On their thirteenth release, Meshuggah got a little experimental. Not that the band hasn't always pushed the boundaries of their metal (likely one of the reasons they were picked to open for Tool on tour), but this album is more than the usual departure. … see full wiki
The first thing that should be said is that this album has more in common with the last EP, _I_, than I expected. Both are long-form compositions and are very structurally progressive, the abandonment of song-form enabling more meticulous and brutal possibilities for the development of the music. That said, the music sounds way different. If you disliked the direction of the previous album _Nothing_, it is most definite that you will be uncomfortable with _Catch Thirty-Three_. It is slow, sludgy, often repetitive, and the core methodology has not changed much. Yet this album shows Meshuggah doing what they are able to peerlessly do: emotionally and intellectually pummel the listener with twisted rhythms, crushing heaviness, and incomparable, bleak atmosphere. Ultimately, it is Meshuggah's ideas and veracity that lends their music experiential force; _Catch Thirty-Three_ is a gnashing, soul-pulverizing masterpiece of post-metal, its musical features rooted by inhuman, hyper-radical skepticism. Meshuggah since _Chaosphere_ has sounded disturbingly like parts of a single, insane machine bent on the destruction of man -- _Catch Thirty-Three_ is now the closest attainment of that end. What better way to destroy a man than reduce his emotions to pulp and annihilate the possibility of knowledge? Of course, you may say "it is only music" -- but it will nonetheless attempt to destroy you.