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Ejaculation of Salvation

Album: ''Ejaculation of Salvation'' (1989 Demo)
1. Ejaculation of Salvation
2. Greed
3. Cadaverous Mastication
4. The Debt of Nature
5. Sovereignes Morbidity
6. Erroneous Manipulation


Album: ''Meshuggah'' (1989 EP)
1. Cadaverous Mastication
2. Sovereignes Morbidity
3. The Debt of Nature

Contradictions Collapse

Album: ''Contradictions Collapse'' (1991)
1. Paralyzing Ignorance
2. Erroneous Manipulation
3. Abnegating Cecity
4. Internal Evidence
5. Qualms of Reality
6. We'll Never See the Day
7. Greed
8. Choirs of Devastation

All This Because of Greed

Album: ''All This Because of Greed'' (1991 Single)
1. Qualms of Reality
2. We'll Never See the Day


Album: ''None'' (1994 EP)
1. Humiliative
2. Sickening
3. Ritual
4. Gods of Rapture
5. Aztec Two-Step

Destroy Erase Improve

Album: ''Destroy Erase Improve'' (1995)
1. Future Breed Machine
2. Beneath
3. Soul Burn
4. Transfixion
5. Vanished
6. Acrid Placidity
7. Inside What's Within Behind
8. Terminal Illusions
9. Suffer in Truth
10. Sublevels


Album: ''Selfcaged'' (1995 EP)
1. Vanished
2. Suffer in Truth
3. Inside What's Within Behind
4. Gods of Rapture (live)


Album: ''Hypocrisy/Meshuggah'' (1996 Split)
1. Roswell 47
2. Future Breed Machine

The True Human Design

Album: ''The True Human Design'' (1997 EP)
1. Sane
2. Future Breed Machine (live)
3. Future Breed Machine (Mayhem version)
4. Futile Bread Machine (Campfire version)
5. Quant's Quantastical Quantasm
6. Friend's Breaking and Entering


Album: ''Chaosphere'' (1998)
1. Concatenation
2. New Millenium Cyanide Christ
3. Corridor of Chameleons
4. Neurotica
5. The Mouth Licking What You've Bled
6. Sane
7. The Exquisite Machinery of Torture
8. Elastic

Rare Trax

Album: ''Rare Trax'' (2001 Best of/Compilation)
1. War
2. Cadaverous Mastication
3. Sovereigns Morbidity
4. Debt of Nature
5. By Emptyness Abducted
6. Don't Speak
7. Abnegating Cecity (demo version '90)
8. Internal Evidence (demo version '90)
9. Concatenation (remix)
10. Ayahuasca Experience


Album: ''Nothing'' (2002)
1. Stengah
2. Rational Gaze
3. Perpetual Black Second
4. Closed Eye Visuals
5. Glints Collide
6. Organic Shadows
7. Straws Pulled at Random
8. Spasm
9. Nebulous
10. Obsidian


Album: ''I'' (2004 EP)
1. I

Catch 33

Album: ''Catch 33'' (2005)
1. Autonomy Lost
2. Imprint of the Un-Saved
3. Disenchantment
4. The Paradoxical Spiral
5. Re-Inanimate
6. Entrapment
7. Mind's Mirrors
8. In Death Ė Is Life
9. In Death Ė Is Death
10. Shed
11. Personae Non Gratae
12. Dehumanization
13. Sum

Nothing (New Edition)

Album: ''Nothing (New Edition)'' (2006)
1. Stengah
2. Rational Gaze
3. Perpetual Black Second
4. Closed Eye Visuals
5. Glints Collide
6. Organic Shadows
7. Straws Pulled at Random
8. Spasm
9. Nebulous
10. Obsidian



Meshuggah, whose name is taken from the Hebrew and Yiddish word for "crazy," are a five-piece technical thrash metal (early)/progressive metal (now) band from Umeå, Sweden. They use extended polymetric passages, complex drum patterns, angular, dissonant guitar riffs, and harsh vocals. Their lineup has always been consistent, apart from bass which has been handled by many people since the beginning of the band. Their current lineup consists of Jens Kidman (vocals), Fredrik Thordendal (lead/rhythm guitar + backup vocals), Marten Hagstr√∂m (rhythm guitar + backup vocals), Dick L√∂vgren (bass) and Tomas Haake (drums).

Meshuggah is widely acknowledged as an influence on many modern metal bands from Textures to Tool. They are regarded as pioneers by critics and musicians alike.


