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 (review) 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.”
There’s a saying in the metal community: “Your favorite bands listen to Meshuggah.” It’s a pretty accurate statement, considering that the band has been around for over 20 years. Hell, Tool had them as openers on two of their national tours, with Danny Carey stating that they are a source of inspiration to him.
So when a new Meshuggah album comes out, you better believe that it is seen as more than just a new album from a band. Rather, it’s seen as a crucible upon the metal scene. It is a point when the foundations of metal are challenged. But does Koloss bring this change or does it fall flat upon its face?
The picture above should cause any prog/djent metal fan’s head to explode. Seriously, just look at it. There’s Devin Townsend. There’s Meshuggah‘s Fredrik Thordendal. Oh, and there’s Gojira! ALL ON THE SAME STAGE! Yeah, I’m slightly aroused and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
This shot was taken when Gojira was rocking the Soundwave Festival in Perth, Australia where Devin Townsend and Fredrik Thordendal joined them on stage to perform the song Of Blood And Salt. There is video footage of the performance below.
Oh man, less than a month until Meshuggah‘s new album Koloss comes out! I mean it! That March 27th release date is looming larger than the obelisk from 2001: A Space Odyssey. So with two songs already released, the band has decided to release a lyric video for the second song, Do Not Look Down. Check it out below and leave your thoughts!
Update: Looks like Nuclear Blast only wants the song played from their webstore. So, you can check out the song on one of the many preorder packages here.
A second track from the upcoming Meshuggah album Koloss, Do Not Look Down, has been released and you can check it out below. Koloss will be released in Europe on March 23rd and in North America on Monday, March 26th. The North American deluxe digi-pak version will include a bonus DVD.
So far, I’m really digging not only the songs but their attitude and the tones and sounds of the instruments. Am I alone? You tell me readers, what do you think?
In a rather brilliant marketing move last week, Meshuggah decided to leak Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion off their upcoming album Koloss. By leaking the track without really giving any information, the metal community went abuzz, dying to know if it was the real deal. Once word came down that it was in fact genuine, it only made the listening experience that much sweeter.
Now, the band wants you to understand the meaning behind the song. The title of the song comes from a quote from Nobel Peace Prize winning philosopher Albert Schweitzer. Check out the lyric video below to understand how this plays into the song.
Meshuggah will be hitting the road with Decapitation and Baroness in the spring. Check out tour information here.
Update: Not only is the track confirmed to be from the new Meshuggah album, it has a name: ”Break These Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion”
Many of you know by now that I’m a huge Meshuggah fan. That’s why the rumor that a new Meshuggah track has been released immediately got my blood pumping and my heart racing. The track came from a suspicious, incredibly minimalistic website called IAmALeak.com. Somehow I doubt that this is a malicious leak but rather an intentional jab at the whole illegal downloading scenario that took place over the last several weeks. In any case, the song is awesome and I’m now even more excited for their upcoming album, Koloss (out March 27th).
Check out the song below and leave your thoughts. Is this a new Meshuggah track or some sick, twisted joke?
Is this year shaping up for some awesome tours or what? There’s already the Heritage Hunter Tour and now we’ve got The Ophidian Trek Tour, which has Baroness and Decapitated supporting headlining act Meshuggah! You bet your ass I’ll be at St. Andrews Hall on May 16th. If they play Bleed or Pulling Straws At Random, I might end up in the middle of the pit with a thirst for blood. Or the more likely scenario will be me looking rather silly as I headbang far too wildly. Yup, that’s what’s going to happen.
Meshuggah has also announced a new album, Koloss. Full details for that album can be found here. Tour dates for The Ophidian Trek Tour are below.
Swedish tech/prog/death/djent metal band Meshuggah have announced their 8th studio album will be entitled Koloss. The album, which drops Mar. 27th, will feature almost an hour of blistering metal that is sure to make me want to lay waste to my enemies. Check below for a full look at the album artwork, which definitely fits into their previous artwork styles, as well as the final tracklisting.
Drummer Tomas Haake: “As always, we try to take our music in a slightly different direction with each album and with KOLOSS we feel that we really nailed what we were going for. Organic brutality, viscera and groove all crammed into a 54-minute metalicious treat, best avoided by the faint of heart!!”
