Meshuggah - Sickening tab

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                               M E S H U G G A H
                               S I C K E N I N G
                       From their amazing '94 EP "None"

Tabbed by:  Jason Mathie
           Mathie@unixg.ubc.ca

Thought I'd finish off the 'None' EP.  I hope somebody other than me
actually makes use of these, thereby warranting me typing all of this.

Comments:

Meshuggah play seven-string guitars tuned down a semitone to Bb.  This is
transcribed for a six-string, so tune to Bb Eb Ab Db Gb Bb.  Note the 
Maj.3rd is between the 1+2nd strings, not the 2+3rd.

Generally one dash is a 16th note or a 32nd note in length, so either ----
or -------- is one beat.  Since the rhythms are fairly complex I added
markers (|) above/below each line to show the quarter note beats.

Notation explanation:----------3:--4:-- Time Signature changes. i.e 3/8 = 1.5 beats in a measure-8:--4:-- 7/8 = 3.5 beats 5/4 = 5 beats---------
The important things needed to sound like Meshuggah is to nail the rhythms accurately, and to palm mute the right notes. Pay attention to those P.Ms. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Riff A | | | |Db -------||--------------------------------------||Ab -------||*-4:---------------------------------*||Eb -------||*-4:-3/4-----3/4-----3/4-----3/4-----*||Bb ---0-0-||-----1/2-0-0-1/2-0-0-1/2-0-0-1/2-0-0--||P.M . . . . . . . . . .
Riff A fades in slowly, with irregular pauses in between.. 2 beats of Riff A are played, pause, 3 beats, pause, 2 beats, 5 beats, and finally Play Riff A 4x as the drums fade in, followed by an abrupt break lasting one 4/4 measure.
Riff B | | | | Db ------||-----------------3-----3-----3-------|-Ab ------||*-4:-------------2-----2-----2-------|-Eb ------||*-4:-3/4-----4/5-1-----1-----1-------|-Bb --0-0-||-----1/2-0-0-2/3-0-----0-----0---0-0-|-P.M . . . . . . . . .
| | | | |Db -|---------------3-----3-----3-----3---------||Ab -|5:-------------2-----2-----2-----2--------*||Eb -|4:-3/4-----4/5-1-----1-----1-----1--------*||Bb -|---1/2-0-0-2/3-0-----0-----0-----0-----0-0-||P.M . . . . . . . .
Play B 4x, leave off the last 2 notes the last time After a silent 2/4 measure, Play B 4x
Riff C (that 3/8 measure is el wrongo, I'm sure) | | | | | | | |Db|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------|-Ab|4:-----------3-3-3---3---3---3---3-|--3-3-3---3---3---3---3---3-3-3-|-Eb|4:-3/4---4/5-3-3-3---3---3---3---3-|--3-3-3---3---3---3---3---3-3-3-|-Bb|---1/2-0-2/3-1-1-1---1---1---1---1-|--1-1-1---1---1---1---1---1-1-1-|-P.M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
| | | | | | | |Db -|---------------|---------------------------------------------------|Ab -|3:-3-3-4-4-5---|6:---3-3-3---3---3---3---3---3-3-3---3---3---------|Eb -|8:-3-3-4-4-5---|4:---3-3-3---3---3---3---3---3-3-3---3---3---------|Bb -|---------------|-----1-1-1---1---1---1---1---1-1-1---1---1-----0-0-|P.M . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Play Riff C 2x Play Riff B 4x Play Riff C 2x, leave off the last 2 notes the last time
Riff D /= 1,3 ===\/= 2 =====\/= 4 ======\Db|---------3-------3-|---------||---------||----------|Ab|4:-------1-------1-|3:--3-3-*||3:------*||2:--------|Eb|4:-2100----2100----|8:--1-1-*||8:-1111-*||4:-111111-|Bb|-------------------|---------||---------||----------|P.M .... .... . . .... ...... | | | | | | | | | |
Play Riff D 2x Then play:
| | |Db|---4---4-------|Ab|3:-2---2-------|Eb|4:-2---2-------|Bb|---0---0-------|P.M . .
Riff E1 - staccato, light P.M | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Db|-------------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|Ab|4:-22--22----22--22|----22--22----22|--22--22--22----|22--22----22--22|Eb|4:-00--00----00--00|----00--00----00|--00--00--00----|00--00----00--00|Bb|-------------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
|--4--|
Play Riff E1 4x, on 2nd time the 2nd gtr plays |--2--| chord in 8th notes overtop Riff E1 |--2--| |--.--| |-----|
Riff E2 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Db|-------------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|Ab|4:-----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|Eb|4:-55--55----55--55|----55--55----55|--55--55--55----|55--55----55--55|Bb|---33--33----33--33|----33--33----33|--33--33--33----|33--33----33--33|P.M .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Play Riff E2 2x, both times the 2nd gtr plays |--7--| chord in 8th notes overtop |--5--| |--5--| |--.--|
Riff F - the 7/8 bar triplet starts on the offbeat /== 1 =============\/== 2 ======\Bb|------------------------|------------------||-----------|Gb|-----------/3=\/== 3 ==\|---------/== 3 ==\||-----------|Db|5:----------7--7--7--7--|7:----------7--7-*||2:---------|Ab|4:-4---4----5--5--5--5--|8:-4---4----5--5-*||4:-4---4---|Eb|---4---4----5--5--5--5--|---4---4----5--5--||---4---4---|Bb|---2---2----3--3--3--3--|---2---2----3--3--||---2---2---|P.M . . . . . . . . . | | | | | | | | | | |
Play Riff F 4x (with solo the last 3x)
Riff G | | | | | |Bb|----------------------------|Gb|-------------------/== 3 ==\|Db|6:-4---4-----4--------4--4--|Ab|4:-2---2-----2--------2--2--|Eb|---2---2-----2--------2--2--|Bb|---0------------------0--0--|P.M . .
Play Riff G 4x, followed by a silent bar of 2/4
Riff H - halftime tempo | | | | | | | |Bb|----CleanGtr-----------------------|--------------------------------|Gb|-------5---5-----------0---0-------|----0---0-------------0---------|Db|4:---5---5---5---5---4---4---4---4-|--3---3---3---3-----4---4-------|Ab|4:-3-----------3---3-----------3---|3-----------3-----4-------4---4-|Eb|-----------------------------------|----------------2-----------2---|Bb|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
Play Riff H 2x
Then play: | | | | | | | |Bb|-CleanGtr-----------------------|--------------------------------|-Gb|----5---5-----------0---0-------|----0---0-------------0---------|-Db|--5---5---5---5---4---4---4---4-|--3---3---3---3-----4---4-------|-Ab|3-----------3---3-----------3---|3-----------3-----4-------4---4-|-Eb|--------------------------------|----------------2-----------2---|-Bb|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|-
| | |Db|------------------4-------------|----------4---------------------|-Ab|--4---4-3---3-----3-------4---4-|3---3-----3-------4---4-3---3---|-Eb|--4---4-3---3-------------4---4-|3---3-------------4---4-3---3---|-Bb|--2---2-1---1-------------2---2-|1---1-------------2---2-1---1---|-P.M . . . . . . . . . . . .
| | | | | |Bb -|--------------------------------|-------------------|Gb -|----5---5-----------0---0-------|-------0---0-------|Db -|--5---5---5---5---4---4---4---4-|2:---3---3---3---3-|Ab -|3-----------3---3-----------3---|4:-3-----------3---|Eb -|--------------------------------|-------------------|Bb -|--------------------------------|-------------------|
| | |Db -|--4-----------------------4-----|-------------------|Ab -|--3-------4---4-3---3-----3-----|2:---4---4-3---3---|Eb -|----------4---4-3---3-----------|4:---4---4-3---3---|Bb -|----------2---2-1---1-----------|-----2---2-1---1---|P.M . . . . . . . .
Riff I - doubletime tempo | | | | | | | |Db|---4-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|Ab|4:-3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|Eb|4:-----0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|Bb|-------------------|----------------|P.M . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Play Riff I 7x
Then play some triplet patterns: | | | | | | | | |Bb|-------------------|-----------------------|-Gb|-------------------|---/= 3 ==\/= 3 ==\----|-Db|4:-4-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-|5:---4--4--4--4--------|-Ab|4:-3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-|4:---3--3--3--3--------|-Eb|-------0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----2--2--2--2--------|-Bb|-------------------|-----------------------|-P.M . . . . . .
| | | | | | | | | | | |Bb -||---------------------|----------------|----------------|-Gb -||-----/= 3 ==\--------|/= 3 ==\/= 3 ==\|----/= 3 ==\----|-Db -||*-4:---4--4--4-------|--4--4--4--4----|------4--4--4---|-Ab -||*-4:---2--2--2-------|--2--2--2--2----|------2--2--2---|-Eb -||-------2--2--2-------|--2--2--2--2----|------2--2--2---|-Bb -||-------0--0--0-------|--0--0--0--0----|------0--0--0---|-P.M . . . . . . . . . .
/=== 1 =====================\/=== 2 ==============================\Bb -|---------------------------||-------------------|----------------|Gb -|-------/= 3 ==\/= 3 ==\----||-------/= 3 ==\/== 3 ==\/= 3 ==\----|Db -|6:-------4--4--4--4-------*||4:-------4--4--4--4|-4--4--4--------|Ab -|4:-------2--2--2--2-------*||4:-------2--2--2--2|-2--2--2--------|Eb -|---------2--2--2--2--------||---------2--2--2--2|-2--2--2--------|Bb -|---------0--0--0--0--------||---------0--0--0--0|-0--0--0--------|P.M . . . . . . . . . . . | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
Play Riff D Play Riff D again, this time only play endings 1-3
Then play: | | | | | | | | | | | | |Db|-------------------|----------------|-----------------------|Ab|4:-----------------|----------------|5:-----------------2---|Eb|4:-2100--2100--2100|--2100--2100--21|4:-00--2100--2100--2---|Bb|-------------------|----------------|-------------------0---|P.M .... .... .... .... .... .. .. .... .... .
Riff J - halftime tempo | | | | | | | |Db|---4---------------|2----5----------|Ab|4:-2-------------2-|2----5--------2-|Eb|4:-2-------------0-|0----3--------2-|Bb|---0---------------|--------------0-|P.M . .
Play Riff J ~7x while fading out -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- May 19, 1999 E-mail me with any comments, questions, criticism... Mathie@unixg.ubc.ca
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