Meshuggah Confirm They Are Recording New Album, Announce The Return Of Fredrik Thordendal

Meshuggah have confirmed that they have entered Sweetspot Studios in Sweden to record their new album. With this news, the band have also announced the return of guitarist Fredrik Thordendal.

The group commented:

“Things are happening. As some of you figured out we have entered Sweetspot Studios and have begun recording a new album. ::Spoiler:: There will be distortion and kicks.

Also, we have other news. We are releasing Per Nilsson back into the wild to roam free in any way he sees fit. It has been a true privilege and honor to share the stage with Per and even more importantly we have made a great friend through our travels. Per. We thank you. You are a formidable human being!!

Check out all of Per’s goodness at http://www.facebook.com/scarguitar | http://www.facebook.com/scarsymmetry

So why are we releasing Per back into a more stable habitat you ask? The answer is simple. Fredrik will be back for lead work on the album as well as touring going forward. In other words. The band is back together. In full effect.”

Meshuggah Announce European/UK Tour With Zeal & Ardor

Meshuggah have announced a fall 2021 European/UK tour with Zeal & Ardor. You can find the dates for that trek below.

Tour Dates:

11/19 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/20 Munich, GER – Tonhalle
11/22 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
11/23 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
11/25 Tilburg, NET – 013
11/26 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
11/27 Lille, FRA – L’Aeronef
11/28 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
11/30 Milan, FRA – Alcatarax
12/01 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
12/02 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
12/03 Oberhausen, GER – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
12/05 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
12/06 Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands
12/08 Manchester, UK – Academy
12/09 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
12/11 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
12/12 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
12/13 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit

In related news, Meshuggah have also announced a June 3, 2022 show at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.

Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake: “I Think We Have Most Of The Material For The New Album”

During a recent interview with Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Tomas Haake offered an update on the new Meshuggah album. The drummer said that he believes the band already have “most of the material” for the effort.

Haake said the following:

“I think we have most of the material for the new album. It takes a long time for us between each album, and this time, due to COVID as well, it’s gonna be longer than usual, I think. Right now, we’re aiming at a release in late ’21. Then the question mark right now is, is touring even gonna happen at that point? And if not, do you release the album or do you hold off with it and try to make money some other ways, like doing live shows on the Internet or whatever?

So, yeah, it’s time consuming, for sure. We tend to scrutinize everything we do a lot, too, so… I think, to some degree, you just turn kind of insane over time when you try to do this thing, because we always try to challenge ourselves and we always try to find something that [we] haven’t done before. But we’ve done this for 30 years now, so it’s harder and harder to find what’s special with this — like, ‘This riff, is it cool enough? Or what’s going on?’ So you tend to kind of overly scrutinize things.

And sometimes you just kind of paint yourself into a corner with that kind of thinking. And sometimes you even realize, ‘I can’t even listen to this. Why would we release anything like this? It doesn’t even make sense.’ So you have to find kind of a balance. What’s a good balance of a song or an album as far as technical aspects? And what do people wanna hear? What do we wanna hear?

And hopefully we can get to some kind of good level of mix in that. But that’s always an aspect too. And definitely with the years that we’ve put into it, we definitely feel like we’re more and more locked. It just gets more and more narrow. With each album, you’re just kind of in a tighter and tighter space.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“Of course, we have a certain framework that we still wanna sound like Meshuggah, we wanna have that signature sound, we want people to be able to — even if they haven’t heard the song [before] — in the best-case scenario, it’s, like, ‘Oh, that’s gotta be Meshuggah,’ even if it’s a brand new thing. So hopefully that’s something we’re aiming at.

But with that said, as far as the music goes, we try to [do] kind of the opposite of what AC/DC has been doing for 40 years. So we’re not trying to write the same album over and over. And whether we succeed with that or not, that’s more up to our fans and other people, but that’s definitely the aim. We try our best to kind of find new grips within the framework of what we’re supposed to be, I guess.

