Sep 11

Meshuggah – I (Special Edition EP) (2014)


Meshuggah - I (Special Edition) - Artwork

To continue celebrating the 25th anniversary of Swedish metal mammoths Meshuggah. The band had decided to
release the famous 21 minute opus, ‘I’ along with 2 live songs from the 2012 – 2013 Ophidian Trek World Tour, and the song Pitch Black which was released on a EP last year. All this will be release on a special edition CD that would hit the shelfs at your closest record store this fall. 

This special edition opens with I, a 21 minutes of structured metal, as it could be considered as one of the most complex musical piece created by Meshuggah, and without doubt one of the pieces that had influenced the ‘modern metal’ scene. Now this musical masterpiece can be appreciated from many angles, from the technical prospective and the innovation that had at the time, or simply from the heaviness and brutality of the piece. From whatever angle you admire this musical piece, for sure the musicianship level will take your breath away even 10 years after it was created.

The EP continues with Meshuggah‘s prime anthem, Bleed, a live version taken from their 2012 – 2013 Ophidian Trek World Tour. There is so much the ‘modern metal’ scene owns to Meshuggah’Bleed, that even though when there are thousands of bands playing ‘djent’ or technical metal, none of them still in the position to say they had created something new that Meshuggah had already tried or at least started. Bleed, besides being a model that defined a whole generation, is also one of the most heavy pieces of metal ever created. Is like a exact swiss watch in which you are able to hear every single mechanism forming a solid and cohesive destructive sound.

Dancers To A Discordant System, originally released on the obZen (2008) album is another live track taken from the 2012 – 2013 Ophidian Trek World Tour. This live version has a huge melodic approach, even for how technical and complex Meshuggah‘s music is. The bass guitar sounds on this track is particulary good, in my opinion more polished that the guitar work on this particularly track. The EP closes with the rare song Pitch Black, that was released on a limited edition EP last year. This track is a total trip, as even though it carries the signature of the band, This song comes across as a weird track, that could be described as a singular wonder within the Meshuggah universe.

The EP is one piece more that the band released, in order for us to try and understand their musical greatness. And even though there is a lot of bands out there trying to replicate their sound, and market it as something else. There is only one Meshuggah. Now, with this small musical appetizer out there, we can wait for a full course album, that could satisfy our hunger for structured extreme metal.


1 – I
2 – Bleed (live)
3 – Dancers To A Discordant System (live)
4 – Pitch Black

Genre: Extreme Metal

Record Label: Nuclear Blast

Playing Time: 44 Minutes

Line Up:

Jens Kidman – Vocals
Fredrik Thordendal – Guitars
Mårten Hagström – Guitars
Tomas Haake – Drums
Dick Lövgren – Bass


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