Converge & In Flames Added To Meshuggah & Torche’s Fall U.S. Tour

Converge and In Flames have been added to select dates of Meshuggah and Torche’s upcoming U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

With Converge:

09/16 Worcester, MA – Palladium
09/17 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
09/18 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
09/20 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
09/21 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
09/23 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life (Meshuggah only)
09/24 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
09/25 Columbus, OH – Express Live
09/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/28 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theatre
09/29 Chicago, IL – Radius
09/30 Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live

With In Flames:

10/02 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/04 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
10/07 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
10/08 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/09 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/10 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/12 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
10/13 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/15 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/16 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

Meshuggah Premiere “Broken Cog” Music Video

Meshuggah have premiered a new video for their new song “Broken Cog.” This track is from the band’s new album “Immutable,” which was released today (April 1). In other news, Tomas Haake will also be hosting an “Immutable” listening party today at 12:00pm PDT / 3:00pm EDT HERE.

Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake Further Discusses His Battle With Eczema

During a recent interview with Metal Injection, Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake further discussed his struggles with eczema on his hands. Fortunately, the drummer is “getting better.”

Haake said the following:

“I had this problem. It started two years ago. In January of 2020, I started getting eczema on the inside of my hands. Obviously, ‘perfect’ for a drummer — I mean, it’s ‘perfect’ for anyone, ’cause we all need our hands to function for just day-to-day life. So it’s not just about an annoying thing to play drums and to have this condition; it’s annoying for everything you do. And I’m probably one of the few people on earth that did not put alcohol [hand sanitizer] on my hands at all once during the whole pandemic thing, because I basically couldn’t; I would have probably fainted. ‘Cause I used to have all these cracks and stuff in my hands because of this skin condition. But it’s actually, yes, it’s getting better, and — knock on wood — over the last week it’s been getting a lot better. And hopefully it’s going the right way.”

He also talked about the treatment he received:

“I talked to a nutritionist, actually. ‘Cause I’ve been to all the… I don’t know how many doctors and places I’ve been to since this started, and we’ve done all the tests that you can do as far as contact eczema and on your back, all those patches and stuff like that — I did that twice. And I went to a psoriasis place — they thought initially that it was psoriasis related — so I had 30 sessions of UV light kind of sessions for my hands. Nothing helped; nothing had done anything. So a buddy of mine, a drummer buddy here in Stockholm, suggested I talk to this guy that he knew who is a nutritionist for one of the soccer teams here in Stockholm. And so I called him up and we spoke, like, probably about an hour and a half and I described how it all started and what kind of life I live and all that stuff. And he basically told me, ‘Start eating Q10, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), because I think there might be something there. You’re not producing this stuff enough, and that will have an effect.’ ‘Cause I also started losing my hair and stuff like that way faster than I had been. So I figured this is connected. And I’ve known, or felt, all along that this was not contact allergy related at all, because I tried everything. I used these cotton gloves for months on end. As soon as I was touching anything, like as far as keyboard mouse, anything that you would come in touch with on a daily basis, I was using gloves and it didn’t do any difference either. So my belief was always more that it’s internal something. And actually after now — this is day number five or six of taking Q10, and it’s way, way better. So, knock on wood, but if it keeps going like this, it’s definitely going the right way, for sure.”

He continued after being asked how he initially discovered his issue:

“I remember we were at a hotel in Venice Beach [California] right after the NAMM show of 2020, and we were watching movies in bed and I was holding this tablet of mine that had like a foldout thing, so I was holding that for a few hours. And the day after, it actually started. It started like a contact eczema right in those points where I’d been holding this tablet. So it just started on my two index fingers and my thumbs. But over time, it changed into something else and it started spreading all over my hands and stuff. So it went from maybe it started because of something going on with my immune system or something — maybe it started as a contact eczema; that was the triggering thing — but then it was something else that made it not go away but turn into this monster inside my hands.”

He also added:

“Apart from when we rehearsed for the [upcoming MESHUGGAH] album, which would have been maybe a month that we rehearsed before the album and then actually recording the album, I haven’t really played any drums at all since August 2019. Because to play, I have to really severely tape all my fingers and thumbs and I have to put both hands into gloves and then use grip tape on both sticks. And I have been using a stickwrap thing on the right stick and a glove on my right hand for a bunch of years, but that’s more to relax my arm and not use so much force to kind of hold on to the stick. I started doing that more for kind of ergonomic reasons than anything else. But this now turned into something I have to really, really, really tape everything up. The scary part is it’s one thing to do that when you’re in rehearsal and you can just [say], ‘Stop, stop stop. I’ve gotta retape this.’ And the same in this studio — you can take whatever time you need. But to go out and play live for an hour and a half, obviously, it’s not gonna work. You can’t just stop the show and tape up your hands. So, of course, it’s been kind of scary… I really [tried] to remain positive and not just go dark over the whole thing. And I didn’t. I really kind of just — not ‘shrugged’ it off is the wrong word, because I did go to see a lot of different people and dermatologists and doctors and stuff.”

