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From: Umeå, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have set "obZen" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in early 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.
Commented drummer Tomas Haake: "We've finished the recording a couple weeks back! It sounds really good and we're super-excited about the new stuff!"
Haake told Revolver magazine at the end of last year that MESHUGGAH would be returning on its next album to the pummeling double bass drums and angular riffage that defined their early material to sculpt what they say will be their most savage, eclectic offering yet. "We've got some fast, intense songs and hectic, heavy stuff that draws from all the things we've done in the past," Haake said at the time. "It's so great to actually be playing drums again."
A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
To put their fans at ease, Meshuggah have made the following announcement on ther website (which is back up)
"We regrettably have to inform you that we have been forced to pull out of the November Euro tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan. There are several reasons for this. The main one being the fact that the album recording has taken longer than what was originally planned.
As an effect of that - NB has moved the album release to Jan/Feb of 2008.
In light of this we choose to not do a tour that could compromise the outcome of the album as well as possibly delaying the release even more.
Our intention was to have the album out in November and then do this as the first tour in direct support of the release. With this “album-promotional” aspect of the tour gone, we feel that we should instead focus on the most important thing at hand - the album!
We realize that this is a big disappointment to everyone who didn't have the opportunity to catch us on the European tour last summer but we will be back in 2008 touring the new album. Tourdates will be posted shortly!
Our apologies to the other bands on the bill and to all who already bought their tickets as well as those who were about to do so. The tickets are, of course, refundable.
Trouble has been brewing with Meshuggah since the contract renewal with Nuclear Blast. In recent months their website fell into serious disrepair, and is now offline, and their MySpace stopped being maintained as well. Rumors flew that there were issues with the band until they announced an upcoming album and tour with Dillinger Escape Plan this fall.
Much to severe disappointment and now fear for many fans, the following statement was posted by Dillinger Escape Plan:
"Due to circumstances not in our control, and I'll leave it up to the other band on the tour to explain this one, The Dillinger Escape Plan/Meshuggah European tour in November WILL NOT be happening. If you bought tickets, contact whoever you bought them from for a refund. Again, if I started to comment on this right now it would probably not be good, so I'll leave it up to them to do the explaining. We were looking forward to this more than any of you can imagine and we are just as disappointed as anyone. HOWEVER, we ARE in the process of confirming a new great tour during the same time period, most likely in the same cities, and will announce it shortly. Stay tuned."
A breakup or other serious conditions cannot be confirmed for Meshuggah at this time, and there has been no further word on the album release. More to come as we get it.
Live 4 Metal are reporting that due to unforeseen circumstances, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and MESHUGGAH November UK tour is now cancelled.
No more info is available at the moment.
In related news, and as previously reported, A LIFE ONCE LOST will hit the road alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan for a planned three week trek that will launch on October 4th in Cleveland, OH.
Tour dates include:
4 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
5 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
6 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
7 - Saint Paul, MN - Station 4
8 - Papillion, NE - The Rock
9 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
14 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
17 - Spring, TX - Java Jazz
20 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
21 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
24 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
25 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
Los Angeles’ “extravagant gothic/metal/carnival/rock” act STOLEN BABIES will be making their European debut this November supporting the previously announced tour featuring MESHUGGAH and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. Confirmed tour dates can be found online here.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN were recently joined by STOLEN BABIES drummer Gil Sharone, following the departure of drummer Chris Pennie for COHEED AND CAMBRIA. It’s not presently clear if Sharone will be drumming on DILLINGER’s upcoming headlining U.S. tour as well
Swedish experimental metallers MESHUGGAH will hit the road together with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN in mid-November.
Upcoming Meshuggah dates include:
30 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown
2 - Kristiansand, Norway - Quart Festival
7 - Bergum, Holland - Waldrock
8 - Salzhaus, Switzerland - Winthertur
10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Rock Café
12 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Festival
14 - Venice, Italy - Frozen Rock Open Air
November (with The Dillinger Escape Plan)
13 - Essen, Germany - Zeche Carl
16 - Erfurt, Germany - Centrum
18 - Berlin, Germany - Kato
19 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
22 - München, Germany - New Backstage
Meshuggah are expected to release their new album before the end of the year, via Nuclear Blast. Stay tuned for updates.
CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell has posted a report from the band's appearance at the Nova Rock festival, which took place June 15-17 on the Pannonia Fields in Burgenland, the easternmost federal state of Austria (near Nickelsdorf and the Hungarian and Slovak borders). An excerpt follows:
"Jocke (Skog, keyboards) tried to say 'Hi' to the SLAYER guys from MESHUGGAH, as they had asked him to, but being the big American stars that they are, they (SLAYER) didn't really have time to listen to what us peasants had to say. They were too busy being the biggest stars of the evening. Too bad their show sucked ass! We stood in the crowd for about 15 minutes really trying to enjoy it, but in the end we simply realized that it was fucking boring. No show spirit worth mentioning, just big attitudes and no knowledge of how to communicate with the fans. Of course they get away with it because they're SLAYER, but it was still lame, if you ask me!"
On the topic of the new album's lyrical direction, frontman Zak Tell recently said, "Paedophilia, addiction, death, suicide bombers, self-esteem issues and misers are a few of the topics I've chosen to write about this time around. Not very uplifting stuff, I guess, but hey that's just me and it's not as if I actually plan it, it just happens, I promise! There are a few positive lyrics as well so it's not all gloom, doom and troubled thoughts. A majority of the tracks are though."
"Anyway, I guess there are a few different reasons as to why I chose to write about the stuff I do, the logical one being that the music we play is of a slightly aggressive nature and therefore inspires darker lyrics, although that's not entirely true as we also have softer and less serious songs and I sometimes also break free from the given formula. Most of the time I don't, though, out of fear of getting lost! The second reason is that it's simply my outlet for all the less pleasant things that go through my head. My everyday life is fairly normal and family-orientated so to get some sort of balance I use CLAWFINGER as my frustration ventilator or whatever you want to call it!"
Sweden's MESHUGGAH have updated the "Tour" page at their official website with the addition of the following European summer festival dates:
23 - Kauhajoki, Finland - Nummirock
29 - Borlänge, Sweden - Peace & Love
30 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown
2 - Kristiansand, Norway - Quart Festival
7 - Bergum, Holland - Waldrock
8 - Salzhaus, Switzerland - Winthertur
12 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Festival
14 - Venice, Italy - Frozen Rock Open Air More...
According to Revolver magazine, Meshuggah is nearly halfway through the writing process for their next album. Writing commenced in August and the band has completed (sans vocals) roughly four tracks. Meshuggah hopes to finish the album by March, with a May release planned. Comments drummer Tomas Haake, "We've got some fast, intense songs and hectic, heavy stuff that draws from all the things we've done in the past. It's so great to actually be playing drums again."
Meshuggah is currently writing a new album, which they hope to release in late-spring 2007. The group has issued the following update:
"Right now we are writing material for the new album. After the Nothing re-release, we more-or-less finished working on our studio, so know we're putting together a kind of demo to see where we are at material-wise and basically give the studio, the songs, and us a test-run, heh, heh. We are swimming in dark waters that constitute putting an album together and whatever we find beneath the surface is definitely gonna be... interesting. Suffice to say that we're in a weird but inspirational period right now. It's all gonna be about the writing during November. The demo recording is hopefully happening in December in-between the pinball tournaments here in the studio. Then we'll see where we're at, I guess. In hell, probably. We've got no working title or concrete cover ideas yet, but it's getting there. It's the slow process of coming to terms with the material we've got and hopefully understand what to make of it. The plan is to have the album out late Spring or - if things get fucked up - early Fall. Naturally, the touring will be planned around the album release, so we'll see when we get closer to completing the album."
The current reigning champ of all of the horror film franchises – Saw – will have the third and most psychologically intense installment of the series – Saw III hit theaters on October 27th. Fans of the series will be excited to hear that the Saw III Soundtrack (Artists' Addiction Records) will feature twenty tracks from of some of the hardest, bone crushing rock bands on the planet including: Blue October, Slayer, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Ministry, and many others. Brand new exclusive tracks from Static X "No Submission," and Drowning Pool "No More," are stand out songs on the Saw III Soundtrack.
Saw III (Twisted Pictures & Lionsgate) stars Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell. Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfayden) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.
Saw star Shawnee Smith makes a cameo singing backup vocals on Hydrovibe's track "Killer Inside" on the Saw III Soundtrack.
"I've am a huge fan of this band Hydrovibe!," commented Shawnee. "Heather St. Marie has a breathtakingly beautiful voice as powerful as my character in the Saw films: Amanda. I'm thrilled our female fan base has a movie and a soundtrack to sink our patent leather stilettos into."
Here is the final track listing for the Saw III soundtrack (as well as a couple of audio streams): More...
The remixed and remastered CD/DVD reissue of Meshuggah's "Nothing" has been slated for a Halloween, October 31st North American release date through Nuclear Blast.
The cover artwork for MESHUGGAH's upcoming remixed version of its acclaimed 2002 effort, "Nothing" has been posted online at this location. Due on September 15 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD will include a bonus DVD containing live footage from the Swedish experimental extreme metallers' most recent European tour.
MESHUGGAH's latest album, "Catch Thirty Three", was nominated for a Swedish Grammy in the "Best Hard Rock" category. Other nominees were CANDLEMASS ("Candlemass"), HAMMERFALL ("Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken"), HARDCORE SUPERSTAR ("Hardcore Superstar") and OPETH ("Ghost Reveries").
MESHUGGAH last December extended their deal with the publishing company Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia.
This year's Swedish Grammy awards took place on Tuesday, February 7th. In the category "Best hard rock" the following were nominated:
Hammerfall, Chapter V: Unbent, unbowed, unbroken
Hardcore Superstar, Hardcore Superstar
Meshuggah, Catch thirtythree
Opeth, Ghost reveries
Candlemass were the lucky ones to secure the 2006 award with the following motivation from the jury:
"The pioneers of modern doom metal finally succeeded in reuniting their most classic line-up. The result was an eponymous album of epic proportions."
Sweden's math metal alchemists, Meshuggah has been nominated for a Grammy in their home country. Nuclear Blast Records issued the following statement:
Among the comforts of label mates Candlemass and Hammerfall, Meshuggah are nominated for the Swedish Grammy for Best Rock album. "Catch Thirty-Three," which hit streets on May 31st, 2005 here in the United States has been praised continually for pushing the envelope yet againand only as Meshuggah does best!
No matter how intense, complex and obscure, Swedish experimentalists Meshuggah (translates in Yiddish to crazy) continue to receive increasing worldwide respect with every distinctive release. Since their formation in 1987, this outlandish unit have been declared as one of the ten most important hard and heavy bands by Rolling Stone, the most important band in metal by Alternative Press, one of the top 100 metal bands by Hit Parader and co-headlined the second stage at the world famous Ozzfest.
With all the mania Meshuggah have driven upon their minions, the relentless and hypnotic "Catch Thirty Three," drove the world to recognize the true musical talent these Swedes contain.
Candlemass - Candlemass
Hammerfall - Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken
Hardcore Superstar - Hardcore Superstar
Meshuggah - Catch Thirty-Three
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake spoke to Katrina Thompson about the band’s musical complexity that has made them such a distinct act, as well as their latest effort, "Catch 33" (2005, Nuclear Blast Records) and the band’s future plans. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
- Metal Temple: When can we expect another album?
- Tomas Haake: "After this tour we start writing again, which was what we were gonna do this last spring when we were done with ’Catch 33’ (2005) because we weren’t gonna tour for it. We were just gonna take like three weeks off and go right back into rehearsal and start writing but now we did this tour after all. So, this winter we start writing for the next one. We’re definitely gonna take our time with this one though because we did a few mistakes in the past, as most bands have, like with the ’Chaosphere’ (1998) album, we accepted the Slayer tour so we had to rush the recording and the production suffered from it, I think. And the same thing for the ’Nothing’ (2002) album. We would have needed at least another three months for that album and when we had already gone into the studio for the recording, we got the offer to play Ozzfest and we accepted. But the album suffered from it, I think, especially production wise. We had to rush it real bad. We just didn’t have any time for anything, not to even reflect on what we were doing.
We recorded the vocals in like seven days and for ’Chaosphere’ we used eleven weeks for the vocals, so there’s a big difference. For the mix we used two days and then we mastered the day after. Then the morning after that, we flew out to Ozzfest. So it was pretty crazy. We never had the time to listen to it or anything and normally we use like two weeks for mixing and then stay off of it for a week or two, then master it. That’s like the way we would prefer to do it at least. But this was like record and once the recording was done the next day, do two days of mastering then take off to the US. So, it was pretty crazy.
This time we’re definitely going to take our time and not have any tour offers distract us, hopefully. So yeah, we’re gonna take our time for this album, which unfortunately we’re not fast song writers. Writing this type of music usually takes us quite a lot of time, so I would think that the better part of 2006 would be us writing and recording. But then again, like after that, we’re gonna tour more seriously. Like we still haven’t been to Australia or Japan or South America, so we’re gonna try to do the whole world next time over and do Europe and the U.S. probably at least a few times each. So we’re looking at doing maybe two years of touring after that album, that is our plan at least. So hopefully like late 2006 or early 2007. It seems weird because it’s still 2005 [Laughs]. A lot of bands just go to the studio for three weeks and they write as they get there, then they record and they’re done and for us one song could take a month just to write one song."
- Metal Temple: I’m not surprised. From knowing your music I’m not surprised at all that it takes that long.
- Tomas Haake: "Yeah and we scrutinize everything too. We have a tendency to maybe overdo that a bit but at the same time the music kind of demands it in a way."
- Metal Temple: Are there any plans for a live album or DVD?
- Tomas Haake: "Yeah we have plans for that too. Unfortunately we don’t have the material like live performance recordings or anything to release that prior to the touring after the next album, so it’s probably not going to happen until like 2007. And if we do a thing like that, we really want to do it professionally and get like 6 or 7 cameras out and record like 10 shows and have a separate audio rig for that as far as recording devices go - like use pro tools or something to bring that out. It’s gonna cost a lot of money but we don’t see any point in releasing like a half shady bad sounding DVD. We want to do it all out in that case. It’s in the plans but it’s not gonna happen within the next year."
Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.
Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.
Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:
God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation
Disc Two Includes:
Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral
Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies
Meshuggah has changed their November 4th gig at the Warehouse Live in Houston, TX to the The Backroom in Austin, TX.
Upcoming Meshuggah dates:
Oct. 30 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Oct. 31 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
Nov. 01 Santa Ana, CA - Soma
Nov. 02 Tempe, AX - Marquee Theatre
Nov. 04 Austin, TX - The Backroom
Nov. 05 Oklahoma City, OK - Bricktown Live
Nov. 06 Sauget, IL - Pop's
Nov. 07 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Nov. 08 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Nov. 09 Poughkeepsie, NY - Chance Theatre
Meshuggah have been forced to cancel their UK tour, which was supposed to take place this December.