Quicksilver Meat Dream
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Still, something compelled me to listen to it again. When I did, I noticed that IME really IS somewhere inside those tunes (maybe even all over them), and that, just as in albums past, repeated listenings made the songs catch on with me. The instrumentation and song craft blew my mind, and the vocals were always phenomenal, maybe the best on ANY IME record. This record is amazing! These songs are now firmly planted in my brain, and I wonder how I could've dismissed them in the first place. They have depth and feeling. They make a cohesive collection in which skipping tracks is not only unnecessary, but is cheating you as a listener. Maybe best of all, they rock in a way that should silence everyone who said IME "wussed out" with their last album. In short, these songs could make this the most underrated major-label album of the year. Buy it and see why.
"The Quicksilver Meat Dream is the fourth album by the Canadian alternative rock band I Mother Earth, released by Universal on April 8, 2003. It is allegedly a concept album, though the details on the concept are left to the fans. The album retained the instrumental jams and cryptic lyrics of prior albums, but largely strayed from the band's psychedelic past. Instead, it offered a dark modern metal sound with industrial elements, and at times the band's greatest emphasis on progressive rock to date."
The band seems to have taken a Tool/Pink Floyd approach to the music on the album with great results. Such diversity in the subject matter(lyrics) as well as the songs themselves. The band seems so much more evolved, more progressive and definitely heavier. The songs gradually draw you in then explode in the middle with such force that you tend to catch your breath unknowingly. Once throttled, the music and bombastic arrangements won't let loose its grip on your consciousness.
Solid, well-written lyrics, backed by a great voice, soulful expressive melodies, rampaging guitars,a masterpiece of effects. This is headphone music to the highest power. Crank it up, doob, and sink slowly into your comfy chair.
Jagori Tanna...guitars, backing vocals
This is their best since "Dig" their debut. Edwin is gone but Brian fills the shoes perfectly. A very underappreciated album. A must have for all serious progressive metal followers.
Having said that, each song has its own nuances that keep the album moving.
The problem with many cohesive, conept-type albums out there is that none of the songs can stand on their own. Such is not the case with QMD.
This is indeed a darker, heavier I Mother Earth album than previous efforts, but the clever melodies and instrumentation that separate the band from others of the same genre are still prevelant. The driving, almost optimistic riffs are there, especially in the climax of Meat Dreams, an eight-minute track.
For me, this album is not quite as enjoyable as Blue Green Orange, but is easily as atmospheric, if not more so.
Whirring, electronic percussion and sequencer blips fill the space between the music, which itself ranges from the most fierce the band has ever composed to soft, floating melodies.
Christian Tanna is a driving presence on the album. His drumming on QMD is arguably the best on any of the band's four albums. Jag Tanna's unique style of guitar work also comes to the forefront on this album, going well past the banging, dissonant power chords utilized by other bands.
In essence, this is I Mother Earth's spin on contemporary metal, and they put it into orbit.
Most recent customer reviews
No idea what took me SO long to finally get this album...I have every other IME album & knew a couple songs from this one but for some reason just never picked it up. Read morePublished on May 2 2013 by Charlotte
This is IME's Sgt. Peppers.
Has to be my favorite IME album. S&F would be a close second, followed by BGO and Dig. Read more
There is no song on this CD that I don't like.
The best songs are definetly Choke, and Like the Sun but they're all great.
TQMD is the best cd ever made. I think in 20 years it will be regarded as such.Published on June 21 2005 by Aaron Roeder
The Quicksilver Meat Dream shows IME's ability to modify their sound without relying on reuse of old techniques. Read morePublished on July 28 2004 by Dave
There were too many years between Blue Green Orange, I Mother Earth's greatest album, and The Quicksilver Meat Dream; and it wasn't worth the wait. Read morePublished on April 27 2004
Like all IME albums, it took me a few listen-throughs to get a grasp on what the new sound was in the latest installment, and I can truthfuly say that this one left the best and... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004
If u like the last 3 cd's of IME(including the first 2 with Edwin, EEEEEEEEWWWWWWW) then u will LOVE TQMD. The whole cd just says IME. it says on imenation. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003 by Chris
what happened to ime? this new stuff sounds like something i could hear on one of the many crap stations on the radio.... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by chris