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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Fractured Trans
  • ASIN: B0002JEO74
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I - Meshuggah

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I is an E.P. that features one 21 minute epic track from these Swedish metal masters!

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As with any Meshuggah CD it takes more than one time of listening to it before you can soak it all in and fully appreciate it.
E. Taber
This is probably Meshuggah's best work to date, and a must for anyone (even a new fan) who likes music and knows it can do more than just entertain.
Barry Lee Dejasu
Grey, though you obviously have an idea (at the very least) about good music, you're simply missing the point when it comes to Meshuggah.
B. Burr

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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on September 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It begins. Rolling drums underlying a choppy, muted riff, wrung through myriad rhythmic permutations. It is repeated for 90 seconds before disappearing under a hurricane of screaming dissonance, with guitars, screams, and drums all smeared together. Then it stops, ever so briefly.

Two minutes. Cymbals crash on every quarter-note, the snare cracks on every eighth-note. Below this anchor for the 16-note cycle, double-bass pedals and brutal 8-string guitars pound out terrorizing riffs, harshly underscoring certain measures at off-beat intervals. Jens Kidman's brutal vocals proclaim: "I - This fractal illusion burning away all structure towards the obscene."

Three minutes. Kidman's bloodthirsty declaration of "I drug these minds into ruin and contempt - the acid smoke of burning souls," brings back the opening motif for just a split second. The song breaks into an aggressively syncopated, twisty 4/4 riff with eerie, wailing guitar lines strung across. The rhythm becomes further and further bent until being wrenched into a nasty breakdown.

Five minutes. Meshuggah slows down the pace with a gargantuan, chugging riff. Your bones quake; your inner organs are forcefully rearranged. Kidman savagely growls, "The cogs turn, grinding away at ceaselessness -- willing it to dust," a point decisively punctuated when Thordendal unleashes a guitar solo that sounds like Alan Holdsworth with his brain attached to the SkyNet supercomputer. The flurry of notes is almost a tangible force, almost leaving one feeling cold, invasive pinpricks. Long strands of sadistically thick, speed-picked riffs sound like a massive artillery bombardment and the battering of drums like huge mechanical hummingbird wings beating at the air.

Near the eight minute point, everything drops out.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on January 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sometime in late 1994, a sentient blue-gray blob of alien slime landed on Earth and was enthralled by a stereo playing King Crimson's "Thrak." It then decided to further explore this idea of overlapping polyrhythms by building even more complex mathematical structures (while increasing the viciousness by a factor of 2.736). It managed to take possession of a group of Swedes and decided to channel its vision of mathematical insanity through their own death-metal sound. The result: Meshuggah. There ain't much in the way of melody, but there's the technicality/complexity of four other bands, combined with the brutality of three more (or one if that other band is Strapping Young Lad). It's an acquired taste.. except for the masochistic.. but it's a brain-melting blend of cerebral and visceral that's like nobody else. All sanity abandon, ye who enter.

I is probably the best introduction to Meshuggah out there. At 21 minutes it's easier to digest than a full-length album, but it shows all their facets in that short time.. slow-flowing guitar interludes, inhuman shredding, wickedly staggered rhythms, industrial torture, hyper-lightning freakouts, it's all here. The great thing is that even at ludicrous speed (check that 5:40-6:21 stretch!), there's no shortage of invention and ear-bending note lines to follow. That's not to even mention the inhuman drumming, which is as multilayered as it is savage (Tomas Haake is the Elvin Jones of metal).

Someone below complained about the first 90 seconds being nothing but mind-numbing repetition, but listen more closely and you'll realize that it's almost never the same riff twice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry Lee Dejasu on September 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After extensive searching both online and in stores, I finally ran across a copy of Meshuggah's newest release, "I," so here is my review. Something of a single or an EP, this is (as I'm sure many of you know by now) a 21-minute song, and a great culmination of this great band's many talents.

Meshuggah is a progressive metal band in both the literal and the obscure definition. Long songs and abnormal song structures (the antithesis of verse-chorus-verse, etc.) are only the surface features; what makes Meshuggah so progressive is what the structure of the actual musical delivery. I'm very uneducated in the world of musical structure and timing, but even I know there is something strange and wonderful about how Meshuggah writes their music. The drumming is never following the same timing as the guitars; the bass seems to fly off on its own. The vocals are on their own schedule. It seems like a mess...but it could not be more precise and perfectly executed. The more you understand about music and song structure, the more fun and wild Meshuggah becomes. These guys are far more than just loud and heavy.

Speaking of heavy, Frederick Thordendal and Marten Hagström are, without a doubt, the heaviest guitar duo of all time. They play not six, not seven, but 8 strings, yes, count them, EIGHT, string guitars, achieving a heaviness unknown to mankind. Frederick Thordendal also plays all the leads, which are just unearthly. I mean, these are not normal guitar solos here. These are...I don't know how to describe them. Just listen! And Tomas Haake is a crazy drummer. Calling him "versatile" or "complex" is an insult to his insane way of playing. Again, no words can describe how insanely, um...well, INSANE his drumming is.
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