Possibly the greatest cover of all time has been released and we have to let everyone in on it. This time, it’s not your pop-centric cover of a rock song, no. This is progressive metal.
Few bands have left an indelible mark quite like Tool. Their masterpiece, “Schism,” is a classic in the genre, known for its complex rhythms, haunting melodies, and enigmatic lyrics. Yet, in the hands of the enigmatic Otu, under his Moonic Productions moniker, this iconic track has undergone a radical transformation, embracing the rhythmic brutality of Meshuggah.
Otu is no stranger to pushing musical boundaries. With an uncanny ability to capture the essence of diverse styles, he has gained a reputation for his meticulous attention to detail. Meshuggah, a Swedish avant-garde metal band, is renowned for its polyrhythmic structures and mechanical precision. To even attempt to reimagine Tool’s “Schism” in the style of Meshuggah is an audacious endeavor, and yet Otu has managed to pull off the seemingly impossible.
What makes Otu’s cover stand out is not just the faithful replication of Meshuggah’s signature sound but the fearless approach he took to reinterpret such a specific and intricate piece. As reported by UG – Armed with a bass guitar, electronic drums, and an unyielding determination, Otu delves into the labyrinthine depths of “Schism” and emerges with a rendition that is undeniably Meshuggah-ish.
The pulsating electronic drums, reminiscent of Meshuggah’s industrial precision, provide a relentless foundation that drives the cover forward. Otu’s mastery of the bass guitar is evident as he navigates the intricate time signatures with the same finesse as the original, while injecting a newfound intensity. The vocals, delivered with a raw, primal energy, capture the essence of Meshuggah’s visceral style.
The pièce de résistance of Otu’s reimagining is the wild guitar solo that sits atop the Meshuggah-inspired foundation. It’s a departure from the atmospheric solos of Tool, injecting a surge of chaotic energy into the composition. The solo is a testament to Otu’s ability to seamlessly blend the established with the experimental, creating a sonic experience that transcends the boundaries of both bands.
Listeners are invited to experience Otu’s Meshuggah-ized rendition of “Schism” through the link below. It’s a bold exploration that pays homage to Tool’s classic while embracing the sonic extremities of Meshuggah. Otu’s musical alchemy has birthed a creation that stands as a testament to the ever-evolving nature of progressive metal.