Catch Thirtythree

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Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah - Catch Thirtythree - cover.jpg
Studio album by Meshuggah
Released May 16, 2005 (2005-05-16)
Recorded 2005
Genre Extreme metal, progressive metal, avant-garde metal
Length 47:18
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Meshuggah
Meshuggah chronology
Catch Thirtythree
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[2] 8.5/10[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[6]

Catch Thirtythree is the fifth album by Swedish metal band Meshuggah. It was released on May 16, 2005, in Europe, and on May 31, 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 songs written and composed by Tomas Haake and Mårten Hagström

No. Title Length
1. "Autonomy Lost"   1:36
2. "Imprint of the Un-Saved"   1:41
3. "Disenchantment"   1:44
4. "The Paradoxical Spiral"   3:13
5. "Re-Inanimate"   1:04
6. "Entrapment"   2:29
7. "Mind's Mirrors"   4:30
8. "In Death - Is Life"   2:02
9. "In Death - Is Death"   13:22
10. "Shed"   3:35
11. "Personae Non Gratae"   1:47
12. "Dehumanization"   2:57
13. "Sum"   7:17



  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Catch Thirty-Three - Meshuggah". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alternative Press | Reviews". Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "Blabbermouth.Net". Blabbermouth. 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. ^ "Meshuggah Album and Song Chart History". Retrieved December 2, 2012.