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For the pictogram created by Michael Moorcock, see Symbol of Chaos.
Studio album by Meshuggah
Released 10 November 1998 (1998-11-10)
Recorded Dug-Out, Uppsala, Sweden
Area 51 and Uae-Function studio, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Extreme metal, progressive metal, avant-garde metal
Length 47:27
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Daniel Bergstrand, Fredrik Thordendal
Meshuggah chronology
The True Human Design
Rare Trax
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 8.6/10[2]

Chaosphere is the third album by Swedish metal band Meshuggah. It was released on 10 November 1998, by Nuclear Blast. Chaosphere's sound is an almost complete departure from the thrash style of the band's previous releases, instead focusing on the technical, polyrhythmic, groove-oriented sound they would continue to explore on subsequent albums. A video was made for "New Millennium Cyanide Christ".

The Japanese version of the album contains a bonus song, titled "Unanything", as track 9. This song was also included on the promotional card-sleeve CD as track 6. At the end of the track 8, all the songs from the album are played at once.

The "Reloaded" re-release features four of the five tracks from The True Human Design EP.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Concatenation" Haake Thordendal 4:17
2. "New Millennium Cyanide Christ" Haake Thordendal, Hagström 5:36
3. "Corridor of Chameleons" Haake Thordendal 5:02
4. "Neurotica" Hagström Hagström 5:20
5. "The Mouth Licking What You've Bled" Haake Thordendal 3:57
6. "Sane" Haake Kidman, Hagström 3:49
7. "The Exquisite Machinery of Torture" Haake Haake, Thordendal 3:56
8. "Elastic" Haake Hagström 15:30
9. "Unanything" (Japanese bonus track) (Instrumental)   3:01
Re-release bonus tracks
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
10. "Sane" (demo version) Haake Kidman, Hagström 4:07
11. "Future Breed Machine" (Mayhem version) Haake Meshuggah 8:11
12. "Futile Bread Machine" (Campfire version) Haake Meshuggah 3:29
13. "Future Breed Machine" (Quant's Quantastical Quantasm) Haake Meshuggah 7:30
14. "Future Breed Machine" (Remix) Haake Meshuggah 6:46




  • Daniel Bergstrand – recording, mixdown
  • Fredrik Thordendal – recording, mixdown
  • Peter in de Betou – mastering (at Cutting Room, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Tomas Haake – artwork, design
  • Meshuggah – art direction
  • John Norhager – band photo


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  2. ^ Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby (August 1, 2016). "Meshuggah - 25 Years of Musical Deviance". Retrieved August 1, 2016.