‘Cause we don’t wanna really step out of that either. We’re not looking to be another band all of a sudden or something that we haven’t been or that is not true to kind of what we’re doing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Meshuggah Cancel Summer 2021 Touring, Plan To Finish New Album

Meshuggah have decided to cancel their summer 2021 touring plans. The band will be using the time to finish their new album, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The group said the following:

“As previously communicated our intent was to keep our commitment to all festivals and shows planned for summer 2020, that couldn’t take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, by re-confirming them for the same dates in summer 2021. Full Force Festival is one of these festivals that has already been re-confirmed and re-announced.

However, after seeing some of the other festivals move to completely different weekends in 2021, we eventually found it impossible to go ahead with the tour next summer due to logistical reasons. Which also means that Meshuggah have to cancel their planned appearance at Full Force 2021.

Another influential part of the decision to not tour in summer 2021 is that Covid-19 restrictions have also affected Meshuggah‘s progress with a new studio album, to a point where we now see the need to keep summer 2021 clear to put finishing touches to the album.

Meshuggah and their management would like to apologize to all fans and promoters being affected by this.

Some good news is to be found in here though: there is a new Meshuggah album coming…”

Meshuggah Announce May U.S. Tour With The Black Dahlia Murder

Meshuggah have announced some shows with The Black Dahlia Murder around their upcoming festival appearances. Here’s the dates:

05/05 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
05/06 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/07 New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
05/08 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
05/10 Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival
05/12 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
05/14 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05/16 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
05/17 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival
05/18 Bridgeview, IL – Chicago Open Air Festival

Meshuggah To Reissue “Nothing,” “I,” “Catch Thirty-Three,” “obZen,” & “Koloss” On Vinyl

Meshuggah will be reissuing “Nothing,” “I,” “Catch Thirty-Three,” “obZen,” and “Koloss” on vinyl on March 22. The releases have been remastered by Thomas Eberger and pre-orders can be found HERE.

Meshuggah’s Early Releases To Receive New Vinyl Pressings

Meshuggah’s self-titled release, “Contradictions Collapse,” “None,” “Destroy Erase Improve,” and “Chaosphere” are all set to be reissued on vinyl on November 30. Each effort has been remastered by Thomas Eberger (Stockholm Mastering) and they will feature reimagined artwork by Keerych Luminokaya. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s the available options:

“Meshuggah“:

– Clear/Black Marble (Limited to 300)
– Gold (Limited to 300
– Black

“Contradictions Collapse“:

– Clear/Black/White Splatter (Limited to 300)
– Grey (Limited to 300)
– Black

“None“:

– Red/Black Marble (Limited to 300)
– Clear (Limited to 300)
– Black

“Destroy Erase Improve“:

– White/Black Marble (Limited to 300)
– Clear (Limited to 300)
– Black

“Chaosphere“:

– Orange/Black Marble (Limited to 300)
– Red (Limited to 300)
– Black

Meshuggah’s Mårten Hagström Apologizes For Creating Djent: “We’re Very Sorry For Creating That Genre”

Many have credited Meshuggah with inspiring the djent subgenre, and during a recent interview with Rauta, guitarist Mårten Hagström apologized for creating it. He said the following:

“First of all, we’re very sorry for creating that genre; we didn’t intend to—our bad. No, but it’s actually… I think it’s a misconception, that djent thing. I think it’s kind of hilarious. It’s our lead guitar player, Fredrik [Thordendal], being drunk back in the day, talking to one of our old-school fans, trying to explain what type of guitar tone we were always trying to get, and he was desperately trying to say, ‘We want that ‘dj_,’ ‘dj_,’ ‘dj_,’ ‘dj_.’ And that guy was, like, ‘What’s he saying? Is that a Swedish word? Must be. Sounds like dj_, maybe ‘djent’? Maybe something like that.’ And that’s where it comes from. A drunk misunderstanding, as always with Meshuggah.”

He also added the following about his thoughts on Meshuggah’s sound:

“Heavy, experimental music… I don’t care if it’s progressive or not — it’s heavy. And that’s the most… But the thing is, trying to define things… Either it gets into that math-metal, djent subgenre type of thing, that’s for other people to decide. We play aggressive, experimental music, and that’s basically it.”

[via Blabbermouth]