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Offering a complex form of metal that combined the sweeping adventurism of math rock, the oddball tempos of experimental jazz, and the stunning brutality of thrash metal, Meshuggah raised the bar for metal bands everywhere upon their debut. The roots of Swedish metal band Meshuggah were planted in 1985; originally named Metallien, the founding lineup included frontman Roger Olofsson, guitarists Peder Gustafsson and Fredrik Thordendal, bassist Janne Wiklund, and drummer Örjan Lundmark. After a few demos made the rounds, Metallien broke up and Thordendal continued the band with a different lineup and a different name. The original lineup of Meshuggah also included vocalist Jens Kidman, guitarist Johan Sjögren, bassist Jörgen Lindmark, and drummer Per Sjögren. A handful of demos followed before Kidman left the group to form a new outfit Calipash, with guitarist Torbjörn Granström, bassist Peter Nordin, and drummer Niclas Lundgren; the surviving members of Meshuggah soon disbanded, and when Granström left Calipash, Thordendal assumed guitar duties in the new band. Kidman and Thordendal then agreed to reclaim the Meshuggah name, and in 1989, the band released a three-song mini-LP. After signing to Nuclear Blast (and swapping Lundgren for new drummer Tomas Haake), they issued the full-length Contradictions Collapse in 1991. Second guitarist Mårten Hagström was recruited for 1993's None EP, followed two years later by Selfcaged; in the interim, however, the group was forced to maintain a low profile -- first Thordendal severed a finger in a carpentry accident, then Haake injured his hand in a mysterious grinder mishap. Destroy Erase Improve appeared later in 1995, and won over critics with its heady tempos and abstract approach. In 1997, Meshuggah returned with The True Human Design EP; that same year, Thordendal's side project, Special Defects, released their LP Sol Niger Within. Meshuggah reunited for 1998's Chaosphere, a thunderous album that was unbearably dense in its songwriting and scope. Several successful tours followed, and their incredible abilities were starting to be recognized by mainstream music magazines, especially those dedicated to particular instruments. Once they left the touring circuit, Meshuggah were surprisingly quiet, cooking up new material for a few years while a rarities disc marked the time. But in the summer of 2002, they released Nothing, a masterpiece of atmosphere that added psychedelic touches to their ever-tightening sound. Unique in almost every way, the album didn't make much of a mainstream impact but had metal fans banging their heads to 7/4 tempos and esoteric lyrics. A good word from Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack scored them a spot on the annual Ozzfest tour, where they flourished on the second stage, often stealing the show with their original and savage math metal. After a brief break, Meshuggah released the I EP in 2004. Composed of a single epic track, the complex arrangements of I were just a hint of what was to follow. Their next album, Catch Thirty-Three, was released the following year and proved to be their most ambitious to date. A remastered re-release of Nothing with a bonus DVD arrived in 2006. The same year, Meshuggah returned to the studio to record the album that would become obZen, their sixth, which was released in March of 2008 in advance of a world tour that began in the United States with the band in the opening slot for Ministry's final jaunt before moving to Europe, Asia, and Australia as a headliner. Their seventh album, Koloss, was issued in 2012 followed by the single and video for "I Am Colossus" and "Pitch Black" b/w "Dancers to a Discordant System (Live)," the following year. The Ophidian Trek, live audio and video packages were released in 2014. In the summer of 2016, the band and Nuclear Blast released 25 Years of Musical Deviance, an anniversary vinyl boxed set limited to 1,000 copies. It was a precursor to the band's new studio offering, The Violent Sleep of Reason, in the fall. ~ Jason Ankeny & Bradley Torreano
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Meshuggah

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Albums by
Meshuggah

Top Songs by
Meshuggah

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    Popularity
  2.   Bleed
  3.   Obzen
  4.   Future Breed Machine
  5.   Beneath
  6.   Do Not Look Down
  7.   Combustion
  8.   Shed
  9.   Suffer in Truth
  10.   Vanished
  11.   Lethargica
  12.   Electric Red
  13.   Soul Burn
  14.   Dehumanization
  15.   Spasm
  16.   Pineal Gland Optics
  17.   Glints Collide
  18.   Perpetual Black Second
  19.   This Spiteful Snake
  20.   Sane
  21.   Mind's Mirrors
  22.   Inside What's Within Behind
  23.   Transfixion
  24.   Concatenation
  25.   Rational Gaze
  26.   Clockworks
  27.   Acrid Placidity
  28.   Born in Dissonance
  29.   Pitch Black
  30.   Demiurge
  31.   In Death - Is Death
  32.   Re-Inanimate
  33.   Don't Speak
  34.   Pravus
  35.   Humiliative
  36.   Our Rage Won't Die
  37.   Violent Sleep of Reason
  38.   MonstroCity
  39.   Marrow
  40.   Sum
  41.   Disenchantment
  42.   Nebulous
  43.   Straws Pulled at Random
  44.   By Emptyness Abducted
  45.   War
  46.   Cadeverous Mastication
  47.   The Exquisite Machinery of Torture
  48.   Corridor of Chameleons
  49.   New Millennium Cyanide Christ
  50.   Sickening
  51.   Nostrum
  52.   Stifled
  53.   Mind's Mirrors/In Death - Is Life/In Death - Is Death
  54.   The Last Vigil
  55.   Swarm
  56.   Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
  57.   The Hurt That Finds You First
  58.   Behind the Sun
  59.   I Am Colossus
  60.   Dancers to a Discordant System
  61.   Suffer in Thruth
  62.   Personae Non Gratae
  63.   The Paradoxical Spiral
  64.   I
  65.   Stengah
  66.   Debt of Nature
  67.   Internal Evidence
  68.   Paralyzing Ignorance
  69.   Elastic
  70.   The Mouth Licking What You've Bled
  71.   Futile Bread Machine
  72.   Ritual
  73.   Gods of Rapture
  74.   Neurotica
  75.   The Demon's Name Is Surveillance
  76.   Entrapment
  77.   Aztec Two-Step
  78.   Into Decay
  79.   Ivory Tower
  80.   By the Ton
  81.   Swarmer
  82.   Imprint of the Un-Saved
  83.   Closed Eye Visuals
  84.   Ayahuasca Experience
  85.   Sovereigns Morbitity
  86.   Terminal Illusions
  87.   Sublevels
  88.   Erroneous Manipulation
  89.   Abnegating Cecity
  90.   Qualms of Reality
  91.   We'll Never See the Day
  92.   Greed
  93.   Choirs of Devastation
  94.   Organic Shadows
  95.   Obsodian
  96.   Autonomy Lost