Metal / Progressive
Formed in the college town of Umeå in northern Sweden in 1987, MESHUGGAH have spent the last twenty years and cumulative thirteen releases developing, exploring, and redefining their complex, inimitable approach on the art of expressing their collective Id. An entity that has not sounded like anyone else in over thirteen years, MESHUGGAH are one of the few purely and honestly lateral-thinking forces genuinely dedicated to pushing the boundaries of extreme music simply because doing so comes naturally to them. Unafraid to take risks and tackle new experiences, they create albums you can listen to six years later and still discover things you never noticed before. The mystical lore surrounding them pertains to their mathematical execution of odd-cycle time signatures shifting around common 4/4 time. As a result, it isn’t shocking to see some of the biggest names in metal standing in the wings at MESHUGGAH shows, shaking their heads at the band’s majestically demented, down-tuned, groove-laden, and precisely performed polyrhythms that never veer out of control. Devotees include Tool, The Deftones, Kirk Hammett & Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, and Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, which incorporates MESHUGGAH’s back catalogue into their curriculum, fortifying the belief that such perfectly calibrated music adds a crucial ingredient to a modern musical education. While the band’s self-assured beginnings speak plainly, they had no idea their future contributions to music would be the sonic equivalent of what Sir Isaac Newton did for the development of calculus.
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June 19, 2014 Last Friday night, we at Bring the Noise ventured down to the historic Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California to partake in the first night of Meshuggah’s 25 Years of Musical Deviance tour. Upon arrival, lines wrapped the venue as fans eagerly awaited admittance to what was a mesmerizing showcase of metal music. To kick off the show, progressive hard rock heroes, Between the Buried and Me, hit the stage demonstrating their musical talents to the hundreds of metal hungry fans in attendance. By effortlessly fusing a myriad of genres together, BTBAM displayed their unprecedented flair that has helped establish their well-known name in the metal world. With songs reaching well into the seven or eight minute mark, the skilled and forceful members of BTBAM put on a show fans of any genre would be impressed by. If you missed the show or are new to BTBAM and all they have to offer, check out “Ants of the Sky.” This 13-minute mind-bender should sum up the BTBAM experience pretty well. Next up was the heavily anticipated champion of the night, Meshuggah. With the stage lights set to dim, the Swedish five-piece took the stage offering devotees in the crowd silhouettes to marvel at with excitement. Then it began. Like a punch to the gut, Meshuggah’s first song “Future Breed Machine” hit and hit hard. Combined with an almost seizure-inducing light show, Meshuggah quickly presented their hard rock savvy skills with every intention of reaffirming their 25-year reign as metal pioneers. The show progressed with an array of neck-breaking, head-banging moments and a plethora of melodic guitar sweeps and solos leaving awestruck audience members worshiping the sweat-soaked stage Meshuggah walked on. To catch a glimpse of the math metal madness that is Meshuggah, check out this clip taken from the show. For fans who cannot wait for Meshuggah to hit their town, feel free to check out the setlist from the night here. Now whether you are pop, r&b, punk or metal, 25 years is a long time for any act to play. With that said, for Meshuggah to still be tearing up venues worldwide with their metallic onslaught of energy and brutality, it’s very impressive to say the least.
Genre: Hardcore / Metal / Metalcore / Progressive
From: Twin Cities, MN
Sounds Like: All Shall Perish, Born of Osiris, Within the Ruins
Genre: Grunge / Rock
From: Atlanta, GA
Sounds Like: Nirvana, The White Stripes, The Chariot
From: Chicago, IL
Sounds Like: After the Burial, Born of Osiris, The Contortionist
From: Atlanta, Georgia
Sounds Like: Emmure, Chelsea Grin, Upon A Burning Body