Catch Thirtythree

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Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah - Catch Thirtythree - cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released16 May 2005 (2005-05-16)
StudioFear and Loathing Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
GenreExtreme metal, avant-garde metal, progressive 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]

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.[7]

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 are written by Tomas Haake and Mårten Hagström; all music is composed by Meshuggah.

1."Autonomy Lost"1:41
2."Imprint of the Un-Saved"1:36
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 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Alternative Press | Reviews". Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "Blabbermouth.Net". Blabbermouth. Archived from the original on 27 April 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  4. ^ Blender review Archived 29 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (3 June 2005). "Meshuggah: Catch Thirtythree < PopMatters". Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  6. ^ Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby (1 August 2016). "Meshuggah - 25 Years of Musical Deviance". Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Meshuggah Album and Song Chart History". Retrieved 2 December 2012.