Band Photo: Meshuggah (?)
From: Umeå, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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I've never been to an open air music festival. Mostly since most music fests have only one or two artists who I like and try to jam as many different styles of music into one festival as possible to the point where they have no target audience anymore. Lollapalooza is perhaps the biggest offender in that regard to he point where it appeals to both everyone and nobody simultaneously. But thankfully Chicago finally got a metal festival of its own to compensate for a lot of the directionless festivals that the city is known for that have kept me at bay for so long.
Milwaukee Metalfest closed up around a decade ago so Chicago getting a heavy metal festival was (literally) music to my ears. The Rust Belt had nothing in the way of metal festivals and the only other big metal fests have been Rocklahoma, Maryland Deathfest, New England Metal and Hardcore Fest and 70,000 Tons of Metal. As somebody who doesn't live within driving distance from Oklahoma, Maryland, Massachusetts or Florida, I was incredibly excited for something to hit the Midwest as it was long overdue.
But the part that got me most excited was the potential for the future. Specifically a future where artists who only do festivals and mini-tours can finally hit a big outdoor stage and do so in my hometown. Think Anaal Nathrakh, Samael, Ihsahn, Pig Destroyer and Zardonic being able to not only play a real festival show in the Midwest but also be introduced to a whole new audience who would be coming for the far more mainstream headliner. At the very least, the fest could use some less obscure second stage openers and some more foreign bands who haven't come to America for years like Primordial, Vreid or Orphaned Land. But for a brand new festival, the lineup wasn't bad by any means, particularly when it came to headliners. It's a possible future outlet for all the cool stuff that I would never otherwise get to see in coming years which is what got me psyched more than anything else.
I waited in the mother of all lines upon arriving on Friday for a full 90 minutes. Everyone wanted to be in early to catch the opening band on the opening day of the inaugural festival. And the person in front of me was the evil doppelganger of a friend of mine from college. Same body. Same haircut. Same facial features. Same teeth. It was just completely uncanny, especially since one of them lives in west Iowa and the other in east Nebraska. More...
Metallic trio High On Fire has announced a fall North American tour as direct support to Sweden's Meshuggah.
The titanic team-up will kick off on October 11th in Atlanta, GA, running through November 6th in Silver Spring, MD. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 22.
Upcoming High On Fire tour dates are as follows:
August 27 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues (as part of Psycho Las Vegas)
September 25 San Francisco, CA Stinky's al Fresco More...
Meshuggah is finally going to follow the 2012 "Koloss" release with a new full-length album later this year.
The news broke through a brief teaser trailer, which is available below. Stay tuned for full details to arrive shortly as the new disc is set to drop this coming autumn.
My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.
Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.
Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...
The next Kirk Von Hammett Fear FestEvil event will be a Murder Mystery Dinner / VIP Party at the legendary Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA on Friday April 10th, followed by another spectacular two-night Fear FestEvil musical punch at RockBar Theater on April 11th and 12th.
On the 10th, guests attending the Fear FestEvil VIP Party will enjoy a classic night of whodunnit mystery madness, dining alongside Kirk Hammett, touring the infamously eerie and atmospheric mansion, and trying to figure out who killed who.
Guests can expect twists, turns and clues from some very special horror royalty as they try to crack the mystery open.
On Saturday the 11th and 12th, Fear FestEvil friends heading to the RockBar Theater can expect to see some of the finest pieces in any modern horror collection as Kirk Von Hammett unveils more of The Crypt publicly, before throwing down some heavy music courtesy of Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Blues Pills, Agnostic Front, and Asada Messiah. Sirius Radio's Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin and 107.7 the Bone's Nikki Blakk will preside over proceedings.
"It has always been my intention that Fear FestEvil events carry both the weird and the loud," says Kirk Hammett, "and what better way to achieve another extension of what we want to do than eat dinner in a haunted house while solving criminal acts before a weekend of super kick-ass music?!" More...
