Meshuggah
Nothing (Re-release)


5.0
classic

Review

by MO USER (7 Reviews)
January 31st, 2013 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Realized perfection

A lot can be said about a band that unwillingly releases arguably their magnum opus without producing, mixing, or mastering it to their heart’s content. Under normal circumstances, any music listener can point to a number of things off putting about an album which has a lackluster production (just look at any early bm album). Meshuggah’s career shifting album Nothing underwent an overall speedy process in it’s final stages, and their unhappiness with it resulted in a much desired reaction.

The decision to remaster Nothing was due to the fact that the original release of the album was rushed because of touring, as well as a possession of technologies previously unavailable, however desired. Their last minute decision to join 2002’s Ozzfest resulted in mixing the album in two days and mastered it in one. This left them with a somewhat unfulfilled gem. Equipped with 8-string guitars and new technology such as Haake’s “Drumkit From Hell”, Meshuggah set out to put the time and effort towards making Nothing just what they had truly wanted, and does it ever deliver on all fronts.

The 8-string guitars add an unrelenting punch that rivals the heaviest any band has ever sounded. The overall tempo of the album is brought down a notch, slightly changing the lengths of the songs, but in essence placing a much heavier emphasis on the grooves which drive them forward. The fact that Haake is not “physically” behind the kit has brought about some criticism in the past, even though basically nothing (haha!) has changed in terms of how the drums were performed on the original album and the rerecording, aside from the tempo changes. The vocals remain untouched and the album has an overall more bass driven, heavy sound.

Meshuggah’s remastering of Nothing provides listeners with the album which was meant to be heard from the very beginning. Essentially a work in rerecording guitars, Meshuggah slow down and fully extend the sound of the album they had become famous for. The need for them to pay homage to their past and fully bring to life their vision of Nothing shows a band truly dedicated to their craft, fulfilling their artistic vision while enhancing their integrity for years to come.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MO
January 30th 2013


18857 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a couple months late, wrote it drunk while listening and drooling over the keyboard...NEBULOUSSSSS slowwwwwed down

taylormemer
January 30th 2013


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Revel in its glory.

BassDemon333
January 30th 2013


3399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their best right here, and this re-release proves it. Everything just sounds so massively heavy.

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CK
January 31st 2013


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking thank you

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AfterTheBreakdown
January 31st 2013


7153 Comments


need to check this out.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2013


4442 Comments


Agreed. This definitely rules. POS'd.

CaptainDooRight
January 31st 2013


29881 Comments


nice review MO, Pos'd hard

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breakingthefragile
January 31st 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The heaviest form of ecstasy. Great review dude, you sure as hell know your way around these tracks. You got my pos for sure.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2013


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have both versions of this in physical copy and oddly enough I prefer the raw output of the original.

This is awesome too, though.

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KILL
January 31st 2013


71957 Comments


m/

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pissbore
January 31st 2013


9935 Comments


contradictions collapse >

KILL
January 31st 2013


71957 Comments


lol nah

pissbore
January 31st 2013


9935 Comments


choirs of devastation

MO
January 31st 2013


18857 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cheers gents much obliged m/

reviews a bit short since there's only so much you can say about a rerecording, but I had to pay my respects

Minus.
January 31st 2013


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album rules

Jethro42
January 31st 2013


12478 Comments


good review, posd

FearThyEvil
January 31st 2013


12618 Comments


I really wonder if the re-release is better than the original.

MO
January 31st 2013


18857 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I find both have their strengths over the other. Both are 5's to me, the original is raw, more vintage sounding. The re-release is just a monster in terms of sound and tone.

cheers mon ami!

Shuyin
January 31st 2013


11827 Comments


great review, pos'd

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Gwyn.
January 31st 2013


15160 Comments


Slowly getting there with this band

Good review, it's more about the conception and backstory of this than the changes but I guess there's no need to go into that much detail of a re-release

Pos



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