Some people think of the crazies things. Most of the time, they just hold onto those thoughts and laugh about what would happen if they actually did it. Then they just go about their lives and that’s that. Then there are people who actually DO crazy things. Why? A better question might be why not?
YouTube user MarvAttaxx is one of those doers. He’s the guy who takes an idea and makes it happen. For example, let’s take a look at how he took a push broom and turned it into a one-string guitar capable of playing Meshuggah‘s “Rational Gaze” or Emmure‘s “Words Of Intulo”. The project involved some haphazard woodworking and MacGyver-ing for the pickup but the end result is a damn impressive broom that sounds rather mean, rather gnarly, and surprisingly awesome. Head on below to give it a listen! READ MORE
Swedish extreme metal masters Meshuggah have released an official video for “I Am Colossus”, which comes from their latest album Koloss (review). The video, directed by Magnus Jonsson, features stunning black and white animation and feels very nightmarish. You can watch the video below. READ MORE
I’m a huge Meshuggah fan. Something about their music just gets my blood boiling and my head banging. If I put it on first thing in the morning, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll have all the energy I need to last me throughout the day.
However, YouTube user ChilliFarmerJoel is one of those guys that needs a cup of coffee after waking up. Also, he seems to enjoy pretending that he’s Meshuggah singer Jens Kidman during this time. Below is video footage of him in his caffeine-deprived state.
Personally, I found pretty hilarious because he moves EXACTLY like Kidman’s live actions. Definitely worth a few chuckles. READ MORE
Meshuggah vocalist Jens Kidman was forced to sit out last night’s performance in Atlanta due to coming down with the flu. However, the band did not cancel their performance, instead creating a post on Facebook stating, “[Kidman]‘s mute for now. WE WILL PLAY ANYWAY. So memorize the lyrics and bring your very best growl Atlanta. You will all be Jens tonight!! Lets make this happen!”
During a performance of “Bleed”, a cardboard cutout of Kidman was put on stage and pre-recorded vocals were broadcasted.
However, during their performance of “New Millennium Cyanide Christ”, singer Sacha Dunable of Intronaut (who is touring with the band) came out to sing the vocals. Check it all out below. READ MORE
Swedish extreme tech metal band Meshuggah has teamed up with Scion A/V to release a two-track EP entitled Pitch Black. The EP features a live rendition of “Dancers To A Discordant System”, which comes from the Obzen album, as well as a brand new song entitled “Pitch Black”. The EP is available for free download below.
Meshuggah’s latest album Koloss landed at #6 on my Top Albums of 2012. You can see the full list here. READ MORE
I got the opportunity to see Tomahawk open up for Tool in 2002 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. To say that I hated the performance is an understatement. I was covering my ears half the time while rolling my eyes the other half. It simply wasn’t music that I wanted to hear, especially considering who would be playing in an hour. I had much the same reaction the first time I saw Meshuggah open up for Tool in 2001.
However, now Meshuggah is one of my favorite metal bands. I simply did not understand what they were doing at the time because I didn’t take the time to really listen and appreciate what exactly they were offering.
And so I entered Tomahawk’s latest release Oddfellows with this type of openness. After all, I have been wrong before. Could I be wrong again? READ MORE
Southern prog rock band Baroness have released a video for “March To The Sea”, which comes off their latest release Yellow & Green (review). The video takes live footage gathered from before their bus accident during their tour with Meshuggah.
Guitarist Pete Adams states, “So here is another video for everyone out there! This was filmed while we were on tour with Meshuggah in the Spring of 2012. Some of you may recognize the footage from several of those shows and the ‘Take My Bones Away’ video as well. We were excited to be back out as it had been since December of 2010 when we had our last tour before taking time off to write Yellow & Green. You can see from the video we were happy to be back on the road. We’re happy now to have this video to share with you all. Enjoy.” READ MORE
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Make sure to check out my worst 5 albums here. READ MORE
Progressive metal band Intronaut has announced six headline tour dates through the South before embarking as support on the Meshuggah/Animals As Leaders tour. The full touring schedule can be seen below.
The band has also announced a March 19th, 2013 release date for their upcoming album Habitual Levitations. The first single, “Milk Leg”, will be released Feb. 5th, 2013 on all digital platforms as well as a single-sided, etched 7″ vinyl (release date for that TBD). READ MORE
The official 2013 Grammy nominations list has been released and, as per usual, it takes the opportunity to laud and celebrate what the radios and mass media have been shoving down our throats for the past year (thank god we can use mp3 players and dictate what we want to listen to, right?). Now, I basically just completely ignored the vast majority of categories and immediately scanned down to find the four categories that interested me: Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. And what I found was pretty…well, it was pretty confusing. READ MORE
Tech metal masterminds Meshuggah have announced a string of 2013 N. American headlining tour dates that begin in February and end in the beginning of March. Support will come from Animals As Leaders as well as Intronaut.
Guitarist Mårten Hagström states, “Finally we’re getting our asses back over the pond to deliver a second helping of the Ophidian trek across North America. We are excited. We WILL see you there!”
Below are the tour dates as well as the login and password for advance ticket opportunities. READ MORE
Nuclear Blast Records is asking fans to let them know which of their artists you’d like to see on kuuluu Interactive’s Battle Band, which is available for free in the App Store. The game, which looks suspiciously like Angry Birds with a metal once over, centers on a band that arrives late to their gig only to find that a group of impostor wannabes are playing their set. So what do you do? Well, naturally, you bring the stage crashing down upon them with various physics based attacks. You can watch a trailer for the game below.
Look, I’m all for a good game and I can see how this is kinda harmless. But still, I do have to say that something feels a little off about the concept of this game. You wanna smash some instruments? While I hate that idea (simply because I love instruments and would never want to see them harmed), that’s pretty harmless. But bringing down a stage onto people? Lest anyone forget, people have died that way. So yeah, I feel slightly uncomfortable about the game.
