Meshuggah
Chaosphere


4.5
superb

Review

by I am TheMoreira for we are many. USER (14 Reviews)
February 16th, 2014 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Scrutinize. Multiply. Improve.

Meshuggah are one crazy band. They've pioneered a style of metal that very few have managed to replicate well as well managing to make sure each album of theirs represents a great leap forward in style each time. Above all this though Chaosphere represents perhaps the greatest yet most underappreciated stylistic change in Meshuggah's sound and is also one of, if not the, strongest albums in their back catalogue.

What was hinted at in Destroy Erase Improve is immediately built upon and improved ten fold on this record. The songwriting is far more organic and layered than the previous record taking a more classical approach to the composition as opposed to the textured approach of DEI while still forcing it into the rhythmic motion of jazz with a greater emphasis on the speed of thrash, the contrardictory principles shaking the songs down to their foundations. Contradictions collapse, structures distintegrate and the song reconstitutes itself into a new form. That's the beauty of this record; structures evolve from asexual reproduction, trains of thought receed and reform into new patterns before being stretched, ground down and recalculated nearly ad infinitum. Screaming out of this process of deconstruction and reconstruction come wildly atonal harmonies and solos as they struggle against the constant yet chaotic rhythm. It's more a mocking salute to the pitched emphasised classical structures of old rather than a last gasp chance at percieved sanity. All in all it gives the album a real sense of unity and an incredible flow but more than that the (re)cyclical, structural motif that is spread across the album in one form or another is representative of the Buddhist beliefs that permeate deeply into Meshuggah's sound and lyrics at their craziest. Couple that with Jens putting out possibly the best vocal performance of his entire career and what's created is an organic, throbbing nightmare of a record yet also represents Meshuggah's entire career better than ever.

The cover art then is apt, the brain trapped in a cage that Meshuggah wish for the listener to destroy by precisely creating this type of record. At the same time it could be construed that the cover art is emblematic of the band's struggle to push beyond their own boundaries as much as the listener's and on this record they achieve this and so much more. Chaosphere stands as the band's most robust statement; a progressive, complex beast that hints at both old and new yet stands out as Meshuggah's most primal, raw and perhaps pure representation of their sound. It may seem contradictory to say this but through all of its contradictions, it becomes all things to all the qualities of good music. Highly recommended.

Choice Cuts;

-Concatenation
-New Millenium Cyanide Christ
-Sane
-The Mouth Licking What You've Bled



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ResidentNihilist
February 16th 2014


1107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Someone will probably get angry at me for this. Constructive criticism always welcome though.

Digging: Nostromo - Hysteron - Proteron

tempest--
February 16th 2014


13886 Comments


"the contrardictory princples"

only thing i noticed
that whole middle section is a ball to read even if i have absolutely no idea what youre saying

album rules, every track is so great
Elastic is fuckin weird though, i always space out when listening to it

IronGiant
February 16th 2014


855 Comments


the middle paragraph is so hard to read through and comes off sounding pretentious and unorganized.

ResidentNihilist
February 16th 2014


1107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Corrected, cheers dude. Yeah elastic is best listened to when completely stoned.

Gwyn.
February 16th 2014


15160 Comments


Reliniquished

tempest--
February 16th 2014


13886 Comments


the middle paragraph sounds like meshuggah lyrics

VermTheImpaler
February 16th 2014


1360 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5 this or die, this and destroy erase and improve are classics

TheNotrap
February 16th 2014


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Chaosmathsphere.


Digging: Threshold - For The Journey

VermTheImpaler
February 16th 2014


1360 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Math is cool, lol, I'm a nerd

ResidentNihilist
February 16th 2014


1107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers guys, yeah you should enjoy this Demi, it's far more up your street.

undertakerpt
February 16th 2014


1351 Comments


corridor of chameleons is such a tune

good idea - lets go fly a kite

bad idea - lets go fly a breezeblock

MO
February 16th 2014


18859 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yes album rules you're cool in my books

Thibs
February 16th 2014


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

such a great album

video for New Millennium Cyanide Christ is one of may favs

Digging: Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise

climactic
February 16th 2014


19368 Comments


yea its the best

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

FearThyEvil
February 16th 2014


12622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really want to 5 this.

joshuahuntkc
February 17th 2014


1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is probably my favorite Meshuggah album. DEI is awesome but I think I prefer this record. Catch 33 is pretty phenomenal as well.

artiswar
February 17th 2014


23 Comments


Nice review but you didn't even mention Corridor of Chameleons. This is probably my fave Meshuggah album.

joshuahuntkc
February 17th 2014


1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-y1N29vH2Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

DrMaximus
February 17th 2014


9552 Comments


Elastic is swee

Avagantamos
February 17th 2014


2212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't jammed this in a long time. Corridor of Chameleons is one of my favorites m/

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