Sound — 10
Meshuggah released a ground breaking album back in 2002, Nothing. This was the first time any metal band or recording artist went to the edge and back more than once in so many ways. The first being their use of insanely low tunings (no they did not use 8 string guitars to record the original Nothing). The guitar tones on the Nothing Reissue are more crushing than the original and have a much more defined sound to them. You can hear notes that you couldn't hear originally. Some songs were extended (Obsidian and Nebulous) but only the rhythm guitars were re-recorded on all the tracks. The drums were over dubbed with sampled hits to replace the cymbals and snare. They still use the original beats just triggered samples over them. Meshuggah decided to re-release this cd, remixed, largely due to the fact they had to rush to record the original version of Nothing and they said they didn't like how it sounded.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on all Meshuggah albums are great, but this album mainly dwells in odd topics. The lyrical content is incredibly original and well thought out thanks to Tomas Haake's crazed mind! Jens' vocals are always guttral and this time around is no exception. The lyrics fit the almost mechanical music so well it's scary.
Overall Impression — 10
The re-release of Nothing is a great addition to any Meshuggah fan's library, especially thanks to the bonus DVD that has 3 great songs(Straws Pulled At Random, In Death Melody from Catch 33 and Future Breed Machine) from 2005's Download Fest in England. The whole album is very impressive musically, especially rhythmically. Stand out songs would be Rational Gaze, Perpetual Black Second, Closed Eye Visuals, Straws Pulled at Random and Spasm. I love how original Meshuggah can be on ever release they have. Tomas Haake and Fredrik Thordendal are 2 of the greatest musicians to ever grace this Earth and it shows all too well in both the new and old versions of Nothing.