Haake also expressed disapproval with basic health services in Sweden:

“The problem — it’s a little annoying — is that general care [in Sweden], when you go to a hospital and stuff, unless you really pay a shit-ton of money to go see people that will care about you properly because you pay them to care about you, regular care at a hospital, they won’t really look at everything that you tell them. They have their certain way of, like, ‘Yeah, but we do these tests like this because this is how we do them. We go through this test.’ I tell them, ‘We don’t have to do that because I know it’s not that.’ ‘Yeah, but we do it like this,’ and you have to either accept that or you have to go somewhere else and pay your way for every little thing. And just like in the U.S., if you go that route — you can here — but just like in the States, it would be insanely expensive. But it is a little annoying that they don’t really look at it holistically. It was not really much interest or talks about the kind of life I live, what I eat, what I could be missing, if there’s something that’s missing and stuff like that. Yeah, that’s a little annoying sometimes in this case. And if nothing else, it’s what made it take two years before I talked to the right person about this. At least that’s how it feels now, because right off the bat, he was, like, ‘This is internal. I promise you it’s internal. You’re lacking something that makes… You don’t have the repairing. The firefighters are gone. They’re not going to your hands to repair it. And that’s usually then something internally.'”

[via Blabbermouth]

Meshuggah Drummer Tomas Haake Opens Up About His Battle With Eczema

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake revealed that he is battling eczema. The skin condition has been affecting the drummer’s hands and his doctors have yet to find a treatment to help him.

Haake said the following:

“I have this eczema inside my hands. I’ve got to tape up all my fingers and put on gloves just to mess around on the kit, even. That means I haven’t really touched the drums since we recorded the album, and that was, like, early April. So I’m almost a year out, without even hitting a drum.”

He continued:

“I’ve been to so many specialists and dermatologists about this at this point and they’re all like, ‘Huh?’ They say it looks like contact eczema, but we’ve ruled that out because I’ve done all the tests that you can do, as far as anything that I might come in contact with. It goes up and down, but it’s a bummer, for sure, whether you’re a drummer or not. I mean, we all need our hands to function for daily life.”

He also added that he still intends to perform:

“These hands are bumming me out, man. I try to stay positive about things like this and not allow myself to just get all depressed over it. It is what it is. We’ll see if some new doctor has something important to tell me that helps me clear this up. But, yeah, I mean, if not, I will still have to play.”

Meshuggah Cancel Several Dates On European Tour With Zeal & Ardor

Meshuggah have announced the revised schedule for their European/UK tour with Zeal & Ardor. The German and Italian shows have been cancelled, while the Paris, France show has been rescheduled.

Tour Dates:

05/13 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
05/14 Nancy, FRA – Slasher Fest
05/18 Tilburg, NET – 013
05/20 Vienna, AUT – Arena
05/21 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
05/22 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
05/23 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
05/24 Lille, FRA – L’Aeronef
05/26 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
05/28 Manchester, UK – Academy
05/29 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
05/30 Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands
06/01 Dublin, IRE – Olympia
06/03 London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
06/05 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia

Meshuggah commented:

“Meshuggah announce changes to their upcoming European tour scheduled for May & June 2022.

Due to continued uncertainty and issues caused by the now long-standing pandemic, we have been forced to take the very difficult decision to cancel all our German shows of the upcoming tour. As a consequence, we also have to cancel our show in Milan as well as reschedule our Paris show for the 5th of June 2022.

Find all valid dates for the European Tour below.

We share the disappointment and frustration with all our friends and fans in Germany and Italy, but see no way around this decision.

Currently we are working on finding new dates for Germany and Italy but cannot tell when these may take place nor when they may be announced.

All ticket holders of the German and Italian shows are kindly requested to contact their point of purchase for a refund.

Tickets for the other shows remain valid. Zeal & Ardor is still confirmed as special guests for the tour.

We appreciate your understanding.

You can get tickets for all the remaining shows here https://www.meshuggah.net/tour.”

Meshuggah Premiere New Song “The Abysmal Eye”

Meshuggah have premiered a new song titled “The Abysmal Eye.” This track is from the band’s new album “Immutable,” which will be released on April 1.

“Immutable” Track Listing:

01. “Broken Cog”
02. “The Abysmal Eye”
03. “Light The Shortening Fuse”
04. “Phantoms”
05. “Ligature Marks”
06. “God He Sees In Mirrors”
07. “They Move Below”
08. “Kaleidoscope”
09. “Black Cathedral”
10. “I Am That Thirst”
11. “The Faultless”
12. “Armies Of The Preposterous”
13. “Past Tense”

Meshuggah Officially Announce New Album “Immutable”

Meshuggah have officially confirmed that their new album, “Immutable,” will be released on April 1. Pre-orders for the effort will launch on January 28 and a teaser for it can be found below. Guitarist Mårten Hagström commented:

“The title fits perfectly for where we are as a band. We’re older now. Most of us are in our fifties now, and we’ve settled into who we are. Even though we’ve been experimenting all along, I also think we’ve been the same since day one. The way we approach things and why we still make new albums, and why we still sound the way we do, it’s immutable. Humanity is immutable, too. We commit the same mistakes over and over. And we are immutable. We do what we do, and we don’t change.”