For Those About Squawk: Waldo Pecks on Meshuggah, the Hellacopters and Satan

There’s a lot going on right now, so hopefully me pecking over some new releases will ease the pain. Remember, I’m not an elitist, you just have bad taste.

The djentlemen of Meshuggah have been busy because April 1 sees the release of Immutable. Coming in at 66 minutes—oof—this release really begs the listener to revisit passages they’re already familiar with. That’s not to say that there aren’t stand outs, but mostly this is a groovy, lower BPM (for them) affair, and that works in this case. The length of the songs can sometimes be a drudge, and the band asks that the listener consume the whole thing as one piece instead of piecemeal. Certainly though, this is a gnarly record. I mean it’s heavy no doubt and the hooks really grab you. This isn’t their masterpiece, but a solid, effort by the djents (I know, I already made that joke.) 8 Fucking Pecks!

Hella yeah! The Hellacopters are back! Love these guys! Eyes of Oblivion is, well, a Hellacopters record. Their first studio album of original material in 17(!) years has more soulful, old R&B vibes but the rock can’t be stopped! Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Death Breath) fronts this band for those who don’t know, and he’s still rocking as hard as he did years ago. Not metal—hell, not even hard rock—but THIS IS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL! 9 Fucking Pecks!

Old—VERY old—NWOBHM band Satan are back with Infernal Earth. THIS is what reunion bands should do, this isn’t some overprocessed piece of bird shit, this is a natural sound record! BUT how does it SOUND, Waldo?! It’s cool, this band hasn’t lost a step. Got your typical stuff here: proto speed metal with a ballad thrown in. A solid heavy metal record from when the words “Heavy Metal” meant something much clearer. 8 Fucking Pecks!

Waldo out!