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

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