Meshuggah Update

Meshuggah have updated their website, informing us of a couple of cool things:

  • They will be entering the  studio soon, and hope to have the new album out in September
  • Tomas Haake has a new signature Vic Firth drum stick coming out.
  • They will be playing shows in Europe from June through to August.  Keep checking their tour page for more details.

Good news, since I loved the last few Meshuggah releases.  If only they’d tour Australia at some stage….

More Meshuggah

Bastardometer from Toolarmy posted some more Meshuggah news for us all, including some Drum Workshop dates with their drummer Tomas Haake.

An audio recording of MESHUGGAH bassist Dick Lövgren and drummer Tomas Haake‘s clinic on Wednesday (Nov. 15) in Örebro, Sweden has been posted online: Part#1, Part#2. A MESHUGGAH fan by the name of Anders who attended the clinic put together the following report: “It was like this: First they played a medley of different MESHUGGAH parts like 12-15 minutes. Then there was a lot of talk about all sorts of stuff. Their approach to music in general, some examples of ‘odd cycles,’ a lot of questions for the audience. And then they played a second medley about the same length. Did not hear any new material since they are in writing mode right now. Tomas talked a little bit about the new material and to say something about that is that they will use a lot of odd cycles (of course), but they will be much longer before they repeat, if they ever repeat. Something like that. And also that they for this album are gonna rehearse a lot as a band before entering the studio, which they haven’t been able to do due to time/financial concerns. Tomas has always recorded the drums by himself with out any rough guitar (‘cuz the others haven’t learned the songs). His mind is so focused on the structure of the song that he haven’t been able to play free or feeling as confident with the material as he would like.”

Upcoming Dick Lövgren / Tomas Haake Swedish clinics:

Nov. 22 – Göteborg Sticky Fingers
Nov. 24 – Borlänge
Nov. 25 – Gävle 15.00, Musikhuset/Sjömanskyrkan, St Esplanadgatan 1
Nov. 27 – Falköping Lilla Teatern, Dotorpsgatan 13
Nov. 28 – Motala
Nov. 30 – Stockholm 20.00, Street, Hornstulls Strand 9

MESHUGGAH has issued the following update on the group’s current activities:

“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.”

Meshuggah Update

G emailed me today to let me know that there’s a new Meshuggah interview available on the net.  I haven’t listened to it, but I’m told the guys are currently writing material for their follow-up to Catch Thirty Three, with demos to be recorded in December.  The release date is expected to be in the fall, presumably of the Northern Hemisphere.

Check the interview out here.

Haake Drum Clinic

According to Bastardometer on Toolarmy, Tomas Haake from Meshuggah will be leading a couple drum clinics, one in London and the other in Stockholm. If you want to learn to drum like a mathematical machine, then it’s probably worth checking out…

MESHUGGAH’s Tomas Haake will be conducting drum clinics at the following two locations this month:

1) Sunday, Sept. 24 – DrummerLive 2006 – ExCeL Centre, London Docklands

Haake will appear between 11:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon)

For more information, visit

2) Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006 – EBS Bass n’ Drum Days 2006, Stockholm, Sweden

Address: New Life, Fridhemsgatan 17 at Fridhemsplan

Tickets, 10,000 Days, Meshuggah

A few snippets today. According to several people there are unstantiated rumours going around in street magazines such as Beat saying there will be more ticket sales and/or shows coming up. Nothing to support this yet, but fingers crossed we should see some more action soon.

For all those who are hanging out to hear 10,000 Days played on Tool‘s tour, Justin gives us an update in the Mercury News:

“We’ve been rehearsing it, and it’s going to figure quite largely in the show,” Chancellor says. “There’s a side of it that’s very emotional in playing it, so it’ll be one of the hardest songs I think we’ve ever done. It goes pretty deep for all of us.”

Thanks to isdfx on Toolarmy for the link.

According to bastardometer on Toolarmy, Meshuggah are preparing to re-release their Nothing CD. The new edition of the album will include re-recorded guitars, as well as a special holographic case. Not my favorite Meshuggah CD, but I’m sure it’ll be interesting anyway.

Belated Birthday, Meshuggah

It was Justin’s Birthday on the 19th November. I missed it, so, on the off-chance Justin actually reads this blog – sorry! And hurry up with some news on that bass guitar strap dammit!

Meshuggah fans, check out this great interview:

Melvins and Meshuggah announce new releases

The Melvins and Meshuggah have plenty in common. They both have toured with Tool. They both have great drummers. They both start with the letter M. And they both recently announced a new release.

Firstly, The Melvins have announced a new album called Hold It In set for release on October 14. The album features Buzz and Dale as usual, but rather than the usual four-piece, they are joined by Butthole Surfers Jeff Pinkus and Paul Leary.

“‘Hold It In’ is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit,” said Osborne.

“Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride.

“I can’t believe this actually happened. I’m thrilled.”

“It’s very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the ‘Break A Wish’ foundation, all at the same time,” said Pinkus. “I believe they’ll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).”

Aussie Melvins fans should also remember that King Buzzo is doing his solo thing later this month.

Onto Meshuggah: they will be releasing yet another live DVD. Titled The Ophidian Trek, this release will have both a DVD and Blu-Ray version and features tracks recorded from their last tour. This includes a show from Wacken recorded in 2013.

Here’s a track listing:

Live DVD:
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 – 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
Live CD 1:
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 – I Am Colossus
Live CD 2:
01 – Bleed
02 – Demiurge
03 – New Millennium Cyanide Christ
04 – Dancers To A Discordant System
05 – Mind’s Mirrors / In Death – Is Life / In Death – Is Death
06 – The Last Vigil

Brothers In Arms

Meshuggah, Animals As Leaders and Intronaut tour dates

I don’t usually post tour dates that aren’t for Tool or their related side projects, but this one was a little too good to pass up. As noted in the title, Meshuggah, Animals As Leaders and Intronaut will be joining forces for what looks like an awesome North American tour. Here are the dates:

02/11/13 Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
02/12/13 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
02/13/13 The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
02/14/13 Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
02/15/13 Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
02/16/13 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
02/17/13 House of Blues – Boston, MA
02/19/13 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/20/13 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
02/21/13 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
02/22/13 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
02/23/13 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
02/24/13 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
02/26/13 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
02/27/13 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/01/13 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
03/02/13 Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA
03/03/13 House of Blues @ Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV

Word is there are more dates to be added, so keep your eyes peeled if you feel like your town has missed out! Thanks to Metal Sucks for the info!

Meshuggah’s Sinews Give Us Slow Motion Headbanging

Sick of me posting about Meshuggah yet? Too bad. Here’s an Official Video from the lead song of their just released Koloss Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion:

Koloss is great by the way, and well worth checking out! You can still listen to the whole thing legally here. Actually you can’t, the web page still works, however the songs have since been removed. I’m sure they’re all on Youtube anyway…

Meshuggah Koloss samples on Amazon

_PlanetX posted in the forum today that Amazon UK has posted 30 second samples for each track off the forthcoming Meshuggah album Koloss.  I have to say it’s sounding damn tasty so far.  If you decide you want to order it via Amazon, then I’d appreciate you use this link!

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