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Our take

by Angus

The word "obZen" is a portmanteau of sorts, it refers to mankind finding its ‘zen’ in the obscure and obscene. If that concept sounds a little bit overwrought and difficult to digest then it’s possible that Meshuggah aren’t the band for you.

obZen is the sixth studio album from the Swedish extreme/progressive metal titans. The album features fan favourite ‘Dancers To A Discordant System’ and lead single ‘Bleed’ – a chugging buzzsaw of double–kick prodigiousness, and some of Meshuggah’s most focussed work. It’s an essential album for any Meshuggah fan, as well as anyone with even a passing interest in the metal genre.

The vitals

A small preview from Spotify

Released: 2008
Genre: Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast

Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM


1. "Combustion" (4:08)
2. "Electric Red" (5:51)
3. "Bleed" (7:22)
4. "Lethargica" (5:47)
5. "obZen" (4:24)
6. "This Spiteful Snake" (4:52)
7. "Pineal Gland Optics" (5:12)
8. "Pravus" (5:10)
9. "Dancers To A Discordant System" (9:36)

Spice up your sound

Suits the common OM series cartridge. Get this guy if your old one has worn down after several hundred hours of play (or is busted).

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We've bundled a Pro-Ject Clean It and Brush It - the minimum bits we recommend to keep your vinyl and stylus dust-free.

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A deep-cleaning system for those who have big collections and second hand vinyl. No serious collector is without something like this.

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Reading material

by Angus

We take a look at the different ways to do the important work of keeping your records and stylus clean.

by Angus

Since many of our visitors are at the beginning of their vinyl voyage, we thought it'd be helpful to have a starter's compass.

by the team

Instant Classic is Australia's new way to buy records + the equipment to listen to them on.