Meshuggah
Destroy Erase Improve


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
September 24th, 2006 | 48 replies | 3,658 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


3 of 8 thought this review was well written

Their name was Metallien when the band first saw day light, the founding fathers to the band left and then there was only one sole band member left and a few demos. Fredrik Thordendal was left but he wanted to go on with the band, the band got a new name and now they are called Meshuggah, this band was going to be one of metal’s most ‘’complicated’’ bands. Formed in Umeå, Sweden Meshuggah was ready to take their place in the world of metal, with a complex unique mix between thrash-metal and various of other aggressive metal genres plus aggressive vocals the band was going to be one truly one-of-a-kind band. Meshuggah created a new kind of metal music, this type of metal felt futuristic, very complex, very heavy and very interesting too compared to other heavy-metal bands in this world.

This album is called Destroy Erase Improve, this album delivers both instrumental songs and normal songs with vocals. ‘’Experienced’’ metal heads or listeners already knows that this band plays very difficult music, but for those who haven’t heard about this band will be given a small description of the overall sound and music. We begin with the vocals, imagine Pantera’s former singer Phil Anselmo forged together with Metallica’s singer James Hetfield and you will have a small hint of how Meshuggah’s singer will sound like. Aggressive and forceful grunting would be the best way to describe the vocals. The guitars in this album are great in this album; here you have brutal and heavy shredding, calm melodic acoustics and mysterious and haunting lead guitars. Meshuggah has always used complex and very chunky guitar riffs, this album has a bit less complexity and more ‘’standard’’ riffs. This type of guitar work is though catchy and enjoying, you can even do some head banging while listen to this, there are not good-flowing music but it is still heavy and catchy. If you compare this album to Contradictions Collapse you can notice in this album that the bass is not as clear and brutally audible. Back then the bass was even more audible than the guitar work which was a huge plus if you ask me, this time the bass and guitars are basically equally balanced. This is a good thing though because I think that some people don’t want to have one stronger instrument over one weak instrument, the bass is audible and it does a great job to create this massive wall of sound alongside the guitars. Most instruments are difficult and quite complex and so is the drumming, all drum patterns are heavy and complicated, there are no ‘’good-flowing’’ patterns so don’t expect this to be a fast and catchy album. You can notice that thrash-metal is forged in the drum patterns but the paces are always changing, most songs do not have one single pattern, the drums are always shifting to other tempos and rhythms.

My first Meshuggah experience first began when I downloaded some songs from them, I just saw this crazy band name so I wanted to check them out. But when I got the songs I was quite disappointed because I thought that their music was to strange and extreme, but with time I changed my mind and I gave Meshuggah a second change. Now I think that this is a good metal band and this album was a really good album but not an awesome one. The things I liked about this album were the complex and heavy overall material and the balance between the guitars and bass, I also liked the calm instrumental and melodic song which was included in this album. Their music is very interesting once you have gone used to it, people who are unfamiliar to Meshuggah may find this type of music a bit strange but it takes time to like these guys, it took me years before I wanted to know more about them. Anyway, the overall material is very heavy and sometimes catchy; all instruments are well-balanced so no other instrument is to weak or too overwhelming. This album also gives the listener a break in all the chaos with the instrumental song, this was a great ‘’break’’ which makes the listener more interested rather than bored. This band shows great musicianship but there are still two things I don’t like about this album, the guitar solos and drum work. I personally don’t like the solos because they just sounds so wierd, the EQ does not make a good sound together with the rest of the overall music performance. The drums are though better than the guitar solos but I don’t like these ‘’un-flowing’’ patterns, most songs are catchy but you don’t get many moments to do some serious headbanging. But this is some factors that makes Meshuggah so unique, this is also a matter of personal taste as well.

I hope this was a good time reading and I hope this wasn’t too boring, this was my opinion of this album. I think that this was one of the band’s better albums, I think that this is a unique band, it is really a one-of-a-kind band. Fans to this band should have this album and I also think that other metal heads could check this one out. If you like extreme-metal you would probably like this, get yourself a Meshuggah album and your metal collection will be given a whole new look. This sort of metal is though very common these days but I think that this was the band who started this kind of metal music. My personal favourites songs of this album are Future Breed Machine, Acrid Placidity and Suffer In Truth. My overall rating for this album will be a: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
CanonInD
September 24th 2006



359 Comments


ugh so many run-on sentences

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2006



16081 Comments


[quote=review]Now I think that this is a good metal band and this album was a really good album but not an awesome one.[/quote]
...what?
Your last two paragraphs were horribly disjointed, and seemed like a bunch of sentences randomly thrown together with no cohesion.