That being said, I’ll give it a shot and see what it’s about. Oh, and who do I want in there? How about some Meshuggah and some Graveyard. That’d be pretty badass. READ MORE
French extreme metal band Gojira has announced a full N. American touring schedule for this winter, beginning in mid-January and ending in mid-February. Support will come from The Devin Townsend Project as well as The Atlas Moth. VIP pre-sale will begin Tuesday, October 23 at 3PM local time, with public onsales to follow on Friday, October 26. Those who pre-order tickets before Dec. 1st will receive a free download of two live tracks: “Toxic Garbage” and “Love”, both of which were recorded at the August 2012 Webster Hall show in NYC. You will also receive a download of a full show from their current European tour. All tour dates are below.
Let me just say that I’m pretty peeved that they’re not making it through Michigan. Considering that DTP is supporting, there’s a damn good chance that they might perform “Of Blood And Salt“, which would just blow my mind. And I’m positive that right before they hit the first notes of that song, Meshuggah‘s Fredrik Thordendal would come riding in on a white horse, magical sunbeams shining behind him as his hair flows mystically. He wouldn’t dismount the horse, oh no. Rather, he would just float down, arms gently spread, a soft smile upon his face. A guitar would apparate around his neck and, suddenly, everything comes crashing down as the song begins. Seriously, I have $20 down that this will happen at one of the shows.
Check out our review of L’Enfant Sauvage here as well as our review of The Flesh Alive live DVD here. Gojira’s song “The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe” made #1 at my Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You Need To Headbang list here. READ MORE
Meshuggah, easily one of my favorite metal bands, has released a video for “Demiurge”, which comes off their latest album Koloss (review). The video is entirely live performance but uses those GoPro cameras in various locations to create what is, at times, a very disorienting perspective. You can watch the video below. READ MORE
We have arrived. The final five riffs that make you NEED to headbang. It’s been one helluva week getting to this point and I’m sure that many of you are dying to know which songs I’ve picked as the elite amongst the elite. If you’re not already too sore to move your head some more, head on inside for the ultimate dose of guitar riff punishment.
Make sure to check out 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, and 10-6. READ MORE
In a video interview with Scion A/V, Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake and vocalist Jens Kidman (who gets in about four or five words towards the end) discuss their latest album Koloss (review), a bit about the album artwork and why they want fans to leave their show with a feeling that they need to cry in the shower. The video interview can be seen below.
Also, make sure to snag a FREE mp3 of “I Am Colossus” as well as the remix version done by Engine Ear-Z & Foreign Beggars. READ MORE
Sludge metal band Baroness has released a video for their current single “Take My Bones Away”, which comes off their latest album Yellow & Green. The video, which shows the band in alive performance setting, was shot over one month by director Jimmy Hubbard during their spring tour with Meshuggah.
You can get the album on iTunes. Also, make sure to read our review here. READ MORE
It’s hard to take a track so evil, so ploddingly heavy and vile as Meshuggah‘s I Am Colossus and make it any more intense. And while it can be argued that the remix the band has released doesn’t have the same metal intensity, it does have something more mechanically sinister in its electronic approach. Either way, the end of the story is that this remix is something intense and highly recommended! Check it out below along with a link to a free download.
Check out our review of their latest album Koloss here. READ MORE
On April 11th, the Revolver Golden Gods took place, giving praise and recognition to the rock and metal community. Famous musicians, such as Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson, Slash, Amy Lee, and many more, were in attendance. It was a night meant to not only celebrate the achievements of rock and metal musicians and their offerings, but it was also a night for the fans, a way to honor their passion and their love. And it was a night that did absolutely nothing to spread the word and the importance of rock and metal. READ MORE
“Great news!! Guess all the efforts, the covert sessions, and painstaking, soul-numbing seances performed to reach the souls of former chart toppers – now in the life beyond – have finally come to fruition!! We thank them and we thank you, our fans!!! We just made an album. You guys put it on the charts!!!“
These are the words directly from Meshuggah
as they were told that their latest album Koloss
) has become not only the highest in 1st week sales but also the highest Billboard debut in Nuclear Blast USA history. Selling almost 18.5k copies, Koloss debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200.
For a band as brutal, heavy, and nonstandard, this is an amazing achievement. I’m beyond excited for the guys and can’t wait to see how this impacts their career.
Alright, I know this is a weird news post. Putting a Meshuggah and Nickelback video side by side? Insanity! But hear me out. The Nickelback song, This Means War, is one of their hard rock/near metal songs that is the rare good track on one of their albums (there’s always one or two) and that ISN’T about drinking or acting like a jackass. Meanwhile, the Meshuggah video for Breaking Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion is super simple and super badass.
Check out the two videos below and leave your thoughts.
Yes, this is quite the old video. No, I don’t care. Know why? Because I’m currently head banging so hard I think my spine is flapping in the wind. Below you can check out an awesome remix that Meshuggah did for Rammstein‘s Benzin, which originally appeared on the Rosenrot album. To say that the song is heavy is an understatement. Check it out and let me know your thoughts!
Meshuggah has teamed up with Scion A/V to bring you a free download of I Am Colossus, the first track on their latest album Koloss. The song is slow burning, evil, and makes you feel like you need to shower afterwards. You can snag the download from the widget below.
Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake states, “‘I Am Colossus’ is way more straightforward than the thrash metal we grew up with. At the same time, it does pose its own difficulties for us as players. It will probably be one of the first songs we attempt to play on tour. The solo – which is basically two long notes that are slow bends – just turned out beautiful. Such an understatement as a guitar solo. Sometimes a slow song is just as aggressive as a fast one.”
Check out our review of Koloss here