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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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  • MosherSam13

    "Well by that logic, shouldn't Contradictions Collapse have the most plays?" good point, probably because Meshuggah's popularity shot up when Obzen was released, plus Bleed is their most popular song so that would have given the album more plays, they're the only reasons I can think of.

    6 hours ago Reply
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  • MoogInRow

    @GodofDeathMetal listen to Catch33, that album is their best

    29 Jan 11:28am Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I like 'em, I'm gonna get more into 'em this year.

    28 Jan 5:16pm Reply
  • TheWrathofThor


    22 Jan 9:14pm Reply
  • HolyBeef

    Combustion on the 2nd place... People, u're sick

    11 Jan 10:58am Reply
  • SuomiKolli665

    Man, I ought to buy ObZen one of these days... So many killer tunes on that album.

    9 Jan 10:09pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    SchWarG: I think it's because Bleed and Combustion became sort of "hits" and still persist in popularity for some reason.

    8 Jan 7:55pm Reply
  • TacticalBaconz

    "In Death - Is Death" not in Top Tracks...some people are missing out.

    8 Jan 9:39am Reply
  • SchWarG

    Well by that logic, shouldn't Contradictions Collapse have the most plays?

    6 Jan 5:51am Reply
  • MosherSam13

    Probably because obZen was released 4 years before Koloss

    2 Jan 3:58pm Reply
  • SchWarG

    Always wondered why obZen still gets so much more play than Koloss.

    2 Jan 4:11am Reply
  • DarthDie

    "I" not in Top Tracks...some people are missing ou

    1 Jan 6:29pm Reply
  • nomapple

    Incredible live act. I'll admit I don't really get them on record, but woah.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • WhatABoringName

    Here's to hoping they actually filmed one of these anniversary shows for some sort of release in the future. Those older songs kicked so much ass it would be a shame if there wouldn't be a high quality live recording to go around.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MoogInRow

    Stengah not in Top Tracks...some people are missing out [5]

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Niggahrz

    Tonight in Amsterdam was one of the best and most impressive Meshuggah shows I've ever seen.. they keep getting better and better live.. the C33 segment at the end was fucking mindblowing holy shit

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • What-

    Stengah not in Top Tracks...some people are missing out [4]

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • tfaaon

    the anniversary setlist is so awesome.... it has great chances to be the gig of the year !

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    I like juice

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
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