Meshuggah ‎– Destroy Erase Improve

Nuclear Blast ‎– NB 121-2, Nuclear Blast ‎– 27361 68742
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1 Future Breed Machine
Lyrics By – Tomas HaakeMusic By – Fredrik Thordendal
2 Beneath
Lyrics By – Tomas HaakeMusic By – Fredrik Thordendal
3 Soul Burn
Lyrics By – Tomas HaakeMusic By – Fredrik Thordendal, Tomas Haake
4 Transfixion
Lyrics By – Tomas HaakeMusic By – Fredrik Thordendal, Mårten Hagström
5 Vanished
Lyrics By – Tomas HaakeMusic By – Fredrik Thordendal
6 Acrid Placidity
Music By – Mårten Hagström
7 Inside What's Within Behind
Lyrics By – Tomas HaakeMusic By – Fredrik Thordendal, Jens Kidman
8 Terminal Illusions
Lyrics By – Jens KidmanMusic By – Fredrik Thordendal
9 Suffer In Truth
Lyrics By – Jens KidmanMusic By – Jens Kidman
10 Sublevels
Lyrics By – Tomas HaakeMusic By – Fredrik Thordendal

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Recorded and mixed at Soundfront Studios Uppsala, Sweden Feb-95.
Mastered at Cutting Room, Stockholm
All songs published by Regatta

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 27361 68742 7
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout: ['DOCdata Germany' logo] NB 121-2
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LL88
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 5231

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NB 121-2, 27361 68742 Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve(CD, Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 121-2, 27361 68742 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
NB 2933-1, 27361 29331 Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve(2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, Yel) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 2933-1, 27361 29331 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
NB 121-4 Meshuggah Destroy,Erase,Improve(Cass, Album) Nuclear Blast NB 121-4 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
27361 61212 Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve(CD, Album, RP) Nuclear Blast 27361 61212 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
VICP-5659 Meshuggah = メシュガー* Meshuggah = メシュガー* - Destroy Erase Improve = デストロイ・イレイズ・インプル-ヴ(CD, Album, RM) Victor VICP-5659 Japan 1995 Sell This Version


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November 30, 2014

While Fear Factory incorporated electronic and industrial influence to represent a dehumanized world, Meshuggah developed their progressive attitude to analyze spiritual and social implications of a dehumanized world. The two bands started from the same groovy modern thrash metal, but Meshuggah music hides more cerebral and contorted depths. Destroy Erase Improve (published in the same year as Demanufacture), is a son of Voivod clanging experiments, and it’s characterized by a schizoid tangle of riffs, a waterfall of dissonant solos close to Robert Fripp and Allan Holdsworth jazz delirium, with Cynic spirituality and inhuman death metal violence. There is no conventional melody or rhythm, in this perfect fusion of ancient prog metal and futuristic apocalypse. The first masterpiece conceived by the Swedish band.


August 2, 2014
After the unfortunate METALLICA-influence had waned and before the best writer left is this one perfect gem.
This is the sound and affect many, many bands desire but they usually don't live in near-utopian socialist Scandinavian countries with their own in-house studio as do these.
The clear (to me) success of this album over the subsequent releases proves that the best players on earth can only get so far without WRITING TO MATCH.
Consummately biomechanical extreme metal.


December 30, 2011

My main musical interst has always resolved around electronic music and then expanding into Jazz and Soul. I used to be anti-Rock on principle, maybe out of tribal loyalty from being a raver in the early nineties when most of the kids at school were into Rock and Indie. Part of me has always loved to cut loose and listen to intense and hard music, the kind of stuff that makes children cry and old people recoil in horror.

Of course you can get that from electronic music but it often resorts to comedic parody (e.g. Gabba) or lacks musicality (most hard Techno). So I got intrigued when I read about Meshuggah. This was a band that sites two of my favourite bands - Steely Dan and Earth, Wind & Fire as influences despite being known for making thrash metal. So what is the connection?

Meshuggah take the tough as steel dynamics of the hardest rock but play it with the sonic experimentation of Jazz musicians. Polythythmic onslaughts, growling vocals, multiple time signatures all combine to produce a thrilling ride for the senses. These guys can really play their instruments and produce an often brutal sound yet they are also not afraid to slow things down to give the music breathing space before moving into the next aural assault. This was their first album and few bands produce such an evolved and mature sound on their debut. If you want to hear something that blows out the cobwebs, and maybe your windows, without decending into mindless noise you need to hear Meshuggah.