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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.

Discography

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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  • flori_hedig

    German review for the new album online at metal4.de. "I (Special Edition) Re-Release" gets 7,5 out of 10! http://www.metal4.de/review/meshuggah-i-special-edition/

    Yesterday 7:38am Reply
  • nlventura93

    The Demon's Name is Surveillance!!

    Yesterday 7:14am Reply
  • obZen2012

    God

    30 Aug 4:20pm Reply
  • KrossPoison

    applestuddel. Stop.

    28 Aug 2:11pm Reply
  • vonGrav

    if you say so

    20 Aug 8:52pm Reply
  • Pheneks

    But At the Gates suck nowadays...

    16 Aug 2:19am Reply
  • vonGrav

    Meshuggah and At the Gates should do a world tour together. just imagine that.

    15 Aug 2:23am Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    robotz

    13 Aug 6:14pm Reply
  • introvertical

    @lter__Impius I understand where you're coming from. For me the it was just getting used to the band as an entire package, there wasn't one specific outlier. The only time vocals have been a problem for me is black metal. A good example is Agalloch, when I heard the track "Limbs" I loved the instrumentation but could not get past how harsh the vocals were. I'm used to them now. And I'm glad you're finally able to appreciate the genius of Meshuggah.

    9 Aug 4:49am Reply
  • aylion

    I LIKE JUICE IT'S A PURE FILTERED VITAMIN SUBSTANCE

    8 Aug 2:31pm Reply
  • MICHAELETRON

    no one cares about your band

    30 Jul 4:56pm Reply
  • muhamor-griboc

    extralow tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyLWfZq3xug

    29 Jul 1:58pm Reply
  • MICHAELETRON

    but he isn't underrated? the metal world recognizes him as one of the greats, which is all that matters because people who don't listen to metal don't give a shit

    29 Jul 12:57am Reply
  • lter__Impius

    @introvertical: Also the vocals. I remember back in 2008-2009 my problem with this band was not the rhythms nor anything from their instrumental side; in fact I loved the "music", it was just the vocals that turned me off. The same problem I had with other bands that used similar lead vocals, such as Neurosis. It wasn't until this year that it all came together.

    28 Jul 2:20pm Reply
  • Unorthodox

    I don't think he's underrated. I remember rolling stones calling Meshuggah the most important band in metal...

    28 Jul 6:01am Reply
  • elnimio

    Support Palestine! Boycott Meshuggah for their support of Israel by having a Jewish word as their name!

    27 Jul 7:25pm Reply
  • ArthurSchon

    First of all, I'm not talking about djent or metal. I mean, he's really underrated in the guitar world as a whole. His solos sounds more creative and originals than many famous shredders.

    27 Jul 2:19pm Reply
  • MICHAELETRON

    maybe you should learn to read? the 2nd part of his opinion means nothing in regards to him being underrated. Meshuggah is why djent even exists he isn't underrated at all. don't be dumb.

    25 Jul 5:10pm Reply
  • melodicdrama

    michaeletron: learn how to quote somebody's opinion

    25 Jul 11:16am Reply
  • MICHAELETRON

    "Fredrik Thordendal is such a underrated guitarist" wut. we living on the same planet? him and Marten are the entire reason djent exists.

    25 Jul 1:48am Reply
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