MESHUGGAH — Contradictions Collapse / None

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Boxset / Compilation · 1998

Tracklist


1. Paralyzing Ignorance (04:28)
2. Erroneous Manipulation (06:21)
3. Abnegating Cecity (06:31)
4. Internal Evidence (07:27)
5. Qualms of Reality (07:10)
6. We'll Never See the Day (06:03)
7. Greed (07:06)
8. Choirs of Devastation (04:00)
9. Cadaverous Mastication (07:32)
10. Humiliative (05:17)
11. Sickening (05:47)
12. Ritual (06:17)
13. Gods of Rapture (05:11)

Total Time 79:10

Line-up/Musicians


- Jens Kidman / vocals, rhythm guitar
- Fredrik Thordendal / lead guitar
- Peter Nordin / bass
- Tomas Haake / drums

About this release

CD released 26th January 1998 on Nuclear Blast Records (NB 292-2 / 27361 62922) compiling the Contradictions Collapse album and the None EP.

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siLLy puPPy
Combo packs are always cool because more often than not you get a good deal that includes some rare or hard to track down tracks that have been out of print for a while but often such compilations throw you a curve ball by advertising one thing and only delivering an incompletion of the entire package. Such is the case with the 1998 MESHUGGAH compilation that combined the 1991 debut album “Contradictions Collapse” with the following 1994 EP “None.” The original release by Nuclear Blast was only available in digipak but has since been released as a regular CD as well as vinyl 12”.

This compilation contains all eight tracks from the original “Contradictions Collapse” plus the extra track “Cadaverous Mastication” which appeared originally on the debut self-titled EP (also known as “Psykisk Testbild”) but has been tacked on to later versions of MESHUGGAH’s debut full-length album. While this is fine and dandy, what irks me is that the EP “None” only appears with the first four tracks while the fifth “Aztec Two-Step” has been eliminated due to time limits since it skirted close to the eleven minute mark. While some have stated they find the track annoying, i personally love it and find the “None” experience incomplete without it. Other than that the album flows along with both releases appearing in order of original release.

One thing i do appreciate about this combo pack is that it represents in full contrast the great leap of technical prowess that MESHUGGAH undertook during the three year period between. The debut found the band still stuck in their early Metallica worship years with many riffs lifted directly from albums like “Master Of Puppets” and “…And Justice For All” although the band was starting to unleash the latent experimental freakery which at the time was still kept on a leash. The difference between the last track of “Contradictions Collapse” and the leading “Humiliative” from “None” is stark as it clearly displays how progressive, technical and experimental the band had become as it shed its thrash dependencies and sallied forth into the brave new world of djent-ology.

Since “None” is incomplete, this is really just an edition of “Contradictions Collapse” with four bonus tracks but four really good bonus tracks that hopefully will lead to acquisition of the actual EP in its entirety. While many may not really care if a mere one track is missing, especially from an EP which is often regarded as supplemental, then this is not a bad way to go but for me, “None” is the far superior release and deserves to be experienced in its entirety. I understand why these sorts of comps are released considering many wouldn’t bother to track down the EPs that lurk between the cracks but it totally irritates me when such comps represent themselves as being the complete editions at hand but take liberties in editing out relevant material. Oh well.

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