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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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Netflix and HBO Duke It Out for Scandinavia

August 21, 2012 Film/TV News No Comments

Netflix, HBOContinuing their world conquest for domination of screens everywhere, Netflix recently announced expansion into 4 Nordic countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Not to be outdone, HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc, said the following day that they too will be launching a video distribution venture — alongside Parsifal International — dubbed HBO Nordic.

Nordic consumers already have access to similar offerings from Amazon, Lovefilm and Acetrax, but the addition of Netflix and HBO will bring a plethora of great content that hasn’t been available through a streaming service to date.

Why the heated competition in the Nordic region? According to Nordstat, these countries have a fixed broadband household penetration of 80% to 92% — significantly higher than the EU average of 67%. They also represent a high level of mobile broadband users. More internet connectivity, in theory, should lead to higher availability of streaming services and presumably subscriptions.

It will be fun to watch as two sides of the content model duke it out. In the blue corner stands the reigning champion — HBO, the cable networks and content creators of yesteryear — who aren’t going to let anyone make a buck on their premium content. In the red corner stands the new distribution models — the Netflix’s of the world — who are scraping for every piece of content they can get their hands on (even if it means making their own). Let’s all hope that we, the consumers, come out on top after the bell rings!

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