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Offering a complex form of metal that combined the sweeping adventurism of math rock, the oddball tempos of experimental jazz, and the stunning brutality of thrash metal, Meshuggah raised the bar for metal bands everywhere upon their debut. The roots of Swedish metal band Meshuggah were planted in 1985; originally named Metallien, the founding lineup included frontman Roger Olofsson, guitarists Peder Gustafsson and Fredrik Thordendal, bassist Janne Wiklund, and drummer Örjan Lundmark. After a few demos made the rounds, Metallien broke up and Thordendal continued the band with a different lineup and a different name. The original lineup of Meshuggah also included vocalist Jens Kidman, guitarist Johan Sjögren, bassist Jörgen Lindmark, and drummer Per Sjögren. A handful of demos followed before Kidman left the group to form a new outfit Calipash, with guitarist Torbjörn Granström, bassist Peter Nordin, and drummer Niclas Lundgren; the surviving members of Meshuggah soon disbanded, and when Granström left Calipash, Thordendal assumed guitar duties in the new band. Kidman and Thordendal then agreed to reclaim the Meshuggah name, and in 1989, the band released a three-song mini-LP. After signing to Nuclear Blast (and swapping Lundgren for new drummer Tomas Haake), they issued the full-length Contradictions Collapse in 1991. Second guitarist Mårten Hagström was recruited for 1993's None EP, followed two years later by Selfcaged; in the interim, however, the group was forced to maintain a low profile -- first Thordendal severed a finger in a carpentry accident, then Haake injured his hand in a mysterious grinder mishap. Destroy Erase Improve appeared later in 1995, and won over critics with its heady tempos and abstract approach. In 1997, Meshuggah returned with The True Human Design EP; that same year, Thordendal's side project, Special Defects, released their LP Sol Niger Within. Meshuggah reunited for 1998's Chaosphere, a thunderous album that was unbearably dense in its songwriting and scope. Several successful tours followed, and their incredible abilities were starting to be recognized by mainstream music magazines, especially those dedicated to particular instruments. Once they left the touring circuit, Meshuggah were surprisingly quiet, cooking up new material for a few years while a rarities disc marked the time. But in the summer of 2002, they released Nothing, a masterpiece of atmosphere that added psychedelic touches to their ever-tightening sound. Unique in almost every way, the album didn't make much of a mainstream impact but had metal fans banging their heads to 7/4 tempos and esoteric lyrics. A good word from Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack scored them a spot on the annual Ozzfest tour, where they flourished on the second stage, often stealing the show with their original and savage math metal. After a brief break, Meshuggah released the I EP in 2004. Composed of a single epic track, the complex arrangements of I were just a hint of what was to follow. Their next album, Catch Thirty-Three, was released the following year and proved to be their most ambitious to date. A remastered re-release of Nothing with a bonus DVD arrived in 2006. The same year, Meshuggah returned to the studio to record the album that would become obZen, their sixth, which was released in March of 2008 in advance of a world tour that began in the United States with the band in the opening slot for Ministry's final jaunt before moving to Europe, Asia, and Australia as a headliner. Their seventh album, Koloss, was issued in 2012 followed by the single and video for "I Am Colossus" and "Pitch Black" b/w "Dancers to a Discordant System (Live)," the following year. The Ophidian Trek, live audio and video packages were released in 2014. In the summer of 2016, the band and Nuclear Blast released 25 Years of Musical Deviance, an anniversary vinyl boxed set limited to 1,000 copies. It was a precursor to the band's new studio offering, The Violent Sleep of Reason, in the fall. ~ Jason Ankeny & Bradley Torreano
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  1.   Song
  2.   Bleed
  3.   Future Breed Machine
  4.   Beneath
  5.   Obzen
  6.   Glints Collide
  7.   Shed
  8.   Lethargica
  9.   Sane
  10.   Soul Burn
  11.   Suffer in Truth
  12.   Dehumanization
  13.   Do Not Look Down
  14.   Transfixion
  15.   Vanished
  16.   This Spiteful Snake
  17.   Electric Red
  18.   Inside What's Within Behind
  19.   Spasm
  20.   Pineal Gland Optics
  21.   Perpetual Black Second
  22.   Mind's Mirrors
  23.   Concatenation
  24.   Combustion
  25.   Demiurge
  26.   Born in Dissonance
  27.   Re-Inanimate
  28.   Ivory Tower
  29.   Clockworks
  30.   New Millennium Cyanide Christ
  31.   Rational Gaze
  32.   Terminal Illusions
  33.   Stifled
  34.   Autonomy Lost
  35.   I
  36.   Qualms of Reality
  37.   Humiliative
  38.   Into Decay
  39.   Our Rage Won't Die
  40.   Nostrum
  41.   Violent Sleep of Reason
  42.   By the Ton
  43.   Swarm
  44.   The Hurt That Finds You First
  45.   Behind the Sun
  46.   I Am Colossus
  47.   Dancers to a Discordant System
  48.   The Paradoxical Spiral
  49.   Stengah
  50.   Straws Pulled at Random
  51.   Don't Speak
  52.   By Emptyness Abducted
  53.   War
  54.   Choirs of Devastation
  55.   Abnegating Cecity
  56.   Acrid Placidity
  57.   Sickening
  58.   Ritual
  59.   Personae Non Gratae
  60.   Gods of Rapture
  61.   Mind's Mirrors/In Death - Is Life/In Death - Is Death
  62.   Swarmer
  63.   Obsodian
  64.   The Last Vigil
  65.   Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
  66.   Marrow
  67.   The Demon's Name Is Surveillance
  68.   Pravus
  69.   Suffer in Thruth
  70.   Sum
  71.   In Death - Is Death
  72.   Imprint of the Un-Saved
  73.   Disenchantment
  74.   Obsidian
  75.   Nebulous
  76.   Ayahuasca Experience
  77.   Debt of Nature
  78.   We'll Never See the Day
  79.   Internal Evidence
  80.   Erroneous Manipulation
  81.   Elastic
  82.   The Mouth Licking What You've Bled
  83.   Neurotica
  84.   Aztec Two-Step
  85.   Futile Bread Machine
  86.   Organic Shadows
  87.   Corridor of Chameleons
  88.   MonstroCity
  89.   Pitch Black
  90.   Closed Eye Visuals
  91.   Sovereigns Morbitity
  92.   Cadeverous Mastication
  93.   Greed
  94.   Sublevels
  95.   Paralyzing Ignorance
  96.   Entrapment
  97.   The Exquisite Machinery of Torture

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