Meshuggah, Destroy Erase Improve

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Destroy Erase Improve

You like things heavy? Try this one on for size.

These Swedish malcontents shattered the parameters of technical death metal with insane math-rock tempos, dizzying rhythm shifts and songs about self-preservation in the face of chaos. Destroy Erase Improve might not be Meshuggah's heaviest or most evolved offering, but it set the standard for metal fans who appreciate all things musically and thematically complex. And it did so without sounding the least bit pretentious, which is something all them elitist indie rockers could learn from.