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  • Audio CD (May 30, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B0008GGOBA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'One of the ten most important hard and heavy bands', that's how the prestigious Rolling Stone Magazine describes Swedish sonic extremists MESHUGGAH. It is impossible to talk about experimental or avant-garde metal without mentioning this truly groundbreaking act: MESHUGGAH mix ultra-complicated rhythmic patterns with massive riffs and aggressive growls, combining Death Metal, Grindcore, Mathcore, Thrash and Progressive Metal to create their unique style. Trying to categorize MESHUGGAH? Think again Manic low-tuned riffs repeated in seemingly endless loops, desperate and aggressive growls and screams, and drum fills and patterns from another dimension - these are some of the traits of character of Catch Thirty-Three, MESHUGGAH'S latest attack on the central nervous system. Avalon. 2005.


On their thirteenth release, Meshuggah got a little experimental. Not that the band hasn't always pushed the boundaries of their metal (likely one of the reasons they were picked to open for Tool on tour), but this album is more than the usual departure. For this, they have come up with an extremely rewarding album. Unlike like the full-throttle assault of Lamb of God and Shadows Fall, and more in line with bands such as Isis and Mastodon, Catch Thirty-Three contains fewer rapid-fire time changes and lets tone take over. It is an experiment in sustained riffs, rhythms, and progressions, making the hypnotic feel come across as conceptual. Some tracks are crafted to blend seamlessly with one another and others are nothing more than a simple, repetitive chords. Make no mistake; this is still one of the more brutal albums you will hear all year--the vocals are death-defying and the onslaught is pummeling. Just that this album uses repetition and silence in a way previous albums haven't. This is extreme trance music and likely one of the best metal albums of 2005. --Robert Arambel

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One can only wonder what effect I and Catch-33 will have on future, more live-friendly, Meshuggah material.
Rubin Carver
(The way music should be) And if its an album you really like, by all means, go out and buy the CD to show your support and love.
Albert Tomasura
The disc ends with unsettling yet invigorating echoes of guitar strings, which sound incredibly pure and clean.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on June 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Since Meshuggah don't often release a new proper album (five in about a decade and a half of existence), the arrival of a new full-length tends to become something of an event, with the band's rabid fan base dissecting its sound like film geeks picking apart a new Tarantino movie. You can already see the instant analysis on this site, and judging by the early returns Catch Thirty-Three has done a mighty nice job of polarizing Meshuggah's listeners. Of course, given Meshuggah's penchant for ignoring convention and tossing constant curveballs at their audience, perhaps that's exactly what they wanted. Catch Thirty-Three has already drawn some criticism from fans concerned about its departures from Meshuggah's norm, but these people may be missing the point. For one thing, Meshuggah has always been about experimentation, making sure each release sounds different from the one before it, and that pattern continues here. More to the point, while this album is more repetitive than the others, and Fredrik Thordendal's hyper-technical solos have been all but expunged, this album is clearly *supposed* to be a repetitive and streamlined effort by Meshuggah standards. The repetition, the extended atmospheric breaks, and the (slight) reduction of showy technicality enable the band to put more emphasis on its unrelentingly bleak sound and vision, and I for one am all for it.

Of course, it's safe to say that I'm somewhat biased when reviewing a Meshuggah album, given the fact that I worship them with a fervor typically reserved for one's deity of choice, but even the band's more casual listeners should find something to like here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Church of The Flaming Sword on May 31, 2005
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Meshuggah has never, and I mean NEVER, been a group to play by the rules. Especially within the "free-thinking" realm of heavy metal, which in many cases artists who decide to expand their parameters are labeled as "sellouts". Metal, which prides itself on values such as freedom and individuality, is full of reactionaries who claim to be non-conformist all the while attacking those that even slightly stray from their myopic worldview. What makes Meshuggah truly rebellious is not their image. They don't have a ridiculous Satanic or anti-establishment stance. They just avoid the cliches (blast beats, the clean vocal chorus, neoclassical soloing) that landed the genre into a quagmire while pushing it into an artistic plateau that few could possibly comprehend. Rebellion isn't challenging your enemies so much as it is challenging your peers when it is needed.

What can I say about _Catch 33_? For starters, it's going to be one of the most controversial metal releases of the year. Meshuggah has always been about reinventing themselves and _Catch 33_ is further validation of the fact. While earlier albums like _Destroy Erase Improve_ and _Chaosphere_ focused on adrenalized technicality, _Catch 33_ is about mood, repetition, and long simplistic near abscences throughout. There seems to be a lot an Isis/Godspeed You Black Emperor! influence here. It may come as a disappointment to some that the beats are programmed, but then again Tomas Haake's drumming always had a machine-like quality -not that that's a bad thing. There are two guitar solos on the whole album, and they are not of the shred variety. This is not, and I repeat NOT, an album for those with closed minds.

Of course, you're going to have the haters show out here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Chamberlain on May 31, 2005
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What do you do as a band when you don't have harmonies or melodies? Well...if you're a band like Sweden's Meshuggah you rely on rhythms. In their new release of Catch 33, Meshuggah churns out a more polished and overall more mature album than their previous outing of Nothing. Clocking in at 47 minutes and just labeled as one song with 13 sections, you know you're in for a ride. It shows that Nothing was merely Marten and Fredrik were just experimenting with their 8 string guitars, Catch 33 shows they now know how to use them.

Catch 33 starts off in a very un-Meshuggah kind of way. You're not blasted with the wall of sound of Concatenation or even the punishing opener of Stengah on Nothing. Instead the listener is greeted with a smooth opener almost like a roller coaster that just starts and is about to unleash mayhem. The first three sections are the same pattern and that is when track four unleashes a "Nebulous" type of rhythm structure. "Entrapment" is the only part of the song that features a solo and it is one of Fredrik's finest. The controversial spoken word "Mind's Mirrors" throws me personally a curve ball. Instead of the "Mr. Roboto" voice perhaps they could've used Tomas Haake's devilish vocals like that of Fredrik Throndel's Special Defects. Perhaps the album's finest moment starts at track 8 and doesn't stop. Fredrik and Marten unleash an amazing and dizzying array of guitar riffs. They are short intricate intervals that are dead on and leave you in shock.

Jens Kidman (vocals) continues to amaze me with just how dominating of a presence he has. There is seroiusly no singer that could match up with Meshuggah's brutality besides Jens. The dissappointing factor in Catch 33 is the absence of Tomas Haake and the placement of programmed drums.
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