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Meshuggah grew the fuck up...and fast! - 94%

DarkSideOfLucca, May 3rd, 2009

Contradictions Collapse was a thrash metal album that was interesting for thrash metal, but not even close to interesting compared to what they were to become in later years. Destroy Erase Improve was completely different than Contradictions Collapse, while still keeping much of the thrash elements. They added a lot more interesting polyrhythms, which they would later become famous for, and even jazz fusion elements. It was clear right away that Meshuggah was not going to become the next Slayer in that they were certainly not going to rerelease the same album throughout their entire career. In fact, they have become the exact opposite.

Enter Chaosphere. Where to begin...unbelievable technical skill, the lyrics are more mature, much more consistency within the songs and throughout the album as a whole, and most of all: this album is infinitely more intense than their previous two releases. Their now famous "New Millenium Cyanide Christ" is to date alongside "Bleed" as one of their most intense, heavy, and blood pumping songs they have released. Every time I listen to it I feel like my brain is literally being raped by the porn star Evan Stone, especially when the horrifyingly unique solo kicks in. All I have to say about lyrical content is this: "Corridor Of Chameleons." Read those lyrics while listening to that song and be amazed by the amazing poet, Tomas Haake. Also, don't forget to pay attention to the impossible time signature mind fucks present in that and every other song on this album.

The album doesn't get worse from there...the mechanical "The Exquisite Machinery Of Torture" is one of the creepiest and uneasy songs I have heard. You can actually feel Kidman's fury when he screams the chorus to "Sane." Speaking of sanity, you will find absolutely none of that in the closing track "Elastic." Meshuggah has released some pretty crazy tracks in their career, but "Elastic" actually makes you feel like your losing your grasp on reality.

Meshuggah, Devin Townsend and Mastodon are probably the most unpredictable bands in metal. Who the fuck would have expected to get Chaosphere after Destroy Erase Improve. Better yet, who the fuck would have expected to get Nothing with it's groovy, slow dark feel after their most intense, fast paced release yet? Or the 47 minute epic Catch Thirtythree? Meshuggah never fails to keep my interest and seems to get better with every release. Even so, Chaosphere still somehow seems near perfect. If you have been living under a rock since 1998, lift that rock over your fucking head right now and experience Chaosphere.