Hot Damn.

I’ve talked about Meshuggah once or twice here, and it’s pretty safe to say that I’m a fan. Their sound is abrasive – scratch that – caustic to most ears, but I love it. There’s so much musical skill in that band that’s its not even funny. They’ve laid siege to my last.fm profile over the past few months, and for good reason. They rule.

So does this kid. Apparently the band held some sort of competition to see who could play one of their new songs (“Bleed”) the best on drums, and this 14 year old kid won.

I’ve been playing guitar for more than 2/3 of this kid’s life, and I’ve achieved nowhere near the mastery this kid displays. Congrats Zach Schiermann, you rule.

Addendum: For whatever reason, I feel like making mention of this. For the song “Rational Gaze,” which is one of my favorite ‘of the moment’ songs, Meshuggah plays on 8 string gutars, tuned to F. Yes, F. One half-step short of a full octave below a normal guitar tuning. Each guitarist is practically playing a bass. Insanity. Delicious auditory insanity.

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