Meshuggah
Nothing (Re-release)


2.0
poor

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 26th, 2008 | 98 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The only reason that you should buy this album is because of the bonus DVD, not the actual album itself.

Meshuggah is without a doubt one of the most unique metal bands around today. Their blunt force and technical thrash has taken metal into new levels where few bands could only dream of. Obzen is their latest album and displays all of the qualities that Meshuggah possess. The band started as a heavy thrash band, but with time, the band has increased and developed their skills that have brought forth a slew of masterpieces. Destroy Erase Improve, I, Catch 33 and Obzen are just of few of Meshuggah' brilliant works. Even though their sound hasn’t changed in any drastic way, their music has always kept things complex and technical. Their drum patterns play one way and their guitar plays another; even their bass sections are given lots of room to show-off. Everything about their sound is complete chaos, but in a much more organized fashion. Meshuggah doesn't take influences from other bands. Rather, they are the influencers and will always be a source of inspiration to many other bands. Even if Meshuggah is capable of doing the most complex time measures in metal music, they are still capable of creating an album that doesn't stand out that much. The album I'm talking about is the re-release of the album Nothing.

They first released the album Nothing in 2002 and after a while they released an extended edition of the album in 2006 (Nothing (New Edition)). This time around, the sound was a lot denser, gloomier and heavier. Some tracks were extended longer and the guitars were equipped with additional strings (8 string guitars to be correct). This edition has a bonus DVD disc that features live shows, official videos and some less professional videos from their vaults. The main reason why this album isn't as strong as their other albums is because Meshuggah decided to slow things down quite a bit! Nothing (New Edition) is their slowest record to date. Even though the band still keeps this disoriented and complex, every song becomes progressively slower and more drone like, losing much of its entertainment and replay value halfway into the disc. A few of the turnoff tracks include Rational Gaze, Obsidian and Stengah. Obsidian is particularly boring because the song itself sounds like its falling into a empty space, completely devoid of anything half interesting to begin with. Rational Gaze displays some of the most uninspiring riffs that the band has ever created. The structure and technical level has been stepped down a few notches, making these tracks sound dull, one-dimensional and just playing boring. However, the listeners with patience will find some hidden gems on this album such as Perpetual Black Second, Straws Pulled At Random and Glints Collide. These tracks are slightly faster paced and contain better riff structures, keeping them a lot more interesting and more endurable then the other droning tracks on this album. The vocals continue the same harsh, stiff screaming found on previous albums and the lyrics continue to be weird and very fitting to the bizarre music arrangements.

The bonus DVD is much better than the actual re-recording if you ask me. Here you have some of Meshuggah's best tracks including Future Breed Machine, Straws Pulled At Random and New Millennium Cyanide Christ. The DVD also contains three videos that were shot at the 2005 Download Festival in the U.K (Future Breed Machine, In Death Is Death and Straws Pulled At Random), two official videos (Rational Gaze and Shed) and two videos that show that bands goofy side (New Millennium Cyanide Christ and Rational Gaze). One video shows the band playing air-instruments in a trailer wagon and the band members are headbanging like crazy. The other video for Rational Gaze, Mr. Kidman Delirium Version shows you Mr. Kidman himself jumping around in a flat, dressed in various wigs and playing a few instruments. All of the videos are top-notch quality, especially the live shots with the headbanging maniac Kidman and his crew. The official videos are well done because they are one hundred percent computerized and represent the band member’s personalities at their craziest and chaotic selves. The last two videos are very funny to watch, but having Rational Gaze appear three times on two discs can be pretty boring to be quite honest.

''It finally sounds the way we always wanted it to!'' - Meshuggah

The above quote is taken from a sticker attached onto the special editions case. It is great that the band is happy with their final results, but there is not a guarantee that the fans will see it as the band members have. I can't tell if this re-recording is better than the original (because I have never heard it). This album doesn't stand out in any way and it definitely hasn’t made a lasting impression on me compared to their other releases. There are some good tracks on this album but none of them would be considered Meshuggah classics. Nothing (New Edition) still has a devastating sound with that signature complexity that Meshuggah is well known for; it just feels like it doesn’t live up to Meshuggah’ standards. This is not a good place to start if you are new to this band. I would suggest that you look into albums like Obzen, I or Destroy, Erase, Improve. The only reason that you should buy this album is because of the bonus DVD, not the actual album itself.

Positives
+ Perfect sound production as always
+ Heavy song material
+ Awesome (and funny) bonus DVD material

Negatives
- The songs are too slow
- Repetitive and uninspiring material
- Completely boring for the most part

Recommended Tracks
-- Perpetual Black Second
-- Nebulous
-- Straws Pulled At Random

Final rating will be a 2/5.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dethtrasher
August 26th 2008


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I have a gutfeeling that people will disagree with me on this one.

Willie
Moderator
August 26th 2008


16016 Comments


I haven't heard this version, but as far as the music goes and the original, I agree 100%. The only song I enjoy on here is "Spasm".

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

UpperDecker
August 26th 2008


255 Comments


A 2???? Are you serious? I realize that the band is repetitive but this album is great. Straws Pulled At Random is awesome. So is Stengah, Rational Gaze, hell the whole album is great. I'd give it a 3.5 or 4.

TrojanWhore
August 26th 2008


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, its a great album. Your review was good though, you did back up your opinion well.

Altmer
August 26th 2008


5652 Comments


sentences have improved from before... but as much as I hate to say it chan is still right, your formulations can be very awkward or plain wrong

but there is not guarantee that the fans will see it as the band members have.

I'm sure you mean "no" or "not any" but "not guarantee" doesn't work as a phrase

asaf
August 26th 2008


885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Even though their sound hasn’t changed in any drastic way"


...hmmm, i thought that was your point?
anyways, Nothing paved the way for Catch 33, and gems like Lethargica and Pineal Gland Optics off Obzen...
If all the songs sound like the first 3 grinding minutes of I, and the assualt of Bleed, we would probably be listening to Divine Hersey or Fear Factory.

Nothing dominates. The re-release eats you alive.

Burn2Burn
August 26th 2008


2378 Comments


lol 2/5

unketknyte
August 26th 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You're right. I can't agree with you at all.
I've listened to both almost limitless amount of times.
My opinion is that the reissued Nothing rules over the first.
But I love the first.
Anyway.. 5/5

Wizard
August 26th 2008


19437 Comments


Good review but I thought the original release of this album was pretty decent.This Message Edited On 08.26.08

Digging: Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus

Dethtrasher
August 27th 2008


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

but as much as I hate to say it chan is still right, your formulations can be very awkward or plain wrong

I know but I forgot to edit that sentence, fixed it now.
If all the songs sound like the first 3 grinding minutes of I, and the assualt of Bleed, we would probably be listening to Divine Hersey or Fear Factory.

Good point, but I still think that this album is dull.
I've listened to both almost limitless amount of times.

I can't believe you said that. Even I rapes this album.

wexenhex
December 13th 2008


192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album confuses me.
its very technical, but a tad repetitive and hard to get "stuck in your head"...
quite atmospheric, but hardly any melody.
just grinding rhythms...

i hate it and love it at the same time.

ive never faced a more strange album for me...

Rabio
January 29th 2009


49 Comments


Doesn't repetition get stuck in your head...? Anyway I've been looking to check this band out for a while but some say the vocals are too monotonous or they're a bit hard to grasp... :eek: I'll chance it.

taylormemer
January 29th 2009


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meshuggah is without a doubt one of the most unique metal bands around today.

*Gasp!*

ManicDemise
March 20th 2009


433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album, but the rerelease of this album makes me cringe. Straws Pulled At Random is arguabely the best song on the album and I feel it was ruined on this release. It sounds too dirty and gritty, and not in a good way.
If the original version had the guitars that this version had, it would be perfect. Aside from that, this album just sounds completely fucked. Not too many things are changed and not all of them are THAT noticeable...but still. I can understand why they would want to redo it becuase the original had some flaws, but it's still a fantastic record and sounds great nonetheless.
I prefer the original much more over this. This technically speaking is the same record as the original, but the sound of it is much different and I don't enjoy it overall particularily as much as the original, which is why my rating on this one is lower.
Oh well, I still love Meshuggah to death. Fantastic band!!

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

lauriej
March 20th 2009


1712 Comments


the rerelease of this album makes me cringe

this album just sounds completely fucked.

Album Rating: 3.5

waiiit a minute...

devouredbymetal
August 25th 2009


516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what?? a 2 for this album is a disgrace...this album is really good ... the first track itself got me into this.

moana
September 14th 2009


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review!!!!

this version of Nothing hauls some major arse. Straws Pulled at Random would definetely have to be one of my all time favourites. Haawke is just genius man

Decapod
October 16th 2009


1006 Comments


This is an incredible musical journey. In my top 5 favorite albums of all time.

qwe4
October 16th 2009


203 Comments


these guys suck ass

Zettel
October 30th 2009


598 Comments


Your review is a little confusing, since it's not clear wheter if you're given the re-release a two star rating compared to the original, or to the music itself.

I enjoy Nothing a lot, I must say, and definitely is an improvement to earlier work. I find it superior and more rewarding than anything previous to it, and maybe there's a good reason to it, being Meshuggah growing up and maturing. In Nothing, more than in the "I"ep, they are finally finding a truly unique and great sound, leaving behind their "trashy", more classical metal sound.
Earlier material is great, but with Nothing they start to become really amazing. Two stars is too harsh, even for the re-release.



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