They were going more for flow than technicality, and this album delivers that in bucketloads. My suggestion would be to buy this album immediately, put it in your stereo, maybe a good novel as well, sit next to your fire place and hold onto your hats for the least relaxing, but hopefully most rewarding 47 minutes of your life. It was the first album of theirs I listened to, and at first I truly did not know what to think. Absolutely dig the flow of this one. As for their repetitious habits in general, if you listen to the music carefully it actually is not repetitious at all. This 47 minute monster of a song never gets boring, and the only reason I didn’t give this album a perfect score, is, well, that vocoder in Mind’s Mirrors is just a tad cheesy. Retrieved February 9,
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Atmosphere is the most essential part to music in my opinion because it plays with the emotions of the listener. While I can understand Meshuggah’s meshjggah to experiment or go with a more atmospheric approach, but to base most of an album around only one riff that changes ever so slightly cafch song to song with as little deviation as possible is just insane. Actually that whole paragraph seems like filler. Catch 33 is brilliant in that aspect because it’s so many things but still far-removed from itself.
Tomas’ spoken word part in that song is just as hypnotizing as any of his excellent polyrhythmic beats or Fredrik’s incredible riffs. The voice performs some good mesbuggah growling or screeching passages, displaying, at least the way I hear it, a greater lung capacity you have to hear Jens screaming the initial lyrics of “In Death – Is Death” than in previous material.
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In this EP, the band featured a lot of diverse material, changing at a blinding speed. That is part of the genius behind them, and part of the reason why this is my favorite CD of all time: Take out ‘and’ and begin the sentence with On.
Nauseum December 22nd Comments. Possibly the only prog metal related album to contain no extended gutiar soloing, endless shredding and wankery!
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As others will no doubt inform you, this album is definitely not for anyone, but if there is somewhere to start with Meshuggah, “Catch Thirty-Three”, in my mind, can be considered their most accessable album. The album’s closer, “Sum” ends with a long scream, and ambience to conclude this work. It may not be instantly accessible to the average music lover, but for the thinking man, the elitists, or just plain pretentious people, this is an excellent album.
Meshuggah’s tried them all on, and still nothing sticks. This is definitely a step in a slightly off-centre direction for Meshuggah. Although it has its moments, Catch Thirtythree is ultimately a slight misfire by one of the world’s most exciting bands.
The band also experimented with slower ambient pieces, and these help to transition the listener from part to part, giving them a much needed break from the familiar riff that dominates the main theme of the song. Will I always be in the mood to listen to an album like this one?
Try to predict one of Tomas Haake’s drum patterns and feel yourself stumble mentally over and over again as you constantly get it wrong. Oddly meshugfah, that lack of emotion is exactly what the band set out to achieve, so they deserve credit, as the first 15 minutes is progressive metal at its chilliest.
The lyrical content itself was a severe challenge. I have no idea what the theme of the catcy is. As for their repetitious habits in general, if you listen to the music carefully it actually is not repetitious at all. While it’s very well put together in an abstract way, I don’t find the songs or song, rather as enjoyable as those on other Meshuggah albums.
Login Create a Profile. The album gets more and more brutal until it reaches its centrepoint. catdh
Write your own review. Give it a chance. Released in latethe single-track I EP was arguably Meshuggah’s best piece of work to date, a culmination of everything the band had done the previous decade, as the thrilling minute composition drew from each of the band’s incarnations, seamlessly incorporating slow with chaotic. Since the beginning of Meshuggah’s career, they’ve sounded different, as even though they were one of millions of Metallica emulators, they sounded drastically different.
The band had already announced that this was more guitar-based. Mark my words – if you go down that road, you’ll be up for some crushing 3 there my catchh. It’s an admirable attempt at trying something new, but we’ll all be happier with a more organic sounding album the next time around.
Everything blends together in a disgusting and colorless display of headache-inducing agony. This whole album just makes me think of the inner workings of a massive sentient machine, calculating our demise with a cold unemotional mind.