Destroy Erase Improve is the second full-length album by Swedish metal band Meshuggah. It was released on July 25, 1995, by Nuclear Blast. This is the first studio album to feature rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström. Bassist Peter Nordin left the band during the supporting tour due to vertigo.
Describing the record as "one of the 90's definitive metallic works", Kevin Stewart-Panko argues that Destroy Erase Improve's unique fusion of genres amounted to a new "watermark" for heavy metal upon its release. Metal critic Martin Popoff regards Destroy Erase Improve as the first clear demonstration of what would become the quintessential Meshuggah sound, wherein "stutter gun" riffs and "upset apple cart time signatures" are featured alongside "bone-breaking" percussion, an approach which resulted in considerable influence in the development of genres like mathcore and djent. Popoff suggests that Destroy Erase Improve is the clear linchpin of Meshuggah's particular style, a "specific, nearly absurd proposal that only this band has dared to own."
The album was ranked number 42 on Rolling Stone 's 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time list.