Facebook community And Justice For Art and Metal Underground keep exploring the world of look-alike album covers. This time we're focusing on three artworks that are inspired (or keep a reasonable resemblance) with well-known movie posters. Were the bands and visual artists aware of this at the moment of creating the artworks or is it just a coincidence? Let's find out what they have to say... There will be more of these in future "And Justice For Art" episodes. Stay alert!
MESHUGGAH Vs. "ALIEN"
The first one is the artwork for Meshuggah's "Alive." In 2010, the infamous Swedish genre-bending band, decided to pay homage on the cover of their live CD/DVD to one of the most revered SciFi/Horror movies in history.
Drummer Tomas Haake took inspiration from the now iconic poster for the first "Alien" film and designed a cover that visually and conceptually praises the virtues of the original image, which features the Alien egg opening upside down and the unforgettable tagline "In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream."
In Meshuggah's case, Hakke changed the egg for the head of vocalist, Jens Kidman, and added the phrase "In Space No One Can Hear You Unless You Scream." This gives the whole effort, an humorous punch which is enhanced by the positioning of the lettering—pretty much identical to the original poster.
No doubt, the overall effect is quite satisfactory, especially because it comes from a band whose intricate music sometimes seems to come from outer space! More...
Long Island's explosive technical metal quartet Car Bomb has been declared as direct support for the mighty Meshuggah on the upcoming "25 Years Of Musical Deviance" tour in Europe this December.
The six-city run, from December 12th through 21st, will see the bands inundating venues in Switzerland, Italy, Holland, France, England and Germany. Additional support will come from Semantik Punk.
12/15/2014 Les Docks - Lausanneles, CH
12/16/2014 Live Club - Milan, IT
12/18/2014 Melkweg Max - Amsterdam, NL
12/19/2014 Cabaret Sauvage - Paris, FR
12/20/2014 Roundhouse - London, UK
12/21/2014 FZW - Dortmund, DE More...
A free "Here's the Metal - October 2014" compilation has been released on Google Play. Unfortunately, you need a Google Play account and valid payment method to download this free compilation.
The "Here's the Metal - October 2014" tracklisting is as follows:
1. A Greater Sense of Self (4:01) by Fit For A King
2. Chaos Royale (3:39) by Sister Sin
3. Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale) [feat. Dani Filth] (4:15) by Motionless In White
4. Slaves (4:53) by 1349
5. This Is the Time (Ballast) (3:40) by Nothing More
6. Exitium (Anthem of the Living) (4:53) by Sanctuary
7. The Hands That Bled (4:05) by Darkness Divided
8. Everything's Gone (3:24) by In Flames
9. Do Not Look Down (4:56) by Meshuggah
10. Blood in Blood Out (3:42) by Exodus
11. Moth (4:51) by HELLYEAH
12. The Blasphemous Psalm to the Dummy God Creation (2:31) by Decapitated
13. Animal Mother (4:57) by Today Is The Day
You can download the compilation here.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the recording of the band's first EP, Swedish experimental extreme metal band Meshuggah will release a concert DVD / 2CD set and Blu-ray, "The Ophidian Trek," on September 26th (EU) and 30th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
With visual footage shot in Europe during "The Ophidian Trek" tour and festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany, the live audio was processed and edited by Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand and mastered by Mats "Limpan" Lindfors.
Nuclear Blast HQ gave Meshuggah a ring to discuss the upcoming Blu-Ray/DVD release, "The Ophidian Trek." Here's how it went down... watch the new trailer here: More...
The re-mastered, re-issue edition of Meshuggah's "I" is due out this coming September 26th (Europe), 29th (U.K.) and 30th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Today a teaser trailer for the re-issue has been made available and can be heard below.
