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Umeå, Sweden (1987 – present)

Meshuggah, whose name is taken from the Hebrew and Yiddish word for “crazy”, is a five-piece band from Umeå, Sweden, founded in 1987. The band’s style is most easily described as / with some influence. They use extended polymetric passages, polyrhythmic drum patterns, angular, dissonant guitar riffs, and harsh vocals. Their lineup has always been consistent, apart from bass which has been handled by many people since the band’s inception. Their current lineup consists of Jens Kidman (vocals), Fredrik Thordendal (lead/rhythm guitar + backup vocals), Mårten Hagström (rhythm guitar + backup vocals), Dick Lövgren (bass) and Tomas Haake (drums).

Meshuggah is widely acknowledged as an influence on many modern metal bands from Textures to Tool. They are regarded as pioneers by critics and musicians alike.


Psykisk Testbild (EP, 1989)
Contradictions Collapse (1991)
None (EP, 1994)
Selfcaged (1995)
Destroy Erase Improve (1995)
The True Human Design (1997)
Chaosphere (1998)
Contradictions Collapse and None (1999)
Rare Trax (2001)
Nothing (2002)
I (EP, 2004)
Catch Thirty-Three (2005)
Nothing (Re-Release With DVD) (2006)
obZen (2008)
Alive (2010)
Koloss (2012)
Pitch Black (2013)

Band history

Meshuggah was formed in Umeå in 1987; two years later, the band released their first record, an EP entitled Psykisk Testbild (which can be roughly translated as “Psychological test image”. This recording displayed a straightforward thrash metal influenced sound, with some strains along the lines of Metallica’s concurrent releases.


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  • RipeCadaver

    I have to admit I was repelled from Math Metal when I first heard about it from various sources, but revisiting DEI after almost a decade and ObZen, I find this band just plain awesome! Meshuggah is very unique, like their bandname, and the drumming is about as great as it can get in metal music. Ignoring some of the previous sentences, in short, I am hooked for life!

    Yesterday 2:18pm Reply
  • TheWrathofThor

    This band is good, but I think Dimmu Borgir are much better at this sort of music

    Yesterday 1:03pm Reply
  • hrenopod


    25 Jul 7:50pm Reply
  • Smooooooth

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    24 Jul 7:42pm Reply
  • Edgecrvsher

    There's not a more destructive musical combination than listening to I and Catch 33 back-to-back. Seriously.

    24 Jul 5:42am Reply
  • MystCall


    23 Jul 4:42am Reply
  • Edgecrvsher

    There are plenty of worthwhile Metal bands out there. Meshuggah are one of the best Metal bands to have come into existence, however. Your average Metal band just can't fuck with a band that put out masterpieces like Destroy Erase Improve, Nothing and Catch 33.

    18 Jul 6:45am Reply
  • Liafev

    @CriticalSwitch : Nonsense !

    16 Jul 9:26am Reply
  • zeboki

    *meshuggah face*... also, 'djent'? hah!

    12 Jul 7:12pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    One of the very very few really good metal bands.

    8 Jul 9:26am Reply
  • PsychoZombieCFH

    contradictions collapse>>> all meshuggah's albums

    4 Jul 2:32pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    Contradictions Collapse is extremely underrated. People seem to discredit for not having production as polished as the albums that followed. I really love the rougher production, and the drums sound great.

    22 Jun 5:54am Reply
  • offdienko_stas


    20 Jun 5:39pm Reply
  • OutbreakOfFools

    I see people still tag this as "djent" xD

    8 Jun 10:40pm Reply
  • dersonveloso

    Now this is music

    3 Jun 12:20am Reply
  • MoogInRow

    Chaosphere is sick as hell, but i love Catch33 and Nothing way more

    20 May 11:39pm Reply
  • padavanGreg

    To vskutku kurva jest epické, souhlasím.

    15 May 12:05pm Reply
  • Sebtab19901

    Chaosphere is so underated...[2]

    11 May 12:08am Reply
  • GolyJelen

    to jest kurwa epickie

    8 May 11:11pm Reply
  • Shaqayeqe

    Men Who Cook Are Sexy

    8 May 4:52am Reply
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