Sisthema - _The Fourth Discontinuity_
(Noise, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (5 out of 10)
While I am down with the Meshuggah-inspired grooves of Italian act Sisthema, everything from the metallic crunch of the guitars and the vocal pattern of singer Massimo Pirazzoli (who is copying Meshuggah singer Jens Kidman big time!), I have to say that it gets pretty tiring after a while. Not the Meshuggah worshipping -- I don't mind that, really -- I mean the lack of diversity to their sound. They hit one groove pattern and it sticks throughout the disc. And when it isn't Meshuggah they are carving ideas from, it is _Chaos A.D._-era Sepultura they hit up for inspiration. Even though songs like "Distorthica" and "When Everything Turns to None" are quite memorable, it is sad to hear Sisthema trying to play futuristic-style metal when they can't help but dip deep into the past to mold their music. Good for what it is, but only worth buying if all the Meshuggah records are sold out at your local store.

(article published 13/5/2001)

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