Part and parcel of being opinionated music lovers is that we go and experience lots of music in its natural habitat – on a stage – and then we decide how good it was. Some spectacles are so powerful that they evoke emotions strong enough to form memories through the drunkenness. It’s a rarity but that’s why some here have to name several before deciding upon their Favourite Gig of 2013. There is zero reason for you to be reading this but if you’ve read this far, you’ll get at least halfway down before clicking the cross.
Meshuggah, whose name is taken from the Hebrew and Yiddish word for “crazy”, is a five-piece band from Umeå, Sweden, founded in 1987. The band's style is most easily described as extreme/technical metal with some jazz influence. They use extended polymetric passages, polyrhythmic 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 band’s inception. Read more on Last.fm
Meshuggah on Thrash Hits
May 7th, 2013
Having headlined the Roundhouse in October, Devin Townsend returns to London in this special one-off show with Meshuggah. It’s the Swedish djent masters’ first UK show since Hevy Festival last summer and tonight’s all set up to be a progressive metal showdown between two of the finest around at the moment. Let’s do this.
Pre-gig meal: Nando’s. Half chicken (medium) with corn, rice and halloumi.
6 things we learnt during Brixton’s prog metal masterclass…
December 12th, 2012
July 29th, 2012
We were half tempted to make a sports-themed Slaylