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Release date: 14 July 2004
Style: Technical thrash metal, Math metal, Progressive metal


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Original edition:
01. I

2014 reissue edition:
02. I [Remastered]
03. Bleed [live]
04. Dancers To A Discordant System [live]
05. Pitch Black

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Remastered and reissued by Nuclear Blast with bonus tracks from the 'Pitch Black' EP and a bonus live track.

Pronounced 'eye' rather than 'one'. Tracks 'Bleed' and 'Dancers To A Discordant System' recorded during the Ophidian Trek world tour 2012-2013.

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Face it, longhair: the vast majority of metal releases that are coming out lately are nothing but inexcusable garbage. A quick overview of the genre's output during the last few years doesn't exactly give us a positive balance: after almost a decade of trying to make a permanent dent on the mainstream, American thrash metal pioneers like Megadeth or Anthrax are trying to get back to their halcyon days, with results that range from "uh..." to "catastrophic"; the once so powerful Swedish metal scene has taken the spotlight away from competent bands like Entombed or Dismember, shifting its attention towards such sissies like In Flames or Soilwork, bands that end up sounding not unlike Linkin Park in their attempts to incorporate poppier melodies (nu-death, anyone?); the metal-core scene (Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and their ilk) end up sounding like a 5th generation, limp-wristed At the Gates; and let's be honest for a minute: that power metal revival made by such *insertfavoritederogativeremarkhere* as Hammerfall or Edguy is, in layman's terms, an abortion.

published 07.12.2004 | Comments (3)

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Daydream Nation - 21.05.2011 at 19:44  
  Still blown away by this song. It's masterful.
Regolith - 22.09.2011 at 06:52  
Rating: 9 Whenever I want to show someone examples of insane, creative, innovative, mind-blowing metal music, I put this EP on. The first minute and 30-some seconds are enough to make you want to put it on pause and catch your spinning head. The rest is a gut-pummeling flurry of metal madness. Tomas Hakke said in an interview that they won't play it live because it's so random and crazy (paraphrasing). But i'd dare say it's not random in a bad way. The whole song (EP) flows together nicely. The randomness Mr. Hakke may be refering to is in some of the passages where there are no repeating parts, no breaks, no time...just... It's crazy.

Another aspect of the EP I enjoy is that it compliments Meshuggah's Catch 33 album quite well (IMO). I consider the two sister 'albums'. What is really strange is that Catch 33 is cut into 13 tracks but feels like it should be half that (because many songs are basically the same song but the masters felt the need to break them up), and 'I' feels like it should be many tracks but is only one.

Overall 'I' is a must-have for Meshuggah fans. It's fast, crazy, proggresive and epic. It should be noted that it is well mastered and has a great studio sound (as opposed to some of thier earlier releases). If you don't have it, get it!
Illog1cal - 25.11.2012 at 22:16  
  Not exactly well thought out music (the band have said this themselves), but it shows what this band is capable of and they certainly can create some very original sounds. This EP is precursor to a lot of the riffs on the albums that came after it.
Jaeryd - 17.04.2013 at 12:23  
Rating: 9 Holy shit.
Lit. - 21.01.2014 at 07:05  
  Not looking for well-thought out music if this is the end result. That ending riff is one of the coolest ever.
Dentura - 02.10.2014 at 23:04  
Rating: 9 Amazing EP, just got my copy of the remastered limited edition in the mail today, and it's a bona fide masterpiece.
Mehdi Taba - 06.11.2014 at 17:52  
Rating: 9 Almost impossible to play metal music!!!
I don't know why I was laughing hysterically at the time of listening!
Amazing musicianship.
Introspekrieg - 23.11.2014 at 08:17  
  Not sure what they were thinking changing the intro in the remastered version. When you are familiar with the song already, the change is jarring and off-putting. Remastering is fine but don't George Lucas it!
Lit. - 23.11.2014 at 09:02  
  They changed the intro? I don't hear anything different.
LeKiwi - 20.04.2015 at 21:33  
Rating: 9 Great album, but that extended ambient section puts me off quite a bit.

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