Destroy Erase Improve

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Destroy Erase Improve
Studio album by Meshuggah
Released May 12, 1995 (1995-05-12)
Recorded February 1995 at Soundfront Studios, Uppsala, Sweden
Length 46:31
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Daniel Bergstrand, Meshuggah
Meshuggah chronology
Destroy Erase Improve
The True Human Design
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Destroy Erase Improve is the second full-length album by Swedish metal band Meshuggah. It was released on May 12, 1995, by Nuclear Blast. This is the first studio album to feature rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström and the final to feature bassist Peter Nordin, as he 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.[2] 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.[3] 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."[4]

The album was ranked number 42 on Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time list.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Future Breed Machine" Haake Thordendal 5:48
2. "Beneath" Haake Thordendal 5:38
3. "Soul Burn" Haake Haake, Thordendal 5:17
4. "Transfixion" Haake Hagström, Thordendal 3:33
5. "Vanished" Haake Thordendal 5:04
6. "Acrid Placidity" (instrumental) Hagström 3:15
7. "Inside What's Within Behind" Haake Kidman, Thordendal 4:30
8. "Terminal Illusions" Kidman Thordendal 3:47
9. "Suffer in Truth" Kidman Kidman 4:19
10. "Sublevels" Haake Thordendal 5:14
11. "Humiliative" (Japanese bonus track) Haake Kidman, Thordendal 5:15
12. "Ritual" (Japanese bonus track) Kidman Kidman 6:15
13. "Gods of Rapture" (live, Japanese bonus track) Haake Thordendal 4:55





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  2. ^ Stewart-Panko, Kevin (2009). Mudrian, Albert, ed. Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces. Da Capo Press. p. 213. ISBN 9780306818066. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (2003). The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time. ECW Press. p. 342. ISBN 1550225308. 
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (2004). The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. ECW Press. p. 305. ISBN 1550226002. 
  5. ^ "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.