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Chaosphere

11 Sept. 1998 | Format: MP3

£4.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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By Tom Chase VINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
While many other bands showcase odd time signatures and wild tempo changes, none can touch Meshuggah's individual brand of complex, jazzy, polyrhythmic and ultimately precise metal. Their unique and unrepeatable sound means there are no imitators. They have become a pinnacle in the leagues of mediocre metal.

For me, what makes Meshuggah so special is their reluctance to over indulge. This is best highlighted by their song writing, which always remains well structured and always shows a sense of refinement. There are no 10 minute plus delves into guitar wizardry and multi-limbed drum hacking. Meshuggah's music, and especially on "Chaosphere" is controlled, clinical and expertly precise. Take for example "New Millennium Cyanide Christ", one of Meshuggah's best songs to date, and a song that flows and ebbs through various ideas and movements without ever feeling lost or indirect. The song is tight and aggressive and culminates with a monumental final riff, seeing the band return from an odd time signature (I believe it to be something like 23/16) to 4/4 - a change that is brutally simple, shifting the song into full-flight groove. Similarly "Corridor of Chameleons" uses a very simple structure, moving in and out of Kidman's harsh vocals and a huge main riff. Again this structuring displays Meshuggah's inclination to create precise grooves instead of wild and disjointed shows of self-indulgent musicianship.

This is not to say the band does not exhibit their flair. Aside from the twisting polyrhythmic style, which in itself can be baffling and entrancing due to complexity and precision, there are some stunning flamboyant moments, mostly coming from guitarist Fredrik Thordendal.
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Format: Audio CD
First things first, they're SWEDISH, not NORWEGIAN. Jack Osbourne is a tool. He's right about one thing though, Meshuggah are h-e-a-v-y. Almost relentless in its ferocity, this album is a little less riff-oriented than predecessor 'Destroy, Erase, Improve', opting for more of a groove than a heads-down thrashfest on this, their third full-length album.
And what an album it is! From start to finish the listener is lefting gaping in awe at the frantic, often bizarre changes in time signature going on. At times it appear that the band are playing in different time signatures from each other - but, daft as this sounds, it works perfectly because, despite being probably the most talented metal musicians around, Meshuggah have managed to pull off the near-impossible: making an album of genuinely progressive metal that is also immediately accessible.
The drumming of Thomas Haake (who must surely be the best drummer in metal) is, at times, nothing short of astounding. Quite simply, the man is an absolute monster behind the kit! Add the hypnotic guitar work of Fredrik Thordendal and Marten Hagstrom, beefy bass of Gustaf Hielm and superb vocals of Jens Kidman (who must gargle with razorblades!) and you have a stunning metal album which just gets better with each listen.
Repetition of a riff over and over again by a band is often an indication of a distinct lack of ideas. This is NOT an accusation that can be levelled at Meshuggah! There is so much going on with this album that it is utterly bizarre when you realise that there are long passages when the same riff appears to be repeated again and again! I can only put it down to the hypnotic quality of the music. Standout tracks for me would have to be 'New Millennium Cyanide Christ' (those Scandinavians and their crazy song titles!
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Swedens heaviest and most brutal band since ABBA is mostly known for their complexe rythms and strange structures. Thomas Haake is definately one of the best drummers in the Rockbusiness (Along with the Tooldrummer of course), and if you don't trust me, just put on 'New millenium cyanide christ' and listen to it by yourself. This is one of the few albums I can't listen to all the tracks in one time, because it's so intense and my ears and brain would explode, but maybe it's because the volume must be at max. This is one of the best albums in my CD-collection.
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The intensity of this soundworld is breathtaking. The 'singing' sounds like a nightmare. In Holywood you might expect a city-slaying demon to utter sounds like this. But that's got a lot to do with conditioning. Let's appreciate this on its own terms. This conjures an emotional state that is a kind of hormonal exhilaration. One recalls leaping off a stage and surfing the crowd. But there is so much structure and intelligence underpinning this music that it it can be appreciated as a thing of unworldly beauty. It doesn't exactly feel heavenly, or inspire one to admire the heavenly glory...but it does come close. Yes, I feel rather positive as a I listen.
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It's funny, I remember a few years ago before I was into extreme metal, and my little brother was copying me in my musical tastes, as they do... one day he came to me and told me about this new band called Slayer that he'd heard that were really cool. As our parents didn't want him being into anything Satanic etc, I had to convince him that that band were evil and that he should stay away from them. So I came on Amazon and found the page for Chaosphere by Meshuggah, and clicked on the sound clip for Concatenation, then clicked off the window so he wouldn't see. Then i told him to listen, that this was Slayer and 'don't they sound evil'. We both agreed it sounded pretty evil. At that point I couldn't ever imagine listening to Meshuggah, as it was just too heavy, and, well, evil for me.

Fast forward a few years to today, and my tastes have got significantly heavier, encompassing some death metal amongst other heavy genres. I decided to revisit this album having remembered the above story, to see if I could 'handle' it now. And, on first listen, I still couldn't.

This album is not like any metal album you have heard before, full stop. It has many of the hallmarks of an extreme metal release; the bludgeoning guitars, powerhouse rhythm section, and manic vocals. However, the time signatures and changes on this album will somewhat fry an uninitiated listener's brain, all merging into each other until the album just becomes a mass of chugging, offbeat guitars, devoid of melody.

Since listening to the album through earlier, and emphatically NOT getting it as before, I went out to the cinema to see Iron Man. It was a cool film, but having got back and turned on this album again, suddenly I have realised just how cool Chaosphere really is.
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