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Though this particular EP was eventually reissued with Meshuggah's debut album, Contradictions Collapse, I personally find it closer to the sound of Destroy Erase Improve, which is really a good thing, seeing as Contradictions Collapse was never great in the first place. Either way, this is a great EP, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who even has a passing interest in Meshuggah.
With None, Meshuggah says good-bye to their early thrash metal sound and adopts what would become their innovative mix of thrash, groove, death, and progressive metal. From the first track, Humiliative, one can recognize some elements that would eventually be in Destroy Erase Improve, specifically in the guitars and bass. That being said, there are some unique tracks on here, specifically being the songs Ritual and Aztec Two-Step. On the former track, it is a rather melodic song (for Meshuggah standards), as Jens Kidman uses clean vocals for the most part here, a rarity in Meshuggah's discography. On the later track, it has a rather dark feeling, as Jens Kidman's vocals are slightly distorted in an industrial-esque way, as well as being the only track on the EP to be over 10 minutes long (though much of it is silence). Of course, that doesn't mean the other tracks aren't worth a listen, as they bring their own surprises.
If you enjoyed Destroy Erase Improve, I would highly recommend this EP, as it basically serves as a sneak peek of what was to come from Meshuggah in 1995. Even if you didn't, there are enough twists to make it worth a listen for any Meshuggah fan.
On this EP Meshuggah are mostly mid-tempo, try out strange but not overtly technical grooves, remain pretty thrashy and are about to change their lyrical themes. Every song is very tight, though unusually composed in the sense that repetition is minimal. It's just a groovy riff after another, with changing dynamics and verses, assorted in an order that will seem pretty unfulfilling first. This takes time to get into.
Slow progression through mechanized emotions is the core of this music. Countless of subtleties make the soundscape rich in its agonizing sterility. Meshuggah portray an impossible state of mind too nasty to touch with mere words.
Unlike in their future works, they use acoustic guitar somewhat often in the songs and Kidman's shouts are much more melodic (especially on "Ritual", where he practically sings). Overall it's an interesting chapter of this band's history... An useful listen to this band's fans or people who care about dark concepts in music.