rock your body and soothe your weary eardrums. After some friendly prodding from our trusted pals over at PerfSpot (wink), each of our current contributors crept out from the shadows to put in their two cents about what they’re listening to this month. As any consistent reader of our site might hope, this sampler presents you with the kind of unbelievable variety that I don’t think you can find anywhere else. When listening, keep this in mind.

It is also important to remember that most of the people contributing to this list have been stranded in the subzero temperatures of Minnesota for more than a few weeks. Clearly, there is an heavy air of reflection throughout this simultaneously uplifting and introspective wintery mix. Meanwhile, a couple of our contributors are transplanted out West right now, displaced from their familiar Midwestern surroundings; Eddie for school, and Dan on an extended journey of self discovery. Dan’s camera captured the magnificent image you see as the album cover above during his ongoing trip through California and Oregon.

Without further ado, here is the tracklist for Mind Inversion’s February 2009 Sound Immersion playlist:

01. Solid Gold – “Get Over It” (contributed by Ryan)
02. P.O.S. – “Goodbye” (contributed by Tim)
03. The Broken West – “Perfect Games” (contributed by Nick B.)
04. Enslaved – “To the Coast” (contributed by Ryan)
05. DM Stith – “Just Once” (contributed by Erik)
06. The Decemberists – “The Legionnaire’s Lament” (contributed by Nick H.)
07. Soul Position – “Priceless” (contributed by Dan)
08. Kaz James – “Breathe (Nick Galea Remix)” (contributed by Nick B.)
09. Lamb of God – “In Your Words” (contributed by Ryan)
10. Lookbook – “Believe the Hype” (contributed by Ryan)
11. Fieldtriqp – “Inflight” (contributed by Eddie)
12. Craig Armstrong – “Weather Storm” (contributed by Nick H.)
13. Blacklisted – “Canonized” (contributed by Ryan)
14. Samon Kawamura – “Right Here (feat. Oh No)” (contributed by Tim)
15. Watussi – “Purple Moon” (contributed by Erik)
16. Grails – “Acid Rain” (contributed by Dan)
17. Cynic – “Adam’s Murmur” (contributed by Dan)
18. Nine Inch Nails – “The Four of Us are Dying” (contributed by Eddie)
19. Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker – “The Takeoff (Getting It)” (contributed by Tim)
20. Boards of Canada – “Dayvan Cowboy” (contributed by Nick B.)

You’re almost there! Click “Read More” for the exclusive download link of our first playlist, Sound Immersion 02/09 (Vol. 1)!

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Meshuggah plan to release live concert DVD; BUT they’ll be in MN next week

Posted in Concert Dates with tags , , on Thursday, February 5, 2009 by Ryan Buege

In an interview with the Hornet this week, Meshuggah drummer and group leader Tomas Haake revealed that the band was finishing putting together a live DVD for possible release later this Spring. While that’s all fine and dandy, the main thing I want to emphasize with this post is that Meshuggah is playing what promises to be an unbelievable show with other progressive death metal elite Cynic and The Faceless only a few days from now in St. Paul at Station 4. Really, when they’re playing LIVE down the street in two weeks, why should I even concern my self with this lesser DVD business right now?.. Come one, come all! Get out to the fucking show:

Feb. 13 – MESHUGGAH, CYNIC, THE FACELESS live @ Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

Meshuggah and Cynic team up for 2009 tour

Posted in Concert Dates with tags , , on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by Ryan Buege

Progressive death metal masters Meshuggah, Cynic, and The Faceless have announced that they’ll be collaborating on what is sure to be the best metal tour of early 2009!

Seriously, WHOA! That is one of the most impressive metal touring packages I’ve seen in a hell of a long time, and anyone who’s familiar with these bands know that we’ll be able to expect and amazing show. To begin with, all three bands have just released some of the best albums of their career. Not only is this is Meshuggah’s first U.S. tour in support of frighteningly chaotic obZen,  but Cynic will be supporting their career-reigniting mindtrip Trace in Air and the Faceless will be starting the show off with songs from their incredible new tech death release Planetary Duality. To say that the crowd will be excited will be an huge understatement. Meshuggah have some of the most passionate fans in all of metal, and it’s been a long time since they set out on a real headlining tour in America. Even, Cynic is a landmark in the genre that will have many longtime metal fans giddy. Thank Lucifer a metro Minnesota date is on the itinerary! We’re going to tear Station 4 apart!

Feb. 01 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 02 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Feb. 03 – House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 04 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Feb. 06 – El Corazón – Seattle, WA
Feb. 07 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Feb. 08 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
Feb. 09 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
Feb. 11 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
Feb. 13 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
Feb. 15 – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
Feb. 17 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
Feb. 18 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC
Feb. 20 – Recher Theatre – Towson, MD

ps. A few more dates are still forthcoming!