Dethtrasher
September 24th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh not again
I wrote the two last paragrahps on a computer that has no correction system in Words. I also forgot to read it through, I will fixed this when I got time.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2006



16081 Comments


I think it was mostly just really low level writing than any real grammar or spelling errors.
I like Meshuggah though, moreso their newer stuff than earlier. I remember listening to this once years ago not knowing wtf it was and hating it. I might try it out again soon.

Dethtrasher
September 24th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't understand why my reviews turns out this way nowadays. Help needed, btw, it is not easy to write when you don't have english as mother language.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2006



16081 Comments


My email is in my profile, if you want to have your reviews proofread and edited beforehand I'd be happy to do it if you send em over.

south_of_heaven 11
September 24th 2006



5433 Comments


Deth, for having English as a 2nd language, you're a great writer. You enjoy doing this, and I respect you for typing them in English so that we can read it. If some people want to jump you for not using English grammer perfectly, brush them off. I never expect extravagent sentences or amazing adjectives from you when you review; just a good, solid description of a band that I might enjoy. I don't think that most people on here understand that it takes double effort for you to write one of these, because English isn't your natural language.

Don't worry about a thing, approval rating doesn't matter anyway. Just keep the metal strong :thumb:

But like Ilu said, if you want someone to proofread your reviews for you, send me 'em, I'll be more than glad to help you. And since you've toned down your review speed, I can help you out here and there.This Message Edited On 09.24.06

Dethtrasher
September 24th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Many thanks guys, I still got modem at home so I can't visit the internet as much as I want to, thats because my reviewing rampage is starting to slow down. Btw Mr. Heaven what do you think about Raise Hell?

CanonInD
September 24th 2006



359 Comments


i changed my vote to "yes" because i dont want you to burn my village down lol

south_of_heaven 11
September 24th 2006



5433 Comments


Eh, Raise Hell wasn't too bad, but its not something I'm gonna listen to a lot.

EDIT: Oh yea, Deth, you know of any other great Thrash bands that have recently released new albums in the past year or so besides Kreator or Destruction? I like the thick sound on both of their newer albums, kinda reminded me of 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' by Exodus, and I really dig the sound...any suggestions man?This Message Edited On 09.24.06

Dethtrasher
September 24th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry dude, nothing new but I'm about to check out Sodom's new album. And perhaps some albums from a Death/Thrash band called The Crown. Deathchain is an awesome band though, sounds similar to Hypnosia, their album is called Deathrash Assault I think.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2006



2634 Comments


English isn't Deththrasher's primary language? I didn't know that. He writes a hell of a lot better than people whose primary language IS English.
Sure, you just had a little bit of a rough patch on this particular review, but no worries, if you read it out loud it makes sense because I can understand the meter. Really, though, this is a fine review of a fine album... I prefer Nothing slightly over this one, but not by much.

Shadows
Moderator
September 24th 2006



2530 Comments


Dethtrasher is from Sweden. It's evident when having an IM conversation with him that he isn't a native English speaker, but his reviews have always been very articulate.

Wonderful job Robin, I'm just getting into Meshuggah. Chaosphere and Catch-33 were very interesting. I'm checking this out next.

Dethtrasher
September 24th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just det, jag kanske inte är bäst på engelska men jag gör så gott jag kan. Tack för eran support förresten, oroa er inte, jag kommer inte att skriva på svenska i alla fall. :D
That is my proof that I come from Sweden, don't worry, this was a friendly comment.This Message Edited On 09.24.06

XSebbyMcMuffinX
November 30th 2006



339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This review was fairly good but you repeated a few things a little much.

bloodycrepe
January 4th 2007



55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok Review.

Theres no doubt Meshuggah are a unique band, but i found this album got really repetitive.

The best song it easily the opener Future Breed Machine, it's got the best vocals too.

Confessed2005
July 13th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album. What limits Meshuggah is their style though; after a while, it can begin to get at you in a slightly negative way.

Tomas Haake writes incredibly intelligent lyrics too.

antihippy
July 13th 2007



696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he's one of my favourite lyricist.

wakeupdead
August 6th 2007



2204 Comments


i should really try to get into this band. Would this be the album to get first?

Cravinov13
August 6th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is the only album I can tolerate.



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