MESHUGGAH premiere a new video for their song ‘Broken Cog’ on YouTube. It’s the opening track on the band’s critically praised new record, Immutable, released now by Atomic Fire and available now on all streaming platforms and for purchase: https://meshuggah.afr.link/immutable
Watch MESHUGGAH’s video / for “Broken Cog” here: https://youtu.be/OyWbQwK65Qc
Mavericks. Pioneers. Unique. Immutable.
This year’s most significant lesson has been to expect the unexpected, which also applied to the release of the long-awaited MESHUGGAH album as the most anticipated album of 2022.
MESHUGGAH have always been way ahead of the game and plainly without peer.
Six years on from the band’s most recent full-length, The Violent Sleep Of Reason, 2022 brings a fresh and fearsome revelation from MESHUGGAH. Shattering even the highest of expectations, the band’s ninth album Immutable showcases just how far ahead of the pack the band continues to be.
The album is a significant departure from the relentless riffing and monochrome churn of Koloss or The Violent Sleep Of Reason. With vocalist Jens Kidman recording his own vocals in his home studio and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal manifesting his solos at his own Studio 33, Immutable is a true team effort and another triumph of resourcefulness and meticulous attention to detail. Meshuggah had never felt more inspired when they found themselves in a new environment at Studio Sweetspot. “Dick pitched Sweetspot to us,” Mårten recalls. “They have lots of experience but mainly with other types of music. It was out in the sticks, in a big shed in the middle of a field! We had no tours going on, and we rented a tour bus for cheap. We drove it down there, and we lived in that. So basically, we went on tour to record the album [Laughs], and we worked our brains into pieces! But it was also really free. We went for comfort and quality and a working situation where we didn’t feel stressed at all. That was awesome, and the strongest parts of this album are because of that.”
As Mårten Hagström explained earlier, fans should prepare themselves for the unexpected. “This album is more melodic. It’s longer, and in my opinion, it’s more dynamic than most of our albums,” he states.
Gifted with the opportunity to spend more time than ever on the fine details of their new material, the Swedes have effectively reconstructed their trademark sound on Immutable, imbuing every last moment of this epic record with irresistible power and ingenuity. “We wanted to go for air and for dynamics, and lo and behold, that actually makes it sound way more like a band, from my perspective,” says Mårten. Destined to be one of 2022’s most hailed and talked-about releases, “Immutable” once again showcases Meshuggah’s collective brilliance, including some of the most jaw-dropping ensemble performances they have ever executed.
Immutable. “The title fits perfectly for where we are as a band,” Mårten concludes. “Even though we’ve been experimenting all along, I also think we’ve been the same since day one. The way we approach things and why we still make new albums, and why we still sound the way we do, it’s immutable. Humanity is immutable, too. We commit the same mistakes over and over. And we are immutable. We do what we do, and we don’t change.”
Immutable was recorded at Sweetspot Studios in Halmstad, Sweden, mixed by Rickard Bengtsson and Staffan Karlsson, and mastered by multiple Grammy award winner Vlado Meller (Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down). Visionary artist Luminokaya once again created the stunning cover artwork.
Immutable is available as CD, exclusive super deluxe liquid vinyl, nine limited vinyl colors, cassette, or merchandise here https://meshuggah.afr.link/immutable.
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Tracklist: 01. Broken Cog
02. The Abysmal Eye
03. Light The Shortening Fuse
05. Ligature Marks
06. God He Sees In Mirrors
07. They Move Below
09. Black Cathedral
10. I Am That Thirst
11. The Faultless
12. Armies Of The Preposterous
13. Past Tense
Jens Kidman | Vocals
Mårten Hagström | Guitars
Dick Lövgren | Bass
Fredrik Thordendal | Guitars
Tomas Haake | Drum