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pretty much worthless - 10%

raspberrysoda, November 5th, 2016

Nothing is pretty much one of my favorite albums ever. The heavy polyrhythmic chugging, the mechanical vocals and the intense drumming in the original version clearly made it a significant metal landmark (and kickstarted the whole djent subgenre).

The reason this version of Nothing is useless is because the original release of the album had the musicianship noted above and a very unique, distinctive, and last but not least, IT WAS GOOD. The band sounded alive but robotic in the same time, with the repetitive drums and chugs putting you in some kind of a transcendental state (especially with the songs "Organic Shadows" and "Rational Gaze" which are some of the definitive highlights of the album). But in this re-release, the music on this album was removed of its human origins and was made very robotic and fake sounding. The drum machines sound clearly out of place here, and the rerecorded guitars with the new equipment sound too processed and out of place for this album (although it worked very well with the next album, Catch 33)

Another reason of why this version is inferior to the original is that except for the shitty production this release was given, a few songs were altered in their speed which was useless, because the originals sounded much better. For example, Nebulous and Rational Gaze were lowered in their pace and speed which made them lose most of their original magic. These meaningless alterations are accompanied with over-reverberated vocals which sound detached and unrelated to the music, making this entire version of the album sound bland and soulless.

Give yourself a favor, and if you ever get the chance to listen to the original release do it right now. The re-release butchered the music, and made one of the heaviest and best albums of the century sound like it was recorded by the band's own cover band, and has no soul compared to the original. Avoid like fire.