8. Meshuggah – Nothing (2002)
If cyborgs made music it would sound like this.
Powered by the robotic, barking vocals which emanate from the throat of Jens Kidman and the inhuman drumming courtesy of Tomas Hakke, Meshuggah’s sound was so futuristic in 2002 that it took a few years to coin a term which best described it; Djent was that onomatopoeic term and it eventually became a sub-genre all of its own.
On Nothing, Meshuggah discarded their previous Thrash influences and slowed their battery down, reaching a new level of brutality and complexity in the process. As groovy as a 70’s disco marathon, Nothing re-established Meshuggah’s established use of odd-time signatures and jarring, dissonant noise and detuned it; adding further weight to their caustic noise as they seem to bend time and space with each syncopated riff.
Each pummelling note on album highlights “Stengah”, “Rational Gaze” and “Straws Pulled At Random” feels like a roundhouse to the face, the band coming together as one to systematically and relentlessly batter you into submission.
Meshuggah were in a league of their own when they recorded Nothing, a lofty position they still hold to this day. The subsequent popularity of the Djent scene may have originated from their ingenious, futuristic sound but there is, and only ever will be, one Meshuggah.