I (Meshuggah EP)

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An eye around several distorted faces screaming
EP by
Released13 July 2004 (2004-07-13)
StudioFear and Loathing Studios (Stockholm, Sweden)
GenreExtreme metal, progressive metal, avant-garde metal
LabelFractured Transmitter
Meshuggah chronology
Catch Thirtythree
2016 vinyl reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores

I is a one-song EP by Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah. It was released on 13 July 2004 via Fractured Transmitter Recording Company. A remastered reissue was released on 30 September 2014.[5]

The "Special Edition" adds Bleed and Dancers to a Discordant System live from The Ophidian Trek and Pitch Black


Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake said of the EP, "That whole track was written and recorded just on random. Me and Fredrik would just jam on something, and when we found something that was kind of cool, he would walk into the control room. I would just record drums and it wasn't a set pattern, I would just kind of stray away from the pattern, but just keep going in that vibe. Then we had to chart everything and go bar by bar to record the guitars afterwards, because it's all just random."[6] Thordendal would later post the chart of the first part of the song on his Instagram account.[7]

Haake later commented that the song was "originally recorded for Jason Popson's Fractured Transmitter record label" and that it was a "'one-off' that Nuclear Blast gave us the go-ahead for — as we were under contract with them."[5]

Track listing[edit]

The original vinyl release has track 1 on side A, and tracks 2-4 on side B while the 2016 re-issue only has track 1

All lyrics are written by Tomas Haake; all music is composed by Fredrik Thordendal.

Total length:21:00
Reissue track listing
2."Bleed" (live)7:33
3."Dancers to a Discordant System" (live)9:48
4."Pitch Black"5:57
Total length:44:18



  1. ^ "I - Meshuggah". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ Trey Spencer (25 September 2014). "Review: Meshuggah - I". Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby (1 August 2016). "Meshuggah - 25 Years of Musical Deviance". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  4. ^ Gross, Joe (November 2004). "Meshuggah - I (Fractured Transmitter)". Spin. p. 120.
  5. ^ a b "MESHUGGAH's 'I' EP To Be Reissued With Bonus Material". Blabbermouth.net. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  6. ^ Slevin, Patrick (12 March 2008). "Meshuggah: Challenges Collapse". The Aquarian. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  7. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/Br6KhX_FznH/