Music searching in the late 1990s was so different. You had the radio, you had concerts, you had some CDs on the cover of magazines. I read this great review of Chaosphere when it came out in1998.
Picked up the CD and it was like WTF.
I had tolerated most extreme metal but this was in off keys, math time signatures. I tried but did not get it? I wanted to like it but was not ready. In so many ways now the joke is that all their songs sound the same. They even have a YouTube video with whole albums in reverse, still sound the same.
The title track to Obzen has the most complicated drumming I have ever heard. I don't play the drums but it just seems tough. They kind of do it live? Still the album has something else to it.
So you do get it all. A new type of beat your not sick of, obscure lyrics you will never figure out 3/4 of, but when you do it could be deep? The recording quality is good and the band is consistent. Once you understand where they are coming from it starts to get entertaining. I like everything after Catch33 the best, though I know that there are folks into the old stuff.
I delight in weird ****, so I pretty much loved Meshuggah from the get-go.
A few random tracks I like: Sane, Spasm, I, Shed, Combustion, Bleed, The Demon's Name Is Surveillance.
I'm assuming all Meshuggah fans have heard Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects.