Catch Thirtythree

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Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah - Catch Thirtythree - cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released16 May 2005 (2005-05-16)
Recorded2004 - 2005
StudioFear and Loathing Studios (Stockholm, Sweden)
GenreExtreme metal, progressive metal, avant-garde metal
LabelNuclear Blast
Meshuggah chronology
Catch Thirtythree
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press5/5 stars[2]
Blender3/5 stars[4]
PopMatters5/10 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[6]

Catch Thirtythree is the fifth album by Swedish heavy metal band Meshuggah. It was released on 16 May 2005 in Europe and on 31 May 2005 in North America, through Nuclear Blast. Catch Thirtythree entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 170.[8]

Meshuggah released a music video for the song "Shed". The song is also featured on the Saw III soundtrack.


Although Catch Thirtythree is printed as a full-length album with thirteen songs, it is actually a single continuous suite. The band themselves have said that even though it is a full-length release, it is still considered to be an experimental piece and not quite a bona-fide album. The musical direction is consistent with the evolution carried on from Nothing and I, utilizing heavy and texturous grooves, leaving most of the thrash elements behind. The album does, however, contain elements of the band's previously utilized jazz fusion elements.

Lyrically, the album is a concept album, revolving around different kinds of paradoxes, hence the title Catch Thirtythree (see Catch-22).

This is also the first full Meshuggah album where the drums are programmed rather than performed by drummer Tomas Haake. They are created using "Drumkit from Hell", a software synthesizer that uses Haake's drums and cymbals as samples.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tomas Haake and Mårten Hagström; all music composed by Meshuggah.

1."Autonomy Lost"1:41
3."Imprint of the Un-Saved"1:44
4."The Paradoxical Spiral"3:13
7."Mind's Mirrors"4:30
8."In Death - Is Life"2:02
9."In Death - Is Death"13:22
11."Personae Non Gratae"1:47
Total length:47:18



  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Catch Thirty-Three - Meshuggah". Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Alternative Press | Reviews". Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "Blabbermouth.Net". Blabbermouth. Archived from the original on 2005-04-27. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Blender review Archived December 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (June 3, 2005). "Meshuggah: Catch Thirtythree < PopMatters". Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Reviews for Catch Thirtythree at Sputnikmusic". August 12, 2007. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  7. ^ Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby (August 1, 2016). "Meshuggah - 25 Years of Musical Deviance". Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Meshuggah Album and Song Chart History". Retrieved December 2, 2012.