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Meshuggah

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 demos made the rounds, Metallien broke up and Thordendal continued the band with a different lineup and a different name. The original lineup of Meshuggah also included vocalist Jens Kidman, guitarist Johan Sjögren, bassist Jörgen Lindmark, and drummer Per Sjögren. A handful of demos followed before Kidman left the group to form a new outfit, Calipash, with guitarist Torbjörn Granström, bassist Peter Nordin, and drummer Niclas Lundgren; the surviving members of Meshuggah soon disbanded, and when Granström left Calipash, Thordendal assumed guitar duties in the new band.

Kidman and Thordendal then agreed to reclaim the Meshuggah name, and in 1989, the band released a three-song mini-LP. After signing to Nuclear Blast (and swapping Lundgren for new drummer Tomas Haake), they issued the full-length Contradictions Collapse in 1991. Second guitarist Mårten Hagström was recruited for 1993's None EP, followed two years later by Selfcaged; in the interim, however, the group was forced to maintain a low profile -- first Thordendal severed a finger in a carpentry accident, then Haake injured his hand in a mysterious grinder mishap. Destroy Erase Improve appeared later in 1995, and won over critics with its heady tempos and abstract approach. In 1997, Meshuggah returned with The True Human Design EP; that same year, Thordendal's side project, Special Defects, released their LP Sol Niger Within. Meshuggah reunited for 1998's Chaosphere, a thunderous album that was unbearably dense in its songwriting and scope. Several successful tours followed, and their incredible abilities were starting to be recognized by mainstream music magazines, especially those dedicated to particular instruments.

Once they left the touring circuit, Meshuggah were surprisingly quiet, cooking up new material for a few years while a rarities disc marked the time. But in the summer of 2002, they released Nothing, a masterpiece of atmosphere that added psychedelic touches to their ever-tightening sound. Unique in almost every way, the album didn't make much of a mainstream impact but had metal fans banging their heads to 7/4 tempos and esoteric lyrics. A good word from Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack scored them a spot on the annual Ozzfest tour, where they flourished on the second stage, often stealing the show with their original and savage math metal. After a brief break, Meshuggah released the I EP in 2004. Composed of a single epic track, the complex arrangements of I were just a hint of what was to follow. Their next album, Catch Thirty-Three, was released the following year and proved to be their most ambitious to date. A remastered re-release of Nothing with a bonus DVD arrived in 2006. The same year, Meshuggah returned to the studio to record the album that would become obZen, their sixth, which was released in March of 2008 in advance of a world tour that began in the United States with the band in the opening slot for Ministry's final jaunt before moving to Europe, Asia, and Australia as a headliner. Their seventh album, Koloss, followed in 2012. ~ Jason Ankeny & Bradley Torreano, Rovi
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They practically reinvented prog metal
@kedric.broc k 4

They surpassed unique, it aint easy spawning a sub genre.
Finally saw them a couple months ago at best buy theater. What a f**king show! I could just imagine what there shows arw like in Japan. ..I think I might have to get that dvd
anyone who hasn't seen these guys live YOU ARE MISSING OUT!
Meshuggah is awesome!!!!
These guys are the true gods of metal. Incredible lyrics screamed by an incredible vocalist, complex and brutal riffs, and grooves that just make you want to smash stuff while endlessly bobbing your head.
I remember in '95ish when these guys were on the Traces of Death 3 soundtrack. Maybe Traces of Death 3. I dunno, I was young and stoned all of the time.
I f**king love Meshuggah. I remember when I had first listened to them. Unf. Their music makes me orgasm so hard. <3 <3 <3
Had it not been for these guy's ingenuity we wouldn't have bands like Periphery or Vildhjarta. Thank you Meshuggah! Like Stephen Carpenter stated, "Meshuggah are the quantum physics of metal!" Fu€£in' love it!
Fucken epikshiiit
MESHUGGAH!!! ! Soooo f**king heavy!
awesome any haters can suck my 8=========== O
Hi you are good at what you do sirs
Fredrik Thordendal is the s**t
rsilcox31
I cant believe I didn't start listening to these guys earlier than a few years ago. I got into metal back in 1994. I heard of them back in the old days but when I heard 8 string I was thinking that probably sounds like crap with such a low tuning. I WAS WRONG!!!
True Gods of metal. the numbers of bands now being influenced by them is crazy.. it's about time people caught on Meshuggah is a Chaosphere possessing the most valuable element of music. they continue to amaze me every album. Obzen was f**king amazing. Destroy Erase Improve is a masterpiece. it is up there with the classic albums that shaped metal and death metal over time. especially deathcore bands. seen them once, blown away. worth every f**king dollar.
though being "unique" in this world is impossible, meshuggah comes real close
greyfox159
that is the BEST review of any band i have ever read. the way they slipped in the part about the guy cutting his finger off was hilarious, and to make it better, they really made that grinder accident sound dodgy.
3.33 Sol Niger Within
Meshuggah, one of the most unique metal bands out there, and one of the best too!
taywyb, i'm afraid you shouldn't be calling others idiots when you clearly have no clue what you're talking about.
destroy+eras e + i m p r o v e = f * * k i n genius
all of u are idiots. The drummer and the guitarist play completely different time signitures. That's why it sounds like nothin repeats, when they get technically inclined. Followed by climax accents and percussive comping. Remember mesh is rhythmically based. Almost all they're instruments comp or comply. There is balance. Also there is actual real math involved in how they perceive balance. Fuggin gore-just!
I love this band.
preisigdiego
My thoughts burn as minds liquify! One does not simply not headbang while listening to meshuggah, no matter the circumstance s
Today I chose to wear a baby pink sweater and get all dolled up; my music station for the day? Meshuggah lol
jwdaniel9994
@michael.moo r e 1 9 8 7 yes I am very aware of polyrhythms within the music. I myself am a drummer. I was simply stating as you said that it comes back to 4/4 as a whole eventually. Perhaps it just doesn't seem as complex to someone that actually plays music. And yes Danny Carey and Tool are the masters of both polymeters and rhythms couldn't agree more, saw them live a couple years ago.
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@ jwdaniel9994 its called polyrythms. Odd time sigs are b/c of the guitar work and that that Haake will play a 4/4 on the high hat and play 23/16 on the snare/double bass. It all comes back to 4/4 eventually. But I wouldn't say anyone is full of crap for saying the timing is odd. Its very unconvention a l . The only other band that does it successfully is TooL, who DO use off time sigs. Love them both \m/
jwdaniel9994
I love meshuggah but people that claim odd time signatures are full of crap. Majority of meshuggah drum beats are in 4/4...just strange off beats. Tomas Haake said it himself.
@Zachary Simon
You like dong bro
I've heard a lot of good metal turned to crap by crap vocals, but it's really sad to hear a GREAT metal band turned to crap by crap vocals.
Periphery over meshuggah? In any way? Hahahahhahah a h a h a h a h a h a h a h h a h a h a h a g a g l o l i l i l i l i l p l l l p l l o l k l l .
Me & you both Dr. D, Tomas has inspired me with my technical drumming and Meshuggah with my musicality as a whole! Long live good music!
It's only slightly hypnotic
Love their linear approach to writing
@kingkoskela Disagree. Apples and oranges my friend.
Tomas Haake has helped me open a new world of drumming skills. F#@%ing Awesome time signatures. I got this s**t now man!
JEEEEZ. I love it when I comes on :) Get a whole album in one song woohoo
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Meshuggah is my favorite band, yet is the only metal band I enjoy listening to. Some of the best composition out there.
Why put down Danny Carey in a stupid post! Danny is a master in his own right! Your option is like an A**hole everyone has one!
rickypsp
*destroys them
rickypsp
F**king meshuggah, Periphery Destroyd
yea maybe
Periphery destroys these guys. Look up face palm mute or luck as a constant and you will start looking down on these guys.
Masters of All Rhythms
The more I listen to Meshuggah's music, the more I'm drawn into its complex arrangements and the skill in which the players deliver it. Nothing else like it!
juniorpatan
MESHUGGAH !! a band that is a life in its own design , a genre of its own, an incomporable musical force , i tip my hat and guitar to you! Originality in its purest form ! The True Metal Design
Danny Carey (Tool drummer) bangs his head like an 8th grader to Tomas Haake's sickness on drums. Fact! Saw him do it at House of Blues
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