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Meshuggah: Nothing (remaster)

2002's Nothing by the incomporable gods of Swedish technical groove metal Meshuggah was somewhat of a departure, as the band chose to move away slightly from the busier style of albums like Destroy Erase Improve and Chaosphere to a more riff laden, bottom heavy sound. Filled with thunderous 8-string guitars, rumbling bass, the insane drum work of Tomas Haake, and Jens Kidman's demonic hardcore styled screams, Nothing is nontheless more straightforward and less epic than previous releases, but still a highlight of their discography. The band chose to go back into the studio and remaster the album, re-recording some guitars and bass, and reissuing it complete with a bonus DVD of live footage from 2005 and some of their videos.

If you are already familar with Meshuggah and the album, then you of course are aware of the multitude of strong tracks here, like the pulverizing "Stengah" and death defying blasts of "Rational Gaze", each tune just bombastic in its sense of heavy grooves and in your face beefy riffs. The guitar solos of Fredrik Thordendal are shorter and less fusion based than in the past, but he still manages to unload some fiery bursts on the excellent "Glints Collide". Haake as always is the unsung hero of the band, his drum work just stunning amidst the stop/start riffs from Thordendal and Marten Hagstrom, the latter being one of the most underrated rhythm guitarists in all of metal. Other highlights for the Meshuggah newbie include the jackhammer rhythms of "Spasm" and the full-speed-ahead rumblings of "Straws Pulled At Random". Although the original release of Nothing sounded just fine, there seems to be a crispness here that wasn't evident originally, and I sense a little more beefiness to the bottom end on this version.

The bonus DVD alone is reason enough to pick this up, as you get footage of three live songs from their 2005 tour, filmed at the Download Festival in the UK in front of a rabid crowd, plus a few videos. Jens Kidman's hilarious take on "Rational Gaze" is seriously funny stuff-I won't give anything away, as you'll have to see it yourself for some solid chuckles. While we wait for a new Meshuggah album (which may be a little while) this is a must have remaster of one of their classic albums, complete with renewed sound, full lyrics, and a great little bonus DVD.

Track Listing
1. Stengah
2. Rational Gaze
3. Perpetual Black Second
4. Closed Eye Visuals
5. Glints Collide
6. Organic Shadows
7. Straws Pulled At Random
8. Spasm
9. Nebulous
10. Obsidian
Straws Pulled Random, In Death is Death, Future Breed Machine-Live at Download Festival, UK, 2005
Rational Gaze-video
New Millennium Cyanide Christ-video
Rational Gaze-video (Mr. Kidman Delerium version)

Added: December 15th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Meshuggah Website
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Language: english

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Meshuggah: Nothing (remaster)
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-12-15 06:02:16
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There are very few people who will argue with you should you proclaim that Meshuggah is one of the true innovators in Heavy Metal music. This remaster of 2002's Nothing reminds you why this is the case as it is loaded with technical guitar wizardry from Fredrik Thordendal, that gets compounded by the thunderous drumming of Tomas Haake. As you listen, often mystified about what you will hear, you come to wonder how such a band could even exist in a scene that does not often accept such change all too readily. Jens Kidman's has a growling presence that commands your attention and with songs like "Stengah" and "Rational Gaze" they show that they are ever-evolving, and ever proving that Metal's tapestry is a continually weaved thing. The remaster comes at a good time and is the perfect lead in to the bands forthcoming recording as it reminds you of their sound and delivery of Metal. Their last release was a very experimental sounding Catch 33, which was one changing and evolving contiguous song. It was not conventional, even by Meshuggah's standards but still an interesting piece of music from this band. If you are late to the musical party that they are in charge of then this is the perfect time to get this album for in remastered format the music sounds fresher than before. A bonus DVD that includes videos and live performances are included us live DVD is included with live footage to offer visual confirmation of their impact on the genre.

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