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NOTHING

Meshuggah

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.54 | 117 ratings

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CCVP
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5 stars You all should give this album a chance. You have NOTHING to lose

Four years after releasing the relentlessly brutal and fast Chaosphere, Meshuggah returns with slown down tempos in their 2002 album Nothing. At first glance, Nothing seems like a slower sibling of the band's 1998 album and that the band just gor slower because they wanted to, but that is only partially true: the fact is that they got slower because the rhythms here became insanely complex.

Here, the band keeps on digging their polyrhythmic abilities to the edge, because almost every instrument plays in a different rhythm (except the bass, which most of times plays along with the rhythmic guitar), and the drums play two different ones (the base rhythm to keep all the band together and a second and more complex one).

The music in Nothing is riff-based, just like in any other album by Meshuggah. However, in this album, just like in Chaosphere, there are many jazz and space rock influences in their music. Those influences can be easily percieved during Fredrik Thordendal's solos: he usually plays a tasty jazzy solo, but Mårten Hagström or himself also play spacy melodies sometimes, like in the song Closed Eye Visuals. In the last song, called Obsidian, the heavily distorted guitars and bass make think about space rock alone, though being much heavier than what the usual space rock song sounds.

It is also important to state that Nothing was my way in Meshuggah. The album called my attention first due to the very uncommon cover and second because the booklet has nothing in it. it is only a black piece of paper with some huge letters i can't read because they are also black, but i assume it is written Meshuggah or Nothing in it. The CD is also pitch black in the front, making it also difficult to read what uis printed on it. The lyrics are all inside the CD, so you have to print them, but since i don't care a bit to what Jens Kidman is saying, i just spin the CD and have a good time.

All songs are awesome, so listen to whole CD, lol.

CCVP | 5/5 |

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