I purchased this reissue/re-recording and took the CD and put it in my disc changer along with the original version of “Nothing,” and hit random-play, so I could compare the sound of the two versions. Initially (and for the most part I still feel), my impression was that the guitars do sound a lot better … but the bottom end (drums and bass) have been toned down a bit in the mix on this new version. Sometimes I think the new mix improves the song, but for other tracks I like the orginal mix better. It’s almost as if the new mix is clearer, with the re-recorded guitars more clearly defined. But sometimes, I prefer the older, slightly muddier guitar sound, because it makes the groove even trickier to follow.
At the end of the day, I can’t exactly argue with the thinking of lead guitarist extraordinaire Fredrick Thordendal, who was apparently the band member most responsible for the decision to re-record the guitars. But I’m not sure I’ll ever decide once and for all which version is best.
On the other hand, the DVD is a great buy for any Meshuggah fan. Yes, some of the live footage borders on seizure-inducing with the rapid edits, but this is Meshuggah after all. The crazy fast paced video suits the crazy music. The performances are all top-notch; not that this band would ever deliver anything but. The music videos are actually not that interesting, but worth having; of course the video for “New Millenium Cyanide Christ” remains the greatest “air-band” video ever.
So if you think of this as a good DVD with a cool new mix of a great album, then I’m sure you’ll be more than satisfied with your purchase.