The full track listing is as follows:
01. I (remastered)
02. Bleed (live)
03. Dancers To A Discordant System (live)
04. Pitch Black
Extreme music fans of all things deviant can check out a live video for “Do Not Look Down” by Sweden’s Meshuggah below, courtesy of Drum Magazine.
The footage comes from Meshuggah’s upcoming live DVD / Blu-Ray + 2-CD release, "The Ophidian Trek" - which celebrates the 25-year anniversary since the recording of the band’s first EP - due out in North America on September 30th.
Footage was shot in the U.S. & Europe during The Ophidian Trek tour and includes festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany. The live audio was processed & edited by Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand, and mastered by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors. More...
Swedish extreme metal act Meshuggah released a preview clip for the upcoming 25th Anniversary DVD/Live CD release "The Ophidian Trek," due out September 26th, September 29th (UK) and September 30th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The DVD contains footage shot in the U.S. and Europe during "The Ophidian Trek" tour, as well as the world famous Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013. The live audio was processed and edited by Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand, and mastered by Mats Lindfors.
The full track listing is as follows:
1 - Swarmer
2 - Swarm
3 - Combustion
4 - Rational Gaze
5 - obZen
6 - Lethargica
7 - Do Not Look Down
8 - The Hurt That Finds You First
9 - I Am Colossus
10 - Bleed
11 - Demiurge
12 - New Millennium Cyanide Christ
13 - Dancers To A Discordant System
14 - Mind's Mirrors / In Death - Is Life / In Death - Is Death
15 - The Last Vigil More...
Commemorating the 25-year anniversary since the recording of the band's first EP, Sweden’s extreme musical deviants in Meshuggah have revealed the artwork and the track listing to their upcoming live DVD / 2-CD release "The Ophidian Trek," due out worldwide this Fall and also available in Blu-ray.
With visual footage shot in the U.S. & Europe during "The Ophidian Trek" tour and festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany, the live audio was processed & edited by Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand, and mastered by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors.
Drummer Tomas Haake shares the following about the upcoming DVD: “We’re really stoked about this new Meshuggah live dvd! It’s been 4 years since the release of 'Alive' and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there! Audio/Video was recorded during our European stretch of 'The Ophidian Trek' tour, as well as at the Wacken open air festival - and we’re super proud of how it came out! For this one we used the extremely talented photographer Anthony Dubois for filming and editing etc and he’s really done a stunning job with it! Hope you guys dig it and here’s to another 25!! (or maybe just a little less).” More...
This past Tuesday, April 1st, dawned with a bang and ended with the agonized wail of countless deceived, angry, and fed-up folks. It's what the kids these days might call "butthurt." Even in this high-speed age of unlimited information, it seems that some still have trouble checking the calendar or fact-checking stories.
Your Metalunderground.com Official Podcast co-hosts, Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) found this all quite amusing. So in the irreverent spirits of Mark Twain, Orson Welles, and The Onion, they decided Tuesday evening to chuck all journalistic ethics and decency right out the window and wage a valiant, side-splitting battle against truth.
This week's episode is one hundred percent fact-free, and features a tongue-in-cheek rundown of some of Metalunderground.com's 2014 April Fools highlights, posted as headlines throughout Tuesday.
Among the lampooned: every single member of Metallica (in what is sure to be an evil, thrashing comeback effort, "Hell Hath No Fury"), prison escapee Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying), evasive interviewee Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.), would-be cinematic deity Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), and noted Oscar-lacking actor Leonardo DiCaprio, whose "Meshuggah face" in the recent hit "The Wolf Of Wall Street" has earned him an onstage guest appearance with the twisted Swedish metal titans.
Please forgive the avalanche of lies and silly humor; we advise you to remove your "serious" caps for this episode. Also, a few bong rips beforehand wouldn't hurt. Take a listen here and enjoy!
Meshuggah is returning to North America this summer to celebrate its 25th year of musical deviance with festival appearances, Canadian dates, and clubs bound to fill to capacity.
Opening on all but two festival dates will be North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me.
