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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.   Lethargica
  6.   Suffer in Truth
  7.   Soul Burn
  8.   Obzen
  9.   Do Not Look Down
  10.   Glints Collide
  11.   Dehumanization
  12.   Sane
  13.   Pineal Gland Optics
  14.   Electric Red
  15.   Vanished
  16.   Inside What's Within Behind
  17.   Transfixion
  18.   Perpetual Black Second
  19.   This Spiteful Snake
  20.   Spasm
  21.   Mind's Mirrors
  22.   Shed
  23.   Concatenation
  24.   Combustion
  25.   Humiliative
  26.   Demiurge
  27.   The Mouth Licking What You've Bled
  28.   Ivory Tower
  29.   MonstroCity
  30.   Clockworks
  31.   Born in Dissonance
  32.   Behind the Sun
  33.   The Demon's Name Is Surveillance
  34.   Dancers to a Discordant System
  35.   I
  36.   Obsidian
  37.   Elastic
  38.   Ritual
  39.   Into Decay
  40.   Our Rage Won't Die
  41.   Nostrum
  42.   Violent Sleep of Reason
  43.   By the Ton
  44.   Swarmer
  45.   The Last Vigil
  46.   Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
  47.   Marrow
  48.   Pravus
  49.   Entrapment
  50.   Straws Pulled at Random
  51.   Debt of Nature
  52.   Paralyzing Ignorance
  53.   Sublevels
  54.   Acrid Placidity
  55.   Neurotica
  56.   Corridor of Chameleons
  57.   New Millennium Cyanide Christ
  58.   Gods of Rapture
  59.   Sickening
  60.   Stifled
  61.   Obsodian
  62.   Swarm
  63.   The Hurt That Finds You First
  64.   I Am Colossus
  65.   In Death - Is Death
  66.   The Paradoxical Spiral
  67.   Autonomy Lost
  68.   Stengah
  69.   Nebulous
  70.   Rational Gaze
  71.   Ayahuasca Experience
  72.   Don't Speak
  73.   By Emptyness Abducted
  74.   War
  75.   Choirs of Devastation
  76.   Internal Evidence
  77.   Terminal Illusions
  78.   Abnegating Cecity
  79.   Sovereigns Morbitity
  80.   Organic Shadows
  81.   Closed Eye Visuals
  82.   Futile Bread Machine
  83.   Pitch Black
  84.   Mind's Mirrors/In Death - Is Life/In Death - Is Death
  85.   Suffer in Thruth
  86.   Sum
  87.   Personae Non Gratae
  88.   Re-Inanimate
  89.   Imprint of the Un-Saved
  90.   Disenchantment
  91.   Cadeverous Mastication
  92.   Greed
  93.   We'll Never See the Day
  94.   Qualms of Reality
  95.   The Exquisite Machinery of Torture
  96.   Aztec Two-Step
  97.   Erroneous Manipulation

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