Meshuggah
Destroy Erase Improve


5.0
classic

Review

by azrael99 USER (4 Reviews)
January 25th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Into the complex Hershey highway of chaos.

If there's one album where substance meets style in a glorious dissonance - it is in Meshuggah's classic album Destroy Erase Improve. Released in 1995 - it was a big step for the band that was known more for sounding like a mix of Pantera and Metallica with European metal sensibilities. They then started carving a style of their own when they released their EP None which showcased their affinity for jazz like improvisations and odd time signatures. In Destroy Erase Improve, the band just continued with evolving their style and showing their virtuosity in intricate written songs that ventures into themes that bands like Fear Factory were known for.

The poly-rhythm grooves and how they deliver it in an uptempo fashion reared its ugly head with the first song "Future Breed Machine" which showcased Fredrik Thordendal's Holdsworth meets Robert Fripp fusion solos and interludes. Jens' vocal delivery have always been ubiquitous in its range added that machine like buzzsaw trait in its intensity and Haake's drumming was the rock that held it all. The same formula were again shown in songs like "Transfixion" and "Vanished". The tempo is unrelenting but underneath the aggression: the musicianship of the band shines that has gained them respect from fellow metal bands and jazz/fusion musicians.

The band's ability to write head crushing mid-tempo songs in such a twisted and discordant manner while still maintaining the melodic aspect of the song were displayed in songs like "Soul Burn", "Inside What's Within Behind" and "Suffer In Truth". The controlled groove that these songs exhibit had that San Francisco thrash influence that only enhanced the songs' makeup but also added an element that still respects the influence it had on the band when they were in their infancy as songwriters.

The albums production engineered by future Darkane producer Daniel Bergstrand and mixed by seminal Swede stalwart Fredrik Nordstrom complimented the dry, bleak and static feel of the album. The sound landscapes they helped tweaked added that precise methodical grit the album had overall.

While the band went further down in its complexity and harshness with "Chaosphere" - the sublime mix of good songwriting and absurdity really was perfected in this album. These album along with "None" and "Chaosphere" in some aspect are/were the definitive body of work that Meshuggah will be known for when they are talked about in regards to their work.


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fsharptrit0ne
January 25th 2012


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SUBLEVELS

nice review

MMX
January 25th 2012


4817 Comments


Nice review and this better be a 5

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2012


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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KjSwantko
January 25th 2012


9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my life would be complete if they re-recorded this with their modern brutal sound

Yes, that's like the 3rd time I've posted that. Album rapes immensely.

MMX
January 25th 2012


4817 Comments


Soul Burn m/
If they re-recorded this oh my god..... That would be amazing

macadoolahicky
January 25th 2012


1835 Comments


Idk about re-recording it. It sounds nice with the guitar tones/quality it has now. Honestly, the only thing wrong with this record is it's tendency to start sounding redundant in quite a few places. Thank goodness for "Acrid Placidity". That track saved me.

macadoolahicky
January 25th 2012


1835 Comments


Nice review, btw. pos'd it

NeutralThunder12
January 25th 2012


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album slays.

MO
January 25th 2012


18682 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

actually a good review, shocked

album rapes

also Daniel Bergstrand will be producing Koloss, can't wait

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2012


6105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kolossal album.

Ideal for repeated listens.

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Tyrael
January 25th 2012


20877 Comments


^ I see what u did there

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KILL
January 25th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

doesnt need re recording its perfect the way it is i mean i should 5 it but nah

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Attis
January 25th 2012


333 Comments


lol

jefflebowski
January 25th 2012


8243 Comments


review'd be really well written if it all made sense


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Relinquished
January 25th 2012


25055 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"its perfect the way it is i mean i should 5 it but nah"

yah

5 it bro

Wheelah
January 25th 2012


756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, the review could be good, but sucks as it is.

This has some of the Shug's best stuff on it. Good news is I think they said Koloss will be a return to their DEI roots. Lookin' forward to it.





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