Meshuggah aims to play a very special 25th anniversary set by performing selections from the band's entire discography. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear at Facebook here (voting ends April 2nd).
Dates are as follows: More...
Tomas Haake has checked in with the following statement about Meshuggah celebrating its 25th anniversary:
"You try to wrap your head around it but comprehension fails - it's been twentyfive years since the first official Meshuggah release! The self-titled (though often referred to as 'Psykisk testbild') EP came out on the small local Umeå label Garageland Records in 1989, making 2014 the big TWO FIVE for the band!! Hoooly shit!!
"Who would have thought huh!? - That our small group of young guys would get to - not only write and record our own quirky, deviant style of metal - but that we would still be doing it a quarter century later, making our living off of what we love to do!! Now in our forties we can't but look back at it jawdropped and baffled at the fact!!
"We always set out to do something new, something different from the music we heard around us - something that would be a challenge to ourselves to write, learn and perform. Something truly unique. Looking back at our career we feel that we have actually been successful in doing just that!!
"We have for so many years been blessed with a super loyal fanbase and a still-growing one at that, allowing us to continue to create freely and without boundaries! For this we sincerely thank all of our fans that have stood by us all this time! More...
Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.
"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.
Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:
01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...
A teaser trailer has been posted online for the upcoming Euroblast 2013 festival, which will take place from October 11th - 13th in Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany.
The clip is available below, and the following bands will be appearing at the fest:
Aliases, Arecibo, Arsis, Bear, Benea Reach, Cambion, Circles, Cyclamen, Dawn Heist, Deathember, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Empathea, Ever Forthright, Feared, Grand Exit, Hacride, Heights, Hord, Humanity's Last Breath, Hypno5e, Invocation, Kartikeya, Lifeforms, Meshuggah, Monuments, Nexilva, No Consequence, Overdown, Pomegranate Tiger, Skyharbor, Syqem, Tardive Dyskinesia, Textures, The Agonist, The Algorithm, The Ocean, The Omega Experiment, ThirdEar, Threat Signal, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Xerath. More...
Good things come to those who wait, and those in Latin America have waited long enough. Nuclear Blast issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows from Meshuggah:
"Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in their career, Meshuggah headed to México and South America – home to some of the most passionate metal fans known to humanity. Exactly how passionate? Oh, you know… the kinds of fans who forsake eating and save their money for three months to buy one single concert ticket; the kind who sing guitar solos en mass out loud; the kind who rip out their own hair and leave it on the venue floor as offerings to the bands they love.
"What we’ve got here is what the National Weather Service states are the three necessary ingredients for a 'perfect storm:'
A) A flow of cool & dry air generated by a high-pressure system from one direction (i.e. MESHUGGAH)
B) A flow of warm air from a low-pressure system from another direction (i.e. México & South America)
C) Tropical moisture (i.e. the blood, sweat, and tears of joy courtesy of MESHUGGAH fans)
"Get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Following this landmark tour, Africa and Antarctica will be the only two remaining continents as-yet-physically-untouched by a live Meshuggah concert."
11/08/13 Circo Volador – Mexico City, MÉXICO
11/12/13 Theater Caupolican – Santiago, CHILE
11/16/13 Carioca Club – São Paulo, BRAZIL More...
Today we're pleased to team up with Scion AV to give you an exclusive inside look at how the metal albums you love come together with a new studio tour clip.
Daniel Bergstrand, who has produced, mixed, and mastered a variety of extreme metal albums over the years, takes us on a tour of his studio: Dugout Productions in Sweden. He details several pieces of equipment and demonstrates the perfect acoustics of the drum room.
Dugout Productions was utilized as a recording site for albums such as "Koloss" by Meshuggah (reviewed here), "Sounds Of a Playground Fading" by In Flames (review available), "Abrahadabra" by Dimmu Borgir (review at this location), and many more. For further details, check out the studio's website here.