While I think that Meshuggah's output in the 2000's wasn't any good as a whole (particularly "Nothing" and "Catch Thirtythr33"), the one song EP "I" is an exception. This 21 minute-long song is what Meshuggah should sound like, and despite only being one song, its length and good use of dynamics makes it as satisfying as listening to a whole album.
True, the guitars are still really downtuned, but they're used to create powerful riffs this time around, and the chaos in the rhythm section makes it feel more like a proper metal release. The guitar solos are really cool as well, and the rest of the musicians here are putting in much more effort, resulting in a chaotic, furious album.
Sadly, "I" is out-of-print, but you can get it on Google Play for only $.99, which is a steal for a 21 minute-long math metal gem.
It begins. Rolling drums underlying a choppy, muted riff, wrung through myriad rhythmic permutations. It is repeated for 90 seconds before disappearing under a hurricane of screaming dissonance, with guitars, screams, and drums all smeared together. Then it stops, ever so briefly. Two minutes. Cymbals crash on every quarter-note, the snare cracks on every eighth-note. Below this anchor for the 16-note cycle, double-bass pedals and brutal 8-string guitars pound out terrorizing … more