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Formed: 1987
From: Umeå, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Meshuggah Comment On Tour Problems

Sweden’s MESHUGGAH have issued the following update:

"Ahhh, not so awesome beginning of the CU LaTour! We just wanna say we're sorry for you guys who came out to the Calgary show especially! The routing/distances for this tour was insane for the first couple shows and us being stuck at the U.S/Canada border for a few hours meant we didn't make it in time for the Calgary show!

For the first Vancouver show at the Croatian Culture Center - same thing! Too far a drive to actually make it in time, so everything was way delayed which in turn meant that we had to cut the set real short! Three songs!! How's that for a Meshuggah set!!? Kinda embarrassing, but things were out of our hands!! We were there in time but the semi with all the stage gear was very late and with a 11 p.m curfew....

Basically, the start of this tour was just routed insanely and as for the rest of the tour, we shouldn't run into these issues.

So again, we apologize to those of you who came out to the shows to see us, only to find we didn't play or as for the Vancouver show - only played for 15 minutes!"

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Meshuggah Drummer To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake has revealed to Petri Silas of Finland's Soundi magazine that he may be forced to miss some of the shows on the band's current North American tour with MINISTRY in order to undergo surgery for an impingement of the shoulder.

Tomas said, "We are going to make this public with an official statement soon, so I guess I can talk about it here. I have shoulder impingement in my right shoulder and will have to undergo surgery. It's quite a usual ailment with men of my age and the surgery is a totally routine operation. But the recovery period will make me have to forget about playing the drums for a couple of months. In fact, I shouldn't even go on the MINISTRY tour as my doctor would prefer to operate right now. But we managed to negotiate our showtime down to 35 minutes in order to make it easier on me. And I hope everything works out. As a matter of fact, we were just hatching up a plan B yesterday [the interview was conducted on February 3 at the Fear & Loathing Studio in Spånga, Sweden — Ed] with the guys. If worse comes to worst during the MINISTRY tour, the band will continue to the end with another drummer. Luckily I should be in full condition and recovered at the end of the summer, as we will then play some more festival shows. In September we will embark on our own European headlining tour and expect to play a total of three shows in Finland."

MESHUGGAH and HEMLOCK were forced to miss the first Canadian show on MINISTRY's final world tour — C U LaTouR — which made a stop Wednesday night (March 26) at the Whiskey nightclub in Calgary, Alberta. According to local promoter Union Events, the two bands — who are believed to be sharing a tour bus — were unable to make the gig due to "immigration challenges." The rest of the tour will not be affected by this cancellation.

MESHUGGAH's latest album, "obZen" sold 11,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 59 on The Billboard 200 chart. This is substantially more than the 7,000 first-week total achieved by its predecessor, "Catch 33", which landed at No. 170 on The Billboard 200 chart back in June 2005.

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Ministry Posts Tour Rehearsals Video Online

Ministry kicks off their C U LaTouR this Tuesday, March 25 and They filmed their rehearsals out at The Ranch near El Paso and posted a clip on YouTube, also embedded below.

Here are the latest tour date on the C U LaTouR, featuring Ministry, Meshuggah and Hemlock: More...

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Meshuggah Enter Billboard Charts

MESHUGGAH's latest album, "obZen" has sold 11,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 59 on The Billboard 200 chart. This is substantially more than the 7,000 first-week total achieved by its predecessor, "Catch 33", which landed at No. 170 on The Billboard 200 chart back in June 2005.

An e-card for "obZen" can be accessed at this location.

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Meshuggah Announce Video Drumming Competition

Nuclear Blast USA and MESHUGGAH have teamed up to present a video competition to MESHUGGAH fans worldwide.

"Bleed" is one of the most intricate tracks on the recently released, critically acclaimed MESHUGGAH album, "obZen".

You think you can compete with the drumming intensity of MESHUGGAH's Tomas Haake? Well, prove it!

Record your best replication of the track "Bleed" on video and upload it on your MySpace "Videos" section or YouTube.

There are no restrictions on what you can use for this competition. However, you CANNOT use the actual song in the video; if you need the song, you’re allowed to put earphones on to assist you. More...

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Hemlock Post Another New Song Online

Another new HEMLOCK track, entitled "No Time For Sorrow," has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song is the title cut of the Las Vegas, Nevada-based metallers' upcoming album, which is scheduled for release on March 18 on Blind Prophecy Records. The CD was recorded with engineer Eddy Garcia (PISSING RAZORS).

HEMLOCK will play several headlining shows before joining MINISTRY and MESHUGGAH on the C-U-La-Tour from late March to May.

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Meshuggah Streaming New Album Online

Swedish math-metal pioneers MESHUGGAH’s latest album, obZen, can now be streamed in its entirety at the group's MySpace page.

obZen is scheduled for release in Europe on March 7, 2008 and in North America on March 11, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The tracklisting for obZen is as follows: 'Combustion', 'Electric Red', 'Bleed', 'Lethargica', 'ObZen', 'This Spiteful Snake', 'Pineal Gland Optics', 'Pravus', 'Dancers To A Discordant System'.

Meshuggah will support MINISTRY on the North American leg of "C U LaTouR" which is now beginning on March 25 in Spokane, WA. Also appearing on the bill is HEMLOCK.
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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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Meshuggah Post Another New Song Online

You can check out the title track to MESHUGGAH’s upcoming new album, obZen, over at their official MySpace page. The album is set to be released North America on March 11th through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Meshuggah Post New Song, "Bleed," Online

A new track, entitled "Bleed," from the upcoming MESHUGGAH album, obZen, has been posted on their Myspace page.

The track comes off the band's upcoming album, "obZen," to be released on March 7, 2008 in Europe and March 11, 2008 in North America.

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Slayer Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Los Angeles thrash metal legends SLAYER have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

Friday, June 27:

IRON MAIDEN
AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Saturday, June 28:

SLAYER
CARCASS
MESHUGGAH
TESTAMENT
AT THE GATES

Sunday, June 29:

JUDAS PRIEST
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
MORBID ANGEL
ENSLAVED

National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences members have nominated SLAYER for the band's third Grammy Award. The SLAYER track, "The Final Six", from the group's 2007 limited-edition "Christ Illusion", was nominated in the category of "Best Metal Performance."

"The Final Six", written by Tom Araya and guitarist Jeff Hanneman and produced by Josh Abraham, is a chilling look at an hypothesized end of the world. The song made its debut last July as the "Single of the Week" on MySpace where it has since accumulated some 750,000 plays, an astounding number for a song that received no commercial airplay.

"When I first got the word, I thought someone was playing a joke," mused Araya. "But obviously, we've made an impression on the industry. The people at the upper levels have taken notice of what we've done, and that's awesome."

SLAYER's two previous Grammy nominations were for 2002's "Disciple" from the album "God Hates Us All", and last year's "Eyes of the Insane", for which they took home the Grammy Award.

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Meshuggah Confirm More Ministry Support Dates

Swedish extremists MESHUGGAH have confirmed more live dates with MINISTRY - their itinerary is as follows:

March
25 - Big Easy Concert Hall - Spokane, Washington
26 - Whiskey Nightclub - Calgary, AB - CANADA
27 - Croatian Cultural Center - Vancouver, BC - CANADA
28 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC - CANADA
29 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, Washington
30 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, Oregon

April
1 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, California
2 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, California
5 - House of Blues - Hollywood, California
6 - House of Blues - Hollywood, California
7 - House of Blues - San Diego, California
8 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, Arizona
9 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, Nevada
11 - The Great Saltair - Magna (Salt Lake City), Utah
12 - Ogden Theater - Denver, Colorado
14 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, New Mexico
15 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, Texas
16 - Cain’s Ballroom - Tulsa, Oklahoma
17 - The Palladium - Dallas, Texas
18 - Verizon Wireless Theatre - Houston, Texas
19 - House of Blues - New Orleans, Louisiana
21 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
22 - House of Blues Lake - Buena Vista, Florida
23 - Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, Florida
24 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, North Carolina
25 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, Georgia
26 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, Maryland
27 - The Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
29 - Fillmore (Theatre of Living Arts) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May
1 - Fillmore (Irving Plaza) - New York, New York
2 - Fillmore (Irving Plaza) - New York, New York
3 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
4 - Koolhaus - Toronto, ON - CANADA
6 - The Agora Theater - Cleveland, Ohio
7 - Emerald Theater - Detroit, Michigan
8 - House of Blues - Chicago, Illinois
9 - House of Blues - Chicago, Illinois

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Meshuggah Guitarist Talks About New Album

MTV.com has issued the following report from Chris Harris and Jon Wiederhorn

It's been three long years since we've heard anything new from MESHUGGAH, but on March 11th, the Swedish experimental-metallers return with what's maybe the first metal album of 2008 that deserves a solid listen. The follow-up to 2005's Catch Thirty-Three, obZen is the product of a year's worth of writing and marks something of a regression for the band, according to guitarist Mårten Hagström.

"We had this vision to make a dense album that was going back to the old songwriting structure we'd been using, where it'd have songs that were linked to each other by a common thread but still had a different identity," he explained.

"Now, listening back to the album, that's something I think is the best part of the album, that we pulled that off and managed to get the diversity in there - if you can call what we're doing 'diverse,' with the kind of aggression that's involved. But we aimed to make an album that had that severe, aggressive quality to it. We wanted to get back to the sheer intensity of what we do, but really, it was all a semiconscious thing for us.

"I think this album's a little more direct than the previous ones," he continued. "It's more back to the in-your-face brutality of our older records and has a lot of qualities of what we've done over our career."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Morbid Angel Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Legendary Florida death metallers MORBID ANGEL have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (headliner June 27)
JUDAS PRIEST (headliner June 29)
CARCASS
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
MORBID ANGEL
AT THE GATES
MESHUGGAH
ENSLAVED

More bands will be announced soon.

MORBID ANGEL is currently in the studio working on material for its first studio album since 2003's "Heretic". The upcoming CD will mark the group's first release to feature frontman David Vincent since 1995's "Domination".

MORBID ANGEL is presently unsigned, having parted ways with Earache Records following "Heretic"'s release.

Although MORBID ANGEL's upcoming album does not currently have a name, its title will likely begin with the letter "I", in keeping with the band's tradition of titling their albums in alphabetical order beginning with 1989's "Altars of Madness", and continuing through "Heretic".

MORBID ANGEL's current lineup includes Vincent, guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.

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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2007 Awards

Looking back, 2007 was an interesting year in metal. The year started off great for tours - here in the US and seemingly everywhere from the news we reported all year - and continued to offer strong showings throughout the entire year. However, we lost quite a number of brothers in metal in 2007. Despite that fact and the fact that there were few truly big releases in 2007, it still seemed to be a good year for metal as a whole - a year in which the underground got to shine through just a little more than usual.

That said, let's reflect on some of the things that made 2007 such a good year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks from 2006. As in previous years, I've polled the entire staff here at Metalunderground.com about their favorite albums and performances of last year.

Here are the Metalunderground.com staff picks for the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2007, Best Metal DVD of 2007, Best Metal Newcomer of 2007, Best Live Act of 2007, and Most Anticipated Release for 2008. More...

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Meshuggah Drummer Explains Tour Cancellation

Drummer Tomas Haake of the Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH recently spoke to Rock Sound magazine about the reasons for the cancellation of the band's planned November 2007 tour with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.

"We really rushed the 'Nothing' album because we had to leave to go to Ozzfest, and in our eyes the production on that album really suffered," Haake admitted. "This time around, we really did not want anything like that to happen again. If it was three or four years ago, we probably would have done the DILLINGER tour then come back and continued with the album, but this time we felt we needed to remain focused and not disturb the evolution of the album so we could get the best results."

MESHUGGAH's new CD, "obZen", is scheduled for release in North American on March 11, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2005's "Catch Thirty Three" will contain nine songs and will have a running time of around 55 minutes.

In a recent interview with Decibel magazine, Haake stated about the new record, "The album is much more dense, while still being very clear and audible as far as drumparts and guitar riffs. Lyrically it's quite different from 'Catch Thirty Three', more diverse. There is, however, somewhat of a 'red line' or concept running through all of them."

"obZen" track listing:

01. Combustion
02. Electric Red
03. Bleed
04. Lethargica
05. ObZen
06. This Spiteful Snake
07. Pineal Gland Optics
08. Pravus
09. Dancers To A Discordant System

MESHUGGAH will support MINISTRY on the North American leg of "C U LaTouR" beginning on March 26 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Also appearing on the bill is HEMLOCK.

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Meshuggah Drummer Discusses New Album

Drummer Tomas Haake of the Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH recently spoke to Decibel magazine about the group's forthcoming CD, "obZen", due in Germany on March 7, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records (with the U.S. release likely on March 11). The follow-up to 2005's "Catch Thirty Three" will contain nine songs and will have a running time of around 55 minutes.

Commented Haake: "The album is much more dense, while still being very clear and audible as far as drumparts and guitar riffs. Lyrically it's quite different from 'Catch Thirty Three', more diverse. There is, however, somewhat of a 'red line' or concept running through all of them." More...

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Nuclear Blast Extends Century Family Contract

Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987, ranked #11 in the "Top 20 Rock/Metal Labels" and #41 in the "Top 50 Labels" charts by Hit Quarters in 2007, Nuclear Blast Records has extended its production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc. for the United States.

From his office in Germany, Nuclear Blast label owner and President Markus Staiger had this to say about the continued two-year contract renewal:

"We are very thrilled to continue our work with the Century Family. It is great that 2 metal companies can work together so close without any problems and fun to have such professional and nice people in the U.S. working for us! Be sure to expect a great year in 2008 for NUCLEAR BLAST and Century Media. NUCLEAR BLAST will release new titles from MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KATAKLYSM, KORPIKLAANI, THREAT SIGNAL, ALL SHALL PERSIH, DEATH ANGEL, HYPOCRISY, IMMORTAL, and EXODUS, as well as a stunning new album from TESTAMENT and AVANTASIA's third album The Scarecrow (featuring members of KISS, SCORPIONS, MAGNUM, Jorn Lande, and more), along with some IN FLAMES re-releases, too. Also, keep an eye out for our new U.S. signings - they are all young, fresh and brutal new acts with tremendous new albums. Among these is SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY who play brutal Florida Grind-Death Metal! Big thanks goes to the NB U.S.A. Team, Century Media, and our distributor Caroline/EMI. Special THANKS to our great metal fans!"

Since 2000, Nuclear Blast has maintained U.S. staff and operations in Los Angeles via a successful and long-running production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc., parent of Century Media Records. Century Media currently maintains a distribution deal with Caroline/EMI which it manages for Nuclear Blast under the arrangement.

States Century Media CEO Oliver Withoeft:

"Nuclear Blast and Century Media are looking forward to an even closer cooperation in 2008. The new year will prove to be a decisive year for the music industry, and we will continue to be at the forefront of setting trends in Metal. Our customers will be pleased to learn that we will expand our offers beyond the traditional ways of selling music."

2007 has been a year of distinction for Nuclear Blast in both Europe and North America. In addition to hosting a celebratory 20 year anniversary festival in Stuttgart this past October in the presence of over 6,000 metal fans, various 2007 releases made extremely noteworthy entries onto the Billboard charts.

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Carcass Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

The 2008 edition of Italy's Gods Of Metal Festival (www.godsofmetal.it) will be taking place at the Arena Parco Nord in Bologna from June 27th - 29th.

The latest act confirmed for the festival, according to Groovebox.it, is Britain's CARCASS.

Acts on the bill currently include: IRON MAIDEN (headlining June 27th), JUDAS PRIEST (headlining June 29th), CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, AT THE GATES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and ENSLAVED.

More bands will be announced soon.

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ANATHEMA
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANGRA
AT THE GATES
BENIGHTED
BORN FROM PAIN
CARCASS
CULT OF LUNA
ELUVEITIE
FORBIDDEN
GHOST BRIGADE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MESHUGGAH
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
PARADISE LOST
SEPTIC FLESH
SHINING
SICK OF IT ALL
SONATA ARCTICA
TESTAMENT
THE OLD DEAD TREE

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