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Meshuggah Slithers Back to the Stage — And Your Library

February 20, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Meshuggah-Scion AVMeshuggah may translate to “crazy” in Yiddish but that doesn’t mean it has anything to do with the Swedish Metal band and its highly technical sound. What, who are we kidding, of course it does! With the release of last year’s Koloss, which debuted at #17 on the US Billboard charts (the highest US debut for the band), the historic rockers continue to push the boundaries of Metal (and crazy), combining uptempo Thrash with Jazzy, melodic virtuosity.

Now, the group is channeling that signature sound into their newest effort, Pitch Black, a collection of two previously unreleased tracks. The exclusive offering is being released in partnership with Scion A/V and includes the songs “Pitch Black” and “Dancers to a Discordant System (Live).” The title track came together in July 2003 and was recorded by Fredrik Thordendal at Fear and Loathing Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. And to get an idea of what Meshuggah looks like in the studio, you should check out Thomas Haake’s behemoth drum kit setup – it makes regular drum sets look like toys.

The second song, “Dancers to a Discordant System,” was recorded live at Distortion Fest in Eindhoven, Netherlands in 2012. You can expect plenty of the band’s eclectic sounds — heavy guitar riffs, polyrhythmic drum beats and diminished, progressive melodies — on both tracks of the compilation.

In tandem with the two-track release, Meshuggah is headlining “The Ophidian Trek 2013 — 2nd Slithering” tour with guests Intronaut and Animals as Leaders. The tour kicked off on February 11 in Orlando, Florida and has confirmed dates through March 3. Scion A/V is sponsoring ticket giveaways for the tour over on their Twitter feed, so if you like free stuff and epic live shows (and who doesn’t?), you should go to the contest’s official page for more ticket information.

Pitch Black is currently available for free as a digital download on the Scion A/V website, and the limited edition 10-inch vinyl record can be picked up at Meshuggah‘s merch table on their current tour. Full tour dates after the jump.

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MESHUGGAH Kicking It Up The Billboard Charts

April 5, 2012 Artist News No Comments

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It’s hard to have missed them… And they’re impossible to ignore… If you’re not already on the MESHUGGAH roller coaster, get your tickets now!

Their latest release, Koloss, came out last week on Nuclear Blast and blazed its way to the top of all the charts. Currently #17 on the Billboard Top 200, the album sold over 18,300 albums in its first week – 31% of which was digital! That’s pretty impressive for a band that’s been together since 1987…! It just goes to show, when you’ve got chemistry like these guys, there’s no other way but up.

Indeed, with that debut on the Top 200 and spots like #2 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums chart, #3 on the Top Hard Music chart, #9 on the Current Rock chart, and #16 on the Top Current Albums chart, the shy, elusive musical geniuses from Sweden secured the highest first week sales and Billboard debut positions in the history of Nuclear Blast USA.

They also conquered Canada at #24 on the Canadian Top 200 chart and #4 slot on the Hard Music chart, and Europe, where they experienced a career first on the German album chart: a debut at #48.

Needless to say, Nuclear Blast and the band were very excited — exclamation points don’t lie – “Great news!! Guess all the efforts, the covert sessions, and painstaking, soul-numbing seances performed to reach the souls of former chart toppers – now in the life beyond – have finally come to fruition!! We thank them and we thank you, our fans!!! We just made an album. You guys put it on the charts!!!”

Catch MESHUGGAH on their “SCION A/V PRESENTS: The Ophidian Trek” tour, for which you can win two tickets for each show on the tour thanks to this awesome giveway! And be sure to also check out their Spotlight Playlist on Spotify, as well as other specialty Nuclear Blast playlists.

MESHUGGAH Breaks The Rules To Premiere “Break These Bones…”

February 23, 2012 Artist News No Comments

Bands and labels generally premiere a track from their upcoming new album via an established music web site, offering exclusive downloads or streaming rights in return for a feature.

The Swedish extreme technical metal band MESHUGGAH took a very different tack when they leaked the first track, titled “Break These Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion,” from their highly anticipated upcoming new album KOLOSS.

MESHUGGAH secured the domain http://iamaleak.com. It was ‘announced’ through a cryptic message that was posted on various metal sites and forums. Here’s the message:

the ophidian whispered those who seek shall be rewarded….

a sonic declaration of spIte And resentMent
its resonAnce grinding to dust our souls
the twine of revenge tightLy strung
its subharmonics thE undoing of All

and for those who asK for my name? / dotcom

Within a matter of minutes, fans had deciphered the thinly veiled IAMALEAKdotcom clue, and word spread quickly across the online metal community. Within hours, influential sites such as got-djent.com, Metal Insider, MetalSucks, and Ultimate Guitar ran the story. As a result, the track has been streamed 120,000 times in just two weeks.

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MESHUGGAH has been active as a band for 25 years, but the mysterious Swedes have demonstrated a new and unique way of connecting with their fans that is as groundbreaking and creative as their amazing new record.

KOLOSS will be released by Nuclear Blast Records, in Europe on March 23rd and in North America on Monday, March 26th.

Meshuggah to Tear Across North America with Baroness and Decapitated

February 2, 2012 Artist News No Comments

Swedish masters of the extreme Meshuggah will be taking their sonic arsenal on the road and detonating sound systems in cities across the U.S. and Canada on “The Ophidian Trek” tour, which launches on April 29th in Houston. Support for all 19 shows will come from Baroness; opening each night will be special guests & label mates Decapitated from Poland.

Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake says: “We’re really stoked to be coming back again!! A new album and two really awesome bands to join us on our trek across the U.S. and Canada!! There’s one word that comes to mind: Sweeeet!!”

Decapitated guitarist/founding member Vogg adds: “FUCK YEAH! DECAPITATED with MESHUGGAH! We’re so proud and happy to be part of this amazing tour! It will be a huge honor to share one stage with such a great fuckin’ band! Cannot wait!”

With that kind of excitement, you can’t go wrong.

Meshuggah‘s eighth studio album, KOLOSS, will be released in North America on March 27th. The North American deluxe digi-pak version will include a bonus DVD.

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