Meshuggah
Catch Thirtythree


5.0
classic

Review

by mindleviticus USER (41 Reviews)
April 20th, 2017 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An absolutely crushing, haunting and spine-tingling effort

Catch Thirty-three is that stunning realization that everything you know could in fact be false. That nothing is certain and you will go at great lengths to try to define reality by what your senses tell you without knowing it creates infinite paradoxes in the process. This album captures this sort of cryptic uncertainty flawlessly and leaves you with a lingering horror that lasts for years.

I would call this more of experience than an album because one really needs to listen to this in full to get the full experience. Once I understood the structure of the album as a whole, it became one of the most heavy, haunting and cerebral metal albums I've ever heard and became impossible to stop listening to. The relentless repetition fits perfectly for this kind of style and keeps you on the edge of your seat with it's memorable and complex structures, breaks and overall heaviness. Songs like Mind's Mirror and In Death - Is Death are both horrifying and incredibly captivating pieces of music that sink into your psyche like some sort of undiagnosed illness everyone sort of knows exists but tries desperately to hide. The rest of the tracks accentuate this sort of minimalistic and yet rhythmically complex dissonance that becomes instantly memorable. The relentless groove and flow of the vocals perfectly fit the overall brutality of the album, it's like trying endlessly to solve giant mechanical puzzle to some ancient esoteric landscape. Especially on a track like Sum where the final vocal bit Kidman has is just a long harrowing scream that both jolts your attention and fills you with this sense of terrifying confusion.

The dissonant softer parts of this album perfectly contrast the harshiness of the rest of the album as parts like In Death - Is Death become this beacon of knowledge that the calmness is only an illusion and that there is a madness of certainty still waiting around every corner.

Everything that has order also has an equal amount of chaos and Catch-thirtythree is a brilliant take on the paradoxes of the human existence. It ultimately questions normality and kind of shows us why some of the most interesting things about life are the difficult and unanswerable aspects. It becomes a never-ending cycle of philosophical quandaries and sometimes it's fascinating to think about but try not to go crazy over it. Thankfully we have Meshuggah to remind us, though.



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mindleviticus
April 20th 2017


9216 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wrote this up quickly. inb4 "there's already a few reviews, asshole", fuck you, this is a serious review and I love this too much.

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2017


3809 Comments


there's already a few reviews, asshole

CalculatingInfinity
April 20th 2017


7661 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best Meshuggah good job :]

mindleviticus
April 20th 2017


9216 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey Snox



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS669AzO8bw

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2017


3809 Comments


Cool review tho, good job. Can't stand this album though. Was the first and last Meshuggah I ever listened to.

Evokaphile
April 20th 2017


6444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Worst meshuggah lp. Good review tho eh

Digging: Woe - Hope Attrition

MeatSalad
April 20th 2017


17188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More like second or third best but aight

tempest--
April 20th 2017


20595 Comments


worst? wtf
so fkn good

FadedSun
April 20th 2017


1763 Comments


Was this the album they used the drum machine for?

MeatSalad
April 20th 2017


17188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep

rodrigo90
April 20th 2017


3401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Worst thing of the album: you can't hear the songs in isolation

rodrigo90
April 20th 2017


3401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's pretty much "I" but longer and maybe more complex

zaruyache
April 20th 2017


18070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album snox y u hates the shuggz. Jam DEI 4 old school thrashhh.

MeatSalad
April 20th 2017


17188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking awful album to start with for meshuggah, almost the worst decision you could make

rodrigo90
April 20th 2017


3401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't escape from the DEI-nothing period. It's very frustrating

RogueNine
April 20th 2017


3380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

With this? I started here and it worked out great.

Relinquished
April 20th 2017


36733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Worst thing of the album: you can't hear the songs in isolation"



half of it is great isolated. examples: shed, in life/death, dehumanization, re-inanimate, entrapment.

Evokaphile
April 20th 2017


6444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Might have to jam this again soon. Its been ages

SoccerRiot
April 21st 2017


3218 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Meh

mindleviticus
April 21st 2017


9216 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

did you fucking neg



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