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As the name implies, Rare Trax is a compilation of hard-to-find tracks from the distant Meshuggah past. Included with a digital reawakening of the band's limited-to-1,000-vinyl-LPs debut (known as Psykisk Testbild even though it was technically eponymous) are demo cuts culled from throughout the band's history. It is interesting how the likes of "Sovereigns Morbidity" have an Exodus-like quality to them, especially since the band has since left such influences behind, and the self-effacing self-penned liner notes are amusing. However, Meshuggah has progressed to a much different (dare say, better) place over the years, and like most odds-and-sods comps, Rare Trax is best saved for nostalgic completists. ~ Brian O'Neill, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Umeå, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Offering a complex form of metal that combined the sweeping adventurism of math rock, the oddball tempos of experimental jazz, and the stunning brutality of thrash metal, Meshuggah raised the bar for metal bands everywhere upon their debut. The roots of Swedish metal band Meshuggah were planted in 1985; originally named Metallien, the founding lineup included frontman Roger Olofsson, guitarists Peder Gustafsson and Fredrik Thordendal, bassist Janne Wiklund, and drummer Örjan Lundmark. After a few...
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