Top critical review
on May 3, 2003
I don't like Meshuggah. I find most of their music to be [loud] noise and not much else. Not because I can't handle it, but because it puts me to sleep. If you listen to songs off Chaosphere or Nothing, you'll see what I mean. Polyrhythms, downtuned guitars/bass, a singer shouting like he has nails in his throat and screechy, atonal solos that go basically everywhere and nowhere at once. Not to mention an annoying 4/4(gasp!) hi-hat/splash cymbal beat in the background under it all, giving it a 'machinery' sound. The theory these guys possess is amazing, and the concept of the music is impressive as well, but the execution is quite horrible. Which brings me to this release. Here, Meshuggah were just a thrash band in Sweden with an insatiable love for Metallica and a good drummer who count in t.s. other than 4. So they made a thrash record, occasionally tossing in these odd times and feels. The result:
An interesting, above-average, and highly overlooked thrash record, complete with noisy screaming and odd times, Meshuggah's trademark. But here, we also have catchy riffs(right out of the Anthrax/Metallica/Sepultura camp), group vocals, and music lively enough to keep me awake, which doesn't take much. No [hopeful] industrial, no plodding machine-sounds, and no pretensious air.
Unfortunately, this release is a horrible Nuclear Blast digipack re-release, with a flimsy, boring package. In fact, the only bonus is clear sound quality and four tracks from the None EP, which, unfortunately, take on the annoying 'new' Meshuggah sound brought to fruition on Destroy Erase Improve. Alas, I take a star, leaving this whole thing at 3. I wonder sometimes, what would have happened had this band continued on this course. Maybe we would have had a new Metallica on our hands. Or maybe DEI was the way that things were simply supposed to go. I guess I'll never know...
Meshuggah fans should come here to see the roots and the one-time greatness. "Internal Evidence" is a nice start.