Psykisk Testbild (EP, 1989)
Contradictions Collapse (1991)
None (EP, 1994)
Selfcaged (1995)
Destroy Erase Improve (1995)
The True Human Design (1997)
Chaosphere (1998)
Rare Trax (2001)
Nothing (2002)
I (EP, 2004)
Catch Thirty-Three (2005)
Nothing (Remix With DVD) (2006)

Band history

Meshuggah was formed in Umeå in 1987; two years later, the band released their first record, an EP entitled Psykisk Testbild (which can be roughly translated as "Psychological test image". This recording displayed a straightforward thrash metal influenced sound, with some strains along the lines of Metallica's concurrent releases. There were also hints of more complex music in the songwriting. As the group grew older, they further refined the technicality of their musicianship and songwriting. This led to a harsher sound, utilizing strong seven string guitar (and later eight string guitar) rhythms, manic sounding vocals, and a combination of jazz fusion elements as well. This caused the band's style to border on the lines of an esoteric feel. This style has shown to be hard to appreciate by some but it is widely embraced by Meshuggah fans.

While the band's music is extremely intense and aggressive, the members often demonstrate a strong sense of humour: their video for "New Millennium Cyanide Christ" consisted of the five band members sitting inside their tour bus headbanging and air guitaring to the song. Promotional photos of the band often include comical grimacing.

In late 2005, Meshuggah were nominated for a Swedish Grammy for the album Catch Thirty-Three.

Bands such as Dream Theater, God Forbid, Deftones, Textures , Lamb of God, The Safety Fire and Tool have cited Meshuggah as an influence.

In a recent interview with Toazted, Mårten Hagström revealed that Meshuggah are currently working material for a new album, which was scheduled for a May 2007 release.

At Peace & Love (a music festival in Borlänge, Sweden) vocalist Jens Kidman revealed on stage that "if everything goes according to plan, which it does, our new album will be out in store in October this year".


Among the band's most recognizable qualities are lead guitar player Fredrik Thordendal's abrasive, chaotic and dischordant solos, singer Jens Kidman's vocals, which resemble manic screams and shouts; the churning, dissonant rhythm guitars and the polymetric drum beats. In a typical Meshuggah song, drummer Tomas Haake plays two separate rhythms: a standard 4/4 beat with his hands, and a completely different metrical subdivision with his feet. The guitars mostly follow the bass drum work, creating an awkwardly pulsating rhythmic pattern to work as the basis of the song.

To give an example, the main riff of the song "New Millennium Cyanide Christ" from their 1998 album Chaosphere follows the aforementioned blueprint. Haake beats a rather slow 4/4 rhythm with his hands, while the bass drums and guitars play a repetitive 23/16 rhythm pattern on top of it. As the subdivided pattern is repeated, the pattern's accents shift to different beats on each repetition. After repeating the 23/16 pattern five times, a shorter 13/16 pattern is played once. These patterns sum up to 128 16th notes, which equals exactly 8 measures in 4/4 meter.

The band has evolved through a number of stylisitic periods. Contradictions Collapse and None have a sound similar to Metallica's concurrent albums. Destroy Erase Improve and Chaosphere have a more distinct off-time influence along with the thrash metal sound. Nothing and Catch Thirty-Three have a sound close to the vein of groove metal, consisting of droning and slow grooves.

While live drums were obviously not abandoned, a unique decision was made to use programmed drum patterns using Toontrack's "Drumkit From Hell" (developed in co-operation with Tomas Haake and Morgan √Ögren) sample library on the latest album Catch Thirty-Three, not only providing a more precise and mechanized drumscape, but also making drum beat creativity a more collaborative effort amongst all of the band members. It cemented the album as one of the band's most complex works to date. The band members have, however, stated in several interviews that the decision to use programmed drums was due to the lack of time given by their label to produce the record.

On their latest records (I, the re-release of Nothing and Catch Thirty-Three), guitarists Thordendal and Hagström use custom-made Nevborn, and custom Ibanez eight string guitars. These guitars add two low strings to allow the crushing, heavy riffs to be played in even lower registers. They currently use Line 6's Vetta II Amps

In regards to lyrics, the main lyricist of Meshuggah is drummer Tomas Haake, who uses vocabulary and metaphorical styling. Through abstract descriptions, Haake tackles such topics as: The self, society, mendaciousness, the human condition, and spatial/4th dimensional concepts. While Haake tends to write the majority of the lyrics, guitarist Mårten Hagstrom also contributes to certain songs.

Technical post-thrash

Future, Apocalypse, Chaos

Sweden (Umeå), formed in 1987

Nuclear Blast Records


Jens Kidman - Vocals (also Guitar (1987-1992, 2005) and Bass (2005)) (1987-)
Fredrik Thordendal - Guitar, Vocals (also Bass (1995-1997, 2001-2005) and Keyboards (1998)) (1987-) (Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects)
Mårten Hagström - Guitar (also Bass (1995, 2005)) (1992-) (Barophobia)
Tomas Haake - Drums, Vocals (1989-) (Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects)
Dick Lövgren - Bass (Last Tribe, Cromlech (Swe), Frequency, ex-Armageddon (Swe), Time Requiem)

Gustaf Hielm - Bass (1995-2001, live/session member 1995-1998) (ex-Pain of Salvation, Non-Human Level, ex-Dark Funeral)
Peter Nordin - Bass, Vocals (1987-1995)
Niklas Lundgren - Drums (1987-1989)


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