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Meshuggah - Catch Thirty-Three - 2005 - Nuclear Blast Records

Track Listing
1. Autonomy Lost
2.Imprint Of The Un-Saved
3.Disenchantment
4.The Paradoxical Spiral
5.Re-Inanimate
6.Entrapment
7.Mindís Mirrors
8.In Death Ė Is Life
9.In Death Ė Is Death
10.Shed
11.Personae Non Grata
12.Dehumanization
13.Sum
The new Meshuggah release of "Catch Thirty-Three" on Nuclear Blast Records is definitely a departure from their last endeavors yet then again this is a band that has never followed convention in the past. So why start now? The CD is actually one long song that has been divided into sections to allow it to be easier to appreciate. Everything on the piece seems to lock in to the groove lined up on the very first track and as the CD runs along this riff modifies and transforms and even returns at times. It is quite interesting to listen to and really must be played as a whole piece. There is a chance that the fans of Meshuggah might not be sure of what to make of this CD at first because there are also some changes in the way it is laid out musically. Absent are the guitar solos that are often very impressive and this time the drumming is programmed. Itís a sad thing to subtract the power that Tomas Haake delivers on the drums a well as Fredrik's solos but Marten Hagstrom has promised that the next record will be more true to form and what the fans are more used to. This was a record the band wanted to address and clearly "Catch Thirty-Three" will be a part of the touring set when that happens so donít be left behind on the material.

If I had to pick some personal favorites on the CD I lean towards "Autonomy Lost" and "Shed" almost immediately. However since this is one long song, these happen to be my favorite sections of that song. Overall the music is heavy and the production of the release is excellent. I think new and old fans will be intrigued by the experiments that this band undertakes. "Catch Thirty-Three" is just another fascinating piece of the puzzle that is Meshuggah. Donít miss out.

Rating: 7.5

--Ken Pierce
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
CD
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
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
The Violent Sleep Of ReasonMeshuggah
2016
David Loveless11/28/2016


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: MESHUGGAH
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