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Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve (9,5/10) - Sweden - 1995

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 46:33
Band homepage: Meshuggah


  1. Future Breed Machine
  2. Beneath
  3. Soul Burn
  4. Transfixion
  5. Vanished
  6. Acrid Placidity
  7. Inside What's Within Behind
  8. Terminal Illusions
  9. Suffer in Truth
  10. Sublevels
Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
I place this album in the pantheon of my personal Metal-collection! MESHUGGAH have crafted a timeless masterpiece with "Destroy Erase Improve". Without a doubt one of the most deep, profound albums in Metal-music. Of course, not everyone will understand the intentions of a band like MESHUGGAH, I'm not even I sure that I do. Some will say they sound like PANTERA after taking some trigonometry classes?? Bullhonky!!! This shit's all over PANTERA. The only similarities are in the production punch and maybe the vocals, which have that rough Anselmo-edge, but are not by any means a rip-off.

They fit perfectly with the intensity of MESHUGGAH's musical arrangements, which have no doubt been carefully constructed and mastered after hours and hours, weeks and weeks, years and YEARS of diligent practice. Of particular note are the lead guitar-playing and drumming, which are both astounding! I simply cannot fathom how Fredrik Thordendal came up with those leads on "Vanishing", "Soul Burn" and the staccato brilliance on "Future Breed Machine". He has definitely taken a good nod from the great Allan Holdsworth in his guitar-tone and odd phrasings, which positively reek of the man. This also goes without saying - those RIFFS! What CAN I say? Other than maybe "mind-expanding"? Screw drugs, THIS is your ticket to the netherworld!

The opener "Future Breed Machine" is still a personal classic of mine. This has all the essential elements of an incredible technical Metal-song, with some extraordinary syncopations in the "verse" section, where the band utilizes a 5+5+6 unison rhythm with incredible precision (which, if you aren't familiar with rhythmic meters, adds up to 16 and is really a syncopated 4/4 rhythm). They do this sort of "rhythmic illusion" in each of their albums, but it's done most tastefully here, and there are many great dynamic breakdowns in each song. This wasn't the case on their next full-length "Chaosphere", which was basically full-steam ahead in each song.

Overall: ten killers no fillers (m/), and every song is a unique entity unto itself. If you've never heard this band, start with either this album or their "None"-EP, which is also amazing (or even their first "Contradictions Collapse" if you like song-structures in the WATCHTOWER- or CYNIC-vein). Now, a comment to the band: PLEASE get done with that new "double release" we keep hearing about! Some of us are not keen on this whole "waiting" thing, and some of us have problems with our urinary tracts and have little control over......y'know I won't go into that part right now, just FINISH THE DAMN ALBUM(S)!!!

Gabriel Gose

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