I said it almost a year ago: animals can be amazing metal singers! And yet another amazing example has come to my attention. Sure I already mentioned dogs in my article but this fella deserves a special shout out. After the jump, you can watch a dog lose its damn mind when being shot at with a water pistol. Add in some Meshuggah into the background and the stage is set for some hilarity.
Start your Monday off with a mixture of animals and metal. Because honestly, is there any other way you’d rather start it off?
Twisted music videos…GOD I love them! Something about visuals being used to enhance music just does it for me. Especially when those visuals are twisted, disturbing, and, in general, completely f*cked up! That’s why I want to get a new series going here where YOU, the reader, gets to choose what is going to be next week’s video. All you have to do is leave a comment with your suggestion and one lucky user will get his video chosen!
I’m going to kick off the series with one of my favorite Meshuggah tracks, Bleed. Watch the video below and you’ll know why I picked it.
French metal band Gojira have released Of Blood And Salt, a track off the upcoming The Sea Shepherd EP. The track features Devin Townsend on vocals and a solo from Fredrik Thorendal (Meshuggah). Check out the awesome track after the jump!
With the recent release of Nola sludge legends Crowbar’s much anticipated new album, Sever The Wicked Hand, I started to think about what other huge albums 2011 has to offer the metalheads among us. With new albums from genre heavyweights like Atheist, Fear Factory, and Agalloch turning last year into a seriously stellar year for metal, 2010 is going to be hard to top, but here are 10 (+2) albums that I think will give 2011 more than just a fighting chance. READ MORE
Post-Apocalyptic MMO ‘Fallen Earth’ has teamed up with Nuclear Blast Records, who will provide players with Nuclear Blast Radio, which will stream songs from bands such as Meshuggah, Soilwork, and Testament. Also being added into the game is a new underground bunker bar (I’d definitely go to that place for drinks were it real). The tracks will cycle out periodically, making sure that players never get bored of blasting out those tunes.
One of my favorite tech-metal bands out there is Meshuggah. I’ve seen the guys live twice (both times as openers to Tool) and I have played ‘obZen’ more times than I can count. So color me excited as the video below features drummer Tomas Haake and vocalist Jens Kidman discussing what the sound of the next Meshuggah album will be like.
Also, just for fun, watch the video and only watch Jens. I have no idea what is going through his head, but apparently, it’s making him slightly insane.
Members of the tech/math metal giants Meshuggah will be hosting a live stream of their latest DVD, ‘Alive’ this Monday, January 17th. Drummer Thomas Haake and vocalist Jens Kidman will start the stream by answering fan-submitted questions (which you can submit either via Twitter or Facebook) followed by the DVD stream, which begins at 3pm EST. The stream will be at this location, so make sure to keep it bookmarked and your schedule filled.
Sweden has, in my eyes, some of the best music acts these days. You’ve got Opeth, In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, Pain Of Salvation; the list goes on and on. These bands, and more from the Scandinavian region, are often credited with shaping today’s metal scene. Most of the time, these bands are focused on moving forward, creating the next iconic sound. Ghost has taken the opposite approach and went back in time, forging a Satanic heavy metal album that hearkens back to the 70’s and 80’s NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Does it work or is it too pretentious for it’s own good? Check after the jump for answer.
So, it’s practically Halloween, a time of year that I, and I know many of you, love. We get to decorate our yards with gravestones, skeletons, dismembered limbs. We get to dress up as our favorite monster or creature. We get to have horror movie marathons. Basically, it’s the greatest time of the year, hands down. So I figured in the spirit of Bloody-Disgusting Music, why don’t I put together a list of 10 creepy music videos to just add fuel to the Halloween fire that’s burning in you all. This list is in no particular order, I just wanted to share them with you. The first is here and the remaining nine are after the jump. Enjoy!
After The Burial has teamed up with MetalSucks to present a new track off of their upcoming album, ‘In Dreams’, which is set for release on Nov. 23rd. The track, ‘Bread Crumbs and White Stones’, can be heard now HERE. The band will be promoting ‘In Dreams’ on the December Decimation Tour alongside Winds Of Plague, Carnifex, War Of Ages, and Upon A Burning Body (tour dates HERE).