MESHUGGAH To Reissue “I” EP

Meshuggah have announced that Nuclear Blast will be reissuing their classic single-track, 21 minute EP I on September 26th. The reissue will be released with two live tracks of “Bleed” and “Dancers to a Discordant System” as well as their Scion AV track, “Pitch Black”. Drummer Thomas Haake comments on the forthcoming release:

This 21 minute madness that is the song “I” is something we’ve always been extremely proud of!! Originally recorded for Jason Popson/Fractured transmitter record label, this was a “one off” that NB gave us the go ahead for – as we were under contract with them. Our plan was to just quickly write a little nugget of a song to help our friend Jason to kinda kickstart his label. It wasn’t quick however. We ended up spending a couple months on this thing as it just kept evolving and kind of took on a life of its own. This song is really different as it wasn’t “written” in the normal sense, but recorded without anything more than very open guidelines/ideas as to what kind of style we wanted each part to have. For examples, the initial 1½ minute drumfill is an excerpt of around a 15 minute recording of me just randomly going off on a kick/tom fill. Once we had chosen which part of it to use, we had to chart out the hits on paper and guitarist Fredrik and Marten then basically used sight-reading/avista to get the hits right while recording. And this is how we continued through the whole song/process.

We often get the question “When will you guys play I?” – And though I’m sure it could be done with a lot of listening and hard work – It’s really too unstructured a track. It would take up too much time and effort to make sense.

We’re super stoked now, to have this be re-released under the NB flag. Distribution and access to this little demon of a song was never quite what we had wished back when this was released, so we’re thrilled to see it be brought back to life!!

To further add value to this re-release, we added a couple live tracks and another weird little track “Pitch black” that some of our fans may have heard but probably not all, as it was only released in a limited number.
Enjoy!
/Tomas Haake

Feel free to stream I after the break.

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Stream/Download MESHUGGAH Guitarist’s Track For “Wolfenstein: The New Order”

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Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal’s contribution to the Wolfenstein: The New Order video game soundtrack can be streamed and downloaded for free here via Bethesda Blog. The in-game track is entitled “Herr Faust” and just like most Meshuggah tracks, it’s groove heavy and catchy. Be sure to stream the track here.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is out today on Windows, Xbox 360 and One, Playstation 3 and 4.

HUMANITY’S LAST BREATH Releases New Lyric Video For “Human Swarm”

humanity's last breathHumanity’s Last Breath is definitely on the heavier side of the “djent” things. Keeping it heavy like their brothers Vildhjarta and Meshuggah, the band proves that they can hang and crush the world with their style of metal. HLB has created a new lyric video for the song “Human Swarm”, their first lyric video. The song is off of their self-titled album that released last year on Rogue Records America. Check out the song and leave feedback! Continue reading

Baroness Relief: Friends Of BARONESS To Hold Benefit Auction

You may remember the horrific bus accident that Baroness was involved in last year. The band members are recovering very well from the accident but, as you can imagine, their medical expenses are ridiculous. In a true act of love and kindness, friends of the band have launched a relief fund for them. These friends include Mastodon, Meshuggah, Neurosis, Season of Mist Records, Circle Takes the Square and a lot more. The aptly named Baroness Relief will hold a benefit auction in which the aforementioned bands will auction of instruments, LP’s, signed posters and other merchandise they have donated. The upcoming auction, that will take place on eBay,  (no date has been set as of yet) has been organised by Baroness’ sound engineer Loopy Fiasco, Relapse Records’ Rennie Jaffe and the band’s “web dude”. Baroness’ “web dude” made it clear that “all proceeds from this auction will be given directly to the band and crew affected in as transparent way as possible.” We will keep you updated on the auction as more info becomes available. Until then, check out some of the things people have donated to the auction below!

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No, Not The Shitty Vin Diesel Movie: MESHUGGAH Release “Pitch Black” EP

Meshuggah have partnered with good ol’ Scion A/V to bring you a new two track EP entitled Pitch Black. The EP features the previously unreleased title track and a live recording of “Dancers to a Discordant System”, which was recorded live at Distortion Fest, Eindhoven, Netherlands in 2012 “Pitch Black” is a six minute, hypnotic and atmospheric track that was recorded back in 2003 at Fear and Loathing in Stockholm by guitarist Fredrik Thordendal. I personally do not care for the track but my opinion doesn’t matter to you Meshuggahnauts. You can check out both tracks below and pick up the EP for free at this location.

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Best Of 2012: Eric’s Top 30 Releases Of The Year

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Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.

The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.

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INTRONAUT Add More Headlining Shows

As previously reported, Intronaut have begun booking February headlining shows just a few days before their extensive tour with Meshuggah and Animals as Leaders. The band have added a few more to the list which can be viewed after the jump. Their new record, Habitual Levitations, is out March 19th via Century Media.

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Dates Revealed For Upcoming MESHUGGAH/ANIMALS AS LEADERS/INTRONAUT North American Tour

Tour dates for the highly anticipated Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders and Intronaut North American tour have officially been announced. If you know what is good for you, you will get your ass to one of the following shows. Get your prog on ya nerds!

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MESHUGGAH Release “Demiurge” Music Video

As expected , Meshuggah’s live performance video for “Demiurge” has arrived online. The Scion A/V sponsored clip was filmed by Anthony Dubois at their New York show at Terminal 5 this past May. I admit the video is very well shot but to me, like a performance videos, it’s boring. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ‘Shug. Check it out below.

-Lane Oliver

MESHUGGAH To Release New Music Video Next Week

Meshuggah are slated to premiere a performance music video of their song “Demiurge” sometime next week. “Demiurge” is a groove heavy track that appears on the group’s most recent effort, Koloss. You can preview some photos from the upcoming video over at Scion A/V’s Facebook page. This will be their second music video for this record and will also be their second performance video of this year. Running out of ideas? Anyways, check out the song itself below.

-Lane Oliver

Review: CAR BOMB-“w^w^^w^w”

By Lane Oliver

It’s been about five long, grueling years since the release of Car Bomb’s debut album, Centralia. That record was filled to the brim with dense complex rhythms, sporadic instrumentation and lots of extra eccentricities. Centralia sounded like no album I had heard before at the time and even today it still holds a place in my technical metal loving heart. Fans waited patiently for a follow up to the classic Centralia, which has been in development hell for the past couple of years. Our patience was finally rewarded this year with the release of their sophomore effort, w^w^^w^w. Car Bomb is back in full force and this record was well worth the wait.

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The Loathsome Piano Destroyer: Watch This PIG DESTROYER Piano Cover!

He’s covered Mastodon. He’s covered Converge. He’s covered Opeth, Gojira and even Meshuggah on his piano! Now, Sam Abbot has tackled Pig Destroyer’s “Loathsome” for his new cover video and it is freakin’ awesome! He even breaks a glass bottle at the beginning. It surprisingly translates to piano pretty well despite the fact that it sounds so out of place. Sam Abbot, you are the piano god…of youtube. Check out the cover above and the original below.

-Lane Oliver