Meshuggah
Chaosphere


3.5
great

Review

by Dr. Jake Destructo USER (5 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2005 | 370 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


1998

Genre: Metal
Playing time: 47:28
Band homepage: http://www.meshuggah.net
Tracklist:
Concatenation
New Millennium Cyanide Christ
Corridor Of Chameleons
[url=http://www.meshuggah.net/samples/chaos04.mp3]Neurotica[/url]
[url=ttp://www.meshuggah.net/samples/chaos05.mp3]The Mouth Licking what You've Bled[/url]
Sane
[url=http://www.meshuggah.net/samples/chaos07.mp3]The Exquisite Machinery of Torture[/url]
[url=http://www.meshuggah.net/samples/chaos08.mp3]Elastic[/url]


A nice little intro First off, I could have chosen to classify this album to be a death metal album, but that wouldn't have done it justice, plus, I wouldn't want anyone to have any preconcieved notions about Meshuggah's sound. This album is not a death metal album, in my eyes. It is what I would call a mindfuck metal album. [copyright '05] Each song on Chaosphere just makes me wonder what it would feel like to be able to play in such quirky rythms. Ok, now onto a little history of the band. Meshuggah started off in 1985 in Sweden under the title Matallien. Jens Kidman, vocalist, left after a few years to form a new band, but he and lead guitarist Fredrik Thornendal reformed the band. Through the years, they picked up Thomas Haake, raved as one of metals most insane drummers, and Mårten Hagström as the two-man on guitar. The released a pair of full-length albums, Chaosphere being their third in 1998.

Before you start listening, I would like you look for the crash cymbal on Concancation. You will find that it is in standard 4/4 time. Perhaps Meshuggah isn't as complex as everyone thinks? Yeah, then listen for the guitar. 3/4 time. Yup, so much for simple. The first track from Chaosphere starts off with every insturment in full force, just so that you don't get into the album thinking you may have a chance at surviving the beating you are about to recieve. At around 2:15, you'll hear a very dissonant guitar solo, almost fit for an 8 bit Nintendo game. The second track starts off with another chunky, off timed guitar riff start us off on this track. This track displays some of Jens Kidman's most powerful vocals, including a 12 second scream at around the 4 minute mark. At 3:00 Thornendal rips into another very dessonant solo, only this time, he displays his superior legato skills, making it perhaps my favorite solo of his from Chaosphere. Corridor of Chameleons isn't one of my favorite tracks, but it is still a very solid track, the highlights being the main drum riff, featuring Haake's octopus-like tendencies, and again, Thornendal's "I wonder what this whammy bar does" solo. Other than that, the song is fairly simple as far as Meshuggah goes. The fourth track, Neurotica, starts off with more of a tribal beat thrown down by Thomas Haake, and one of the more complex rythms. When I say more complex when talking about Meshuggah, I mean borderline incomprehensible. Meshuggah at their finest.

I think at this point, the album begins to decline in quality. I still don't mind listening to it, but it isn't quite up to the typical jams that I know Meshuggah can throw down. Due to their similarities, I think that Meshuggah should have left Sane and The Mouth Licking what You've Bled as one track. This would have made it a much stronger, more progressive track. They each have a face-melting solo, and more chunky riffs, but neither of them seems to click with me. The Exquisite Machinery of Torture picks the album up again, mainly due to the spoken verse, adding another dark element to the craggy Meshuggah soundscape. The solo is similair to the solo from Concancation in the way that they sound like they could possibly belong on a video game. The last song on the album, Elastic, is mainly white noise, therefore I don't have much to say on it.

Overall, I think Meshuggah have a great album on their hands. Even if you don't like the complex wall of sound created by Meshuggah, you must appreciate their very unique talents. I gave it a 4/5. Minus points for the lag near the end, but nonetheless, and awesome find.
There you are. My first review. I tired to keep it short as to avoid too many people thinking tl;dr. Now, if you haven't already, go out and buy this album!


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Damrod
Moderator
July 23rd 2005


1093 Comments


Nice first time review. a bit more paragraphs would make it a better and easier read though. ;)

Killtacular
July 23rd 2005


1314 Comments


Double space those paragraphs. Otherwise, good work.

Dr. Jake Destructo
July 23rd 2005


86 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ok, I got those things fixed.

Rothmans
July 24th 2005


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool and crap I was half way through this for a review my first one was a disaster.

Arrakakaka
September 25th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The main riff off of "New Millienium Cyanide Christ" is insane. Haake plays in 4/4 with his hands, while the band and his bass drum(s) plays in 23/16.

Holy fucking balls

Meshuggah has better albums. Pretty good, nonetheless. It's still growing on me.This Message Edited On 10.16.05

Arrakakaka
October 22nd 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright, it grew on me. It deserves a 4 or 3.5..

Toaster
November 27th 2005


343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Or a 5.

halfdeadhippo
February 5th 2006


52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=Holland, 1945]Sadly, odd time signatures don't always mean that the music is good.

Thus is the case with Meshuggah.[/quote]You're right. Try focusing on the overall groove, rather than just the time signatures. I can't speak for anybody else, but while I may marvel at their technical skill, the reason I like the band is because of their unrelenting and unique groove.

Werny
February 17th 2006


148 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album has the best balls-to-the-floor rhythms I've ever heard.

Meshuggah don't make you bang your head. They send you into fits.

This album has such variety in each track and such energy throughout.

Definitely a classic for them. This album makes me wish they'd kept the bass on future releases; it's so freaking fuzzed out and heavy on this!

XSebbyMcMuffinX
November 30th 2006


339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Corridor of Chameleons is actually one of my favorite tracks on this...
Pretty good review, though.

sammy666
December 15th 2006


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review....awsome album!!!
meshuggah kicks serious metal butt \m//

LifeInABox
June 1st 2007


3709 Comments


You spelled Concatenation wrong in the review. This is a great album, but I like the heavy, slow, deep groves in Nothing better. And besides, it has Straws Pulled At Random.

antihippy
June 1st 2007


696 Comments


straws pulled at random kicks everyone's ass.



/truth

BroRape
September 28th 2007


803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

meshuggah is mad talented and they do a lot of technical shit, but this cd bored the hell out of me. almost every track sounded the same.

BallsToTheWall
September 28th 2007


44620 Comments


Coming from the guy who loves Waking The Cadaver, No Offense. This cd is pretty sick, one of their finest at that, full of crazieness and head banging rhythms. Listen to new millenium cyanide christ and you'll change your mind.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

BroRape
October 4th 2007


803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i have the cd, and i've been listening to it more lately. it's a little bit better than i thought it was. but i like concatenation the best though.

rattlehead42147
October 4th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

new millenium cyanide christ tricked me into believing this cd was really good.This Message Edited On 10.04.07

Confessed2005
October 4th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is really good.

But all the noise on Elastic is so pointless.

Royd Rage
December 27th 2007


419 Comments


i really wasn't into chaossphere. by the time i heard it i had already had nothing,I and catch 33. i think nothing is the divider for meshuggah. if you started out with it than you probably won't like chaosphere and destroy erase imporve. likewise if you like the DEI and chaos than you might not like the newer stuff. it almost seems like two different bands sometimes.

Sound
December 27th 2007


3903 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I started with 'I' and that's probably why I like all Meshuggah's releases except Nothing (Straws Pulled at Random is amazing though); it's just too repetetive and slow. And not quite as hypnotising.

From the samples of Nothing Re-Release the guitars sound more powerful, the drums more polished and vocals sound like on Catch 33; I might have to give it a chance again since I love the sound on that album.



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