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Nothing marked a breakthrough for Meshuggah in North America as the band essentially became a household name with their dominating 2nd stage performances on Ozzfest 2002, their music featured + band name mentioned by Jack Osbourne on a popular episode of the hit MTV series The Osbournes, receiving an abundance of air-play for their ''Rational Gaze'' music video on MTV2 & Fuse and by being hand-picked not once but twice by Grammy award winning artist, TOOL, as direct support on two full-scale National arena tours! Completely re-mixed, re-mastered & edited with re-recorded guitars, Nothing has mutated into a much heavier precisely- punishing, mind-mangling mathematical monster than the original 2002 release!

1. Stengah
2. Rational Gaze
3. Perpetual Black Second
4. Closed Eye Visuals
5. Glints Collide
6. Organic Shadows
7. Straws Pulled At Random
8. Spasm
9. Nebulous
10. Obsidian

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B000I0QL28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
What a misunderstood album. Simple? Ha. Less complex than past Meshuggah albums? Um, no.
_Nothing_ is full of illusion. Things are not as they appear. Here, you will find rhythmic techniques never before applied to metal -- ideas likely to be seen in Indian classical music and African music, yes...not metal. For Meshuggah, the Rhythm is an entity on its own. The musicians are an extension of the rhythm. One must study the rhythms to see the light.
People complain that _Nothing_ is very slow. This is largely true, but maybe even Meshuggah would find it tough to play this music any faster. The rhythmic techniques implemented here are much easier to play at a slower tempo, and they are easier to hear for that matter. "Nebulous" is an slightly different example -- it's SLOW in quarter-note 45 bpm. And it is exactly for its dearth of speed that I figure it would be extremely challenging to play live. The polyrhythm is extra twisted at this laggard speed -- these drum parts are very tricky precisely because they are so slow.
_Nothing_'s music warps the mind. Rhythmic chimeras distort one's perception and confuse, until one deciphers the real technique involved. In many cases, Meshuggah makes groups of sixteenth notes sound like quarter-note triplets, and the feats they accomplish with this is remarkable. Apparent changes in meter are actually the same time signature. Sometimes a "new" riff appears when actually it is the same group of sixteenth notes.
Following the 16-beat cycle sometimes makes it easier to see what is happening. "Straws Pulled at Random" is a good example of this. The last riff of this song (you hear it before the solo at the end) is SO sick.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on August 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Every now and then, a band comes along the scene that challenges, confuses, and to some extent, outrages many listeners with their controversial artistic output. When I say controversial, I don't necessarily mean offensive, but, to provoke very strong reactions: whether positive or negative. Meshuggah is a band that fits this description perfectly - at least in the metal community. Come to think of it, I may as well mean to outrage, as Meshuggah has seemed to garner some pretty strong reactions from listeners. The negatives would be along the lines of "this band has no talent, and just make noise like a bunch of children who don't know how to play their instruments," and the positives would be something like "these guys are geniuses."

I'll try to shed some light on Meshuggah's music, though many here have already done an excellent job on explaining what these guys are about. Meshuggah are a math-metal band, and what this means is that they make use of many odd time signatures, and use them in mathematical fashion, which will make the rhythms/tempos (or beats) sound really weird or "abnormal." Not only that, most of their music is atonal, or amelodic, which in sonic terms, seemingly eludes typical (and/or pleasant) melodies. This creates two strong possibilites: (1). Musicians will be the main people who will understand and appreciate this music. (2). Listeners who are only accustomed to standard rhythmic and tonal/melodic music will condemn this as pure "noise."

On 1995's _Destroy Erase Improve_, Meshuggah created a nice balance of standard, aggressive metal, intermingled with polymeters and odd-time signatures. That album was probably the most accessible of these.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "captainbloodloss" on August 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Nothing is definitively Meshuggah. The wonderful thing about being able to say that right up front is that it puts all fears at rest. It's a great feeling to know that when you are reviewing, analyzing and critiquing this album, you do so not from the perspective of asking, "is it any good or is it disappointing," but rather from the perspective of asking, "how does this god-awesome onslaught of music that so clearly once again leaves all other bands lying in the dirt compare to the other two albums of music that have left all other bands in the dirt?" In other words this review basically asks the question, "clearly it rules all other band's [expletive], so now let's compare it and contrast it to other Meshuggah and point out its high points (and if possible low points, but I'm having a hard time finding them)."

From my perspective, DEI was the band's first break from the ties of the generic to something really revolutionary. But DEI still held a clear tie into traditional Metal. One of the reasons why DEI is in some ways my favorite album is because it combined revolutionary technical skill and the absolutely unique uses of non-standard instrumentation, poly rhythms and bizarre phrasing and time signatures in about a 50% mix with traditional style, groove, flow and melody. In other words, Meshuggah keeps reminding you of all the familiar old sonic bastions of hard music that every enthusiast knows and loves while inviting and enticing the listener to take it to the next level - that next level being technical mastery and real food for the brain as well as the emotions.
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