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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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    no one cares about your band

    30 Jul 4:56pm Reply
  • muhamor-griboc

    extralow tune

    29 Jul 1:58pm Reply

    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
  • Cabrasevera

    Meshuggah is why djent even exists[2]

    26 Jul 7:26am Reply

    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

    "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
  • ArthurSchon

    Fredrik Thordendal is such a underrated guitarist, his soloing style is fucking unique.

    23 Jul 2:35am Reply
  • elnimio

    \\/ YES! I was hoping someone would do one with that guy. I would've picked another song, though...

    22 Jul 8:42pm Reply
  • fylledal

    meshuggah grandpa:

    22 Jul 1:28pm Reply
  • introvertical

    I think a lot of people are turned off by this band because they just don't have an ear for it. It can take some time to get used to the bizarre and dissonant rhythms they create. Also their music is very groove oriented. Hence why so many people complain that "all the songs sound the same" (which is a common complaint for all styles of music).

    22 Jul 2:20am Reply
  • sunjay140

    Maybe you have no respect for people's opinions.

    22 Jul 1:06am Reply
  • elnimio

    \\/ Maybe if your ears don't function properly....

    21 Jul 11:13pm Reply
  • sunjay140

    I just can't get into them. Their songs all sound the same.

    21 Jul 9:02pm Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    DiCaprio is better at vocals IMO

    20 Jul 11:39pm Reply
  • Pheneks

    Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion is probably my all-time favorite song of theirs.

    20 Jul 12:57am Reply
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