Is there such a thing a sounding too much like Meshuggah? i often find that whenever a band is even remotely touching upon what Meshuggah has accomplished sound-wise i flip my shit. Cause hardly anyone does it. I just think about the maybe ten bands i know using 8 strings and how much of a niche sound it seems to be in the metal world. when you have bands coming out that generalize their songs with breakdowns and blast beat parts in what seems like the "formula" of choice today, it gets old fast. even when bands take the meshuggah sound and use it to develop their own interpretation of what is actually is, it's still 99% more untapped of a sound then everything else coming out. i play 8s because of meshuggah, and i think if you play 8s, chances are your going to sound a little bit like meshuggah even though you might not be trying to. just like how when chuck berry started playing the shit he played and revolutionized rock n roll, im sure anyone who came out after him faced some sort of criticism for jerking off his sound. their are imitators, and their are others who want to take a sound and develop it even further, but have to understand and utilize a sound to make something new from it. i just think the 8 string is still to young to completely avoid it. maybe i just love meshuggah too much, and maybe none of this makes sense to anyone else. i'm just curious how other 8 string players think about it. is sounding too much like meshuggah a bad thing? am i retarded? someone fill me in.