Engineer: Daniel Bergstrand; Fredrik Thordendal...
Distributor: Caroline Distribution
Notes: Meshuggah: Tomas Haake (vocals, drums); Jens Kidman (vocals); Fredrik Thordendal, M�rten Hagstr�m (guitar); Gustaf Hielm (bass instrument). Audio Mixers: Daniel Bergstrand; Fredrik Thordendal. Recording information: Area 51; The Dug-Out, Uppsala, Sweden; Uae-Function Studio, Stockholm, Sweden. By the time Mehshuggah finished 1998's CHAOSPHERE, their transformation into indestructible cyborgs was nearly complete. The album nearly glints with the steely, monochromatic menace of a dangerous, complex killing machine. More equations than songs, the music derives power from relentlessly innovative time signatures that stop on a dime with a precision that defies belief. "New Millenium Cyanide Christ" scrapes and drills while singer Jens Kidman barks out his harsh philosophy like a madman, and the closer "Elastic" compresses industrial strength blues riffs until they're as flat and hard as a scalpel.
Experimentally minded Swedish death metal outfit Meshuggah (Yiddish for "crazy") debuted with 1991's CONTRADICTIONS COLLAPSE, mixing the punk-influenced grind of death metal with a more eclectic and unruly edge. Over the course of a lengthy but not especially prolific career, their music has grown ever more complex, adding touches of highly technical progressive rock fusion and spacey psychedelia on albums like DESTROY ERASE IMPROVE and NOTHING.
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