Nuclear Blast
Release date
1 Jan 2007
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Stengah 5:37 67,818
2 Rational Gaze 5:24 86,941
3 Perpetual Black Second 4:38 64,737
4 Closed Eye Visuals 7:24 51,904
5 Glints Collide 4:54 51,430
6 Organic Shadows 5:06 48,268
7 Straws Pulled At Random 5:15 55,645
8 Spasm 4:13 53,066
9 Nebulous 7:05 45,157
10 Obsodian 8:32 4,126

About this album

Nothing is the fourth album by Swedish metal band Meshuggah, originally released in 2002. The album entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 165, slightly higher than the band’s following effort, Catch Thirtythree.[6]
A last-minute decision to join 2002’s Ozzfest tour forced the band to mix the album in two days and to master it in one. It was re-mastered for a new re-release with re-recorded guitars in 2006.

The songs on this album consist of slower tempos and a heavy focus on groove instead of the thrash metal stylings of previous albums. This stylistic change led to mixed reviews from fans, though it received a warmer reception from mainstream critics than the band’s previous efforts. Jazz fusion elements such as the interludes found in some songs on the band’s Destroy Erase Improve album are still present in this release.

This is also the first album where guitarists Fredrik Thordendal and Mårten Hagström experiment with 8-string guitar tunings, though the album was recorded using detuned 7-string guitars, due to their custom Nevborn guitars not being ready.

The track “Rational Gaze” was promoted with three music videos; the first was a repetitive black-and-white sequence of pictures, and did not have much connection with the song structure; the second version, directed by Torbjörn Oyesvold, featured a blue-greenish environment with the band performing, heavy post-processed by blurry video filters; the third version, entitled “Mr.

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  • OcellatedGod

    8 Jan 8:02pm Reply
  • The5thcolum

    I still remember when I first bought this album. I was a kid just getting into metal for the first time and I had heard nothing like this before. It took me probably 10 full listens to understand what was going on, but once I did, the album didn't leave my portable cd-player for months! The remake is cool, but it just doesn't hit me the same way as the original.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • LOLsharms

    the only way i can tell which version i'm listening to is by whether stengah starts in my left ear or right ear lmao

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    "and definitely more dynamics" Dynamic range meter doesn't think so: Original, Remake

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • GregReason

    The remake is heavier sounding but the original has more atmosphere imo, and definitely more dynamics. It's nice to have both but if I had to pick one I'd take the original.

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • kalovorot_music

    We made an album that is influenced from Meshuggah:

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Codera

    This is a great album! Not my favorite, but still a highly enjoyable one!

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Siberian_Tumour

    Хуйня полнейшая.

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • poohliveslarge

    characteristic Meshuggah album. my long time favourite

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JackMart

    I'm surprised it took so long to understand what's the better one... :3

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MnemicMunky

    That's better, now lets keep it that way, folks

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MnemicMunky

    but this should be yellow Nothing, so why blue cover?

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ketamineface

    much prefer the re-issue! especially the remastered rational gaze, so fuckin heavy.

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Gorgutsfan7

    I prefer the original, although the re-issue is still awesome. The original is just way more raw and intense in my opinion. Play both of them in your car, full blast. TRUST ME, you will feel aurally abused from the original; heavy to the point of absurdity.

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • DIME1968

    My favorite album...

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TangerineStars

    I prefer this to the reissue but the reissue is still nice

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • AlienEuphoria

    I feel the band achieved the whole "ideology" of a chillingly harsh, hollow experience much better with the Re-issue. The drums production could be better, but the guitar and vocals are leagues ahead from the original.

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • burgercock

    the original is best. the end

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Chabenso

    @Tricksy_: I think the remake is actually heavier then the original. They also play with 7 strings on the older one, with 8 strings it gets more brootal and the vocals are pretty hardcore as well :D. If I compare the 2 versions of Closed Eye Visuals.... I would choose the remake. Its soo DEEP.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • LilLioness

    The problem with the original is that mix is awful. Much of it sounds segmented to the point where the instruments don't sound like they fit together, Essentially, the original sounds like a bonus disc collection of demos (at least to me). It doesn't make the music itself awful, but I always get distracted by it while trying to listen to it.

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
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