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MESHUGGAH - "Catch33" - 2005

Track Listing
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


--MetalKnight


Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: MESHUGGAH
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TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Catch 33Meshuggah
2005
Ken Pierce8/12/2005
Catch 33Meshuggah
2005
MetalKnight5/17/2005
NothingMeshuggah
2007
Al Kikuras1/23/2008


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: MESHUGGAH
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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
The Violent Sleep Of ReasonMeshuggah
2016
David Loveless11/28/2016


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