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.”
The baby boomers that listened to prog rock like King Crimson and Yes say that Tool’s music is shit compared to the glory years of the late 60’s and 70’s. What do you think?
That would be a good poll. 1.) Yes 2.) No & 3.) FOAD Doors.
I think that I don’t really care what people my Dad’s age think of Tool, nor do I expect my kids to expect me to like their version of Prog Rock.
The Quantity of Quality Prog rock bands has always been quite low in my book. I’ve heard a little bit of King Crimson but I should give it a listen. Just for you Doors.
By the way is your response always negative in some way, it’s kind of predictable now. Is this an image you would like to portray to this community? Predictability…. is very old and boring.
By the by I had purchased the last Messhugah CD and to be honest I think I could take or leave it really. It’s a little repetative for me.
I agree, but it has its moments. Its killer, killer moments. Sucks that the drumming isn’t real though, metal is so subjective, it really sucks to hear a drum machine.
I can’t vote. It’s no fair. I feel sorry for Spank Rock and Eskimo Joe, I’ve never heard of either, so voting for them would be easy…
Reason why Kobe is the youngest to reach the 17k point mark is because he;s a fucking ballhog.
He also had a head-start by not going to college. He was still a teenager when he started in the NBA.
Hey Panopoly, Tomas sampled each of one of his drums and cymbals using a program called ‘dfh’ (drum kit from hell) and then programmed his tracks using those samples. I haven’t heard any of the songs that have used this method so I cant comment on the sound of his drums or the effects used. From your comments stating it sounds like a drum machine, I may give it a miss. It would be alot of effort setting up each drum and cymbal, mics etc to sample it then have to program where each part goes. It’d be a whole… Read more »
Personally, I think the drum sound is pretty good. I never knew it was a machine until I read about it some time after getting the CD. Catch 33 is my favorite Meshuggah CD btw, and I don’t really think that the next album will have a drum machine anyway, I remember reading it was more of an experiment.
So what does Dick Lövgren tune his bass to? Supposedly the guitarists tune ridiculously low, to F or something. He can’t play an octave below that and still be heard right? So does he just double one of the guitar parts with a thicker sound or something?
Drum machines can sound quite good, listen to some industrial music… I wasn’t talking it down anyway. My point was that the drumming wasn’t performed, which is a bummer when your listening to metal, just as it is when you find out someone other than the band wrote a song. Just because it was his own personal drums that were sampled, doesn’t make it any better in my mind. I read that they just didn’t have as much time as they would have liked to have had from the label. If that’s true, I don’t see how it would have… Read more »
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