Sound — 10
Meshuggah is by far the heaviest metal band in the world, and this CD proves this point 100%. Meshuggah are the first metal band to use 8 string guitars on a recording. This CD is a metalheads dream, brutal vocals, powerful guitar riffs, crushing drums. The guitar solos are highly jazz influenced as are the drums. Very original. Another difference is Meshuggah has no bassist, the guitars are so heavy they can't have one.
Lyrics — 10
Meshuggah's lyrical style is very different than any band from Sweden. Most Swedish bands are death or black metal and have harsh lyrics whereas Meshuggah bring a totally original sytle of writing to the table. Jens Kidman has one of the most brutal yells ever and can sing the offbeats like no one else. Tomas Haake's vocals on Spasm (track 8) are haunting and fitting to the songs incredibly low and heavy rhythm guitar work.
Overall Impression — 10
Personally I love this album and think most people who like metal should buy this album and musicians should listen to the guitars intricate work. Vocalists that do screaming vocals should listen to Jens brutal scream for inspiration. Overall I think this is both a turning point in Meshuggah's history and musics history.