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Sweden's Meshuggah have come up with their most unrelenting and unpredictable barrage of punishment since forming in 1987. Imagine the most thunderous elements ofSlipknotset loose in an ever-changing landscape of riffs. Not that Meshuggah take much from their masked colleagues; the roots ofNothinglie in the technical thrash of lauded 1980s French-Canadian bandsVoivodand DBC. Where past albums have seen the group smirking through the good-natured wittiness of their baffling instrumental changeups,Nothingis a grueling, spiral slam, spring-loaded with eight-string guitars and plenty of surprises. Meshuggah's message? Evolve or be left behind.--Ian Christe
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Label:  Nuclear Blast Americ
Release Date:  August 6, 2002
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review by . July 04, 2012
posted in Music Matters
Before I review this particular Meshuggah album, I think I should share my history with the band. I first heard Meshuggah back in late 2006 through their album “Destroy Erase Improve,” which I totally loved and decided to invest in the band's other albums in the following months. I liked a lot of what they cranked out during my initial fandom, with the only album not sitting well with me being “Catch Thirtythr33” (which I'll save for another review). In the next 2-3 …
review by . January 14, 2003
posted in Music Matters
What a misunderstood album. Simple? Ha. Less complex than past Meshuggah albums? Um, no._Nothing_ is full of illusion. Things are not as they appear. Here, you will find rhythmic techniques never before applied to metal -- ideas likely to be seen in Indian classical music and African music, yes...not metal. For Meshuggah, the Rhythm is an entity on its own. The musicians are an extension of the rhythm. One must study the rhythms to see the light.People complain that _Nothing_ is very slow. This …
review by . November 19, 2002
It was back in 1995 that Meshuggah released _Destroy Erase Improve_, a stunning proclamation of the adventurism possible within a technical metal framework. The rhythmic complexity was astonishing and virtually established a sub-genre of music within the plastic of the CD. A few years later, the band pushed the technical envelope with the shrieking, punishing onslaught of _Chaosphere_, which cranked the speed and violence.Where was Meshuggah to go with their next release? They could have pushed …
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