The True Human Design review by Meshuggah

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  • Released: Aug 19, 1997
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (7 votes)
Meshuggah: The True Human Design

Sound — 8
This is an EP released in 1997 by Meshuggah. It was a teaser for their then-upcoming album Chaosphere, because it has a slightly altered version of "Sane" on it. It also has three versions of "Future Breed Machine" on it, and a few other songs that haven't been released on full-length albums yet. Overall, the album has a very technical metal sound to it, with some experimental elements present in the songs "Quant's Quantastical Quantasm" and "Friend's Breaking and Entering". There is also some comedy present in "Futile Bread Machine (Campfire Version)".

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are very deep and insightful, as they always are with Meshuggah. Jens Kidman's voice is intense, but it works well with the style of music his band is playing. Here's the tracklisting:

01. Sane - this is a slightly alternate version of the song "Sane" from the album Chaosphere. This version is a little longer than the final cut that appeared on Chaosphere. It is very heavy and fast, and has some good soloing work from Fredrik Thordendal.
02. Future Breed Machine (live) - this is an incredible live version of the famous song from the album Destroy Erase Improve. When I first heard it, I thought it was just an unmixed version of the album version, that's how good it sounds. Only when I heard the applause at the end I knew it was a live version.
03. Future Breed Machine (Mayhem version) - this is a slowed-down, alternate version of "Future Breed Machine" from Destroy Erase Improve. It has various sound effects added to it that make it much different than the original song.
04. Futile Bread Machine (Campfire version) - this is an alternate, acoustic version of "Future Breed Machine". It has Tomas Haake, the drummer, singing in a totally ridiculous voice, so this made me laugh. The funny thing is, he's singing the original lyrics, but he sounds totally retarded; this showcases Meshuggah's sense of humor.
05. Quant's Quantastical Quantasm - a very experimental song. Made up mostly of sound effects and what appears to be a drum machine. Not all that interesting.
06. Friend's Breaking And Entering - somewhat like the previous song, but with samples of "Future Breed Machine" in it.

Overall Impression — 8
This pales in comparison to some of Meshuggah's other albums. On the other hand, you can't really compare this to any other Meshuggah albums, being that this is only an EP. The most impressive songs are the alternate version of "Sane" and the live version of "Future Breed Machine". Overall, it's a good EP, it gets an 8 out of 10 in my book.

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    This is a great review. Very descriptive. It gave me a good idea about what to look forward to with this album. Great job!
    The ambient songs, although VERY different, are a great listen imo.