1. Autonomy Lost 2. Imprint of the un-saved 3. Disenchantment 4. The Paradoxal Spiral 5. Re-incarnate 6. Entrapment 7. Mind's Mirrors 8. In death - Is Life 9. In death - Is Death 10. Shed 11. Personae 12. Dehumanisation 13. Sum
MESHUGGAH are making a naming a name for thenselves as purveyors of highly technical and bizarre Death Metal. And I use the term 'Death Metal' very loosely here, as they've even fused hard electronics with Death Metal in the recent past. "Catch 33" follows the trails of the critically acclaimed 1-track E.P. "I". And if you thought an extreme-metal track of 21 minutes was unusual, well, this time MESHUGGAH have released a 1-track album! Wisely enough, the"Catch 33" C.D. is 'cut' up into various sections if anything for listening convenience.
I'll say straight away that the music is brilliant and heavy as hell, the production top-notch, and typically MESHUGGAH there's a certain freshness in the music. But I have a few reservations to discuss.
Why, why oh why did MESHUGGAH use synthetic drum programs in replacement of Tomas Haake?!?? According to band statements, they were impatient to release the album, and Tomas was temporarily away from the recording studio then. If we were speaking about a dummer other than the 'human octopus' of Death Metal, I might hesitate to complain. But I'm sure it would have been worth waiting a bit more for Tomas Haake to record the tracks. To be fair, the drum programs sound quite genuine.
Another criticism is that the riffs are limited in variety in "Catch 33", but again, at least these few riffs are done and recorded bone-crushingly well.
Also worth mentioning are the bass lines in "Catch 33", especially in 'In death - Is Death', which is breathtaking. I'm not aware of who does each specific bass line since Marten Hogstrom and Fredrick Thordendal both share bass and guitar duties.
Opinion will typically be divided on this MESHUGGAH release, but all in all "Catch 33" is a unique and recommendable experience. Apart for the musicians' virtuosity, the band deserves praise and my admiration for taking extreme metal to a different level.
My Rating: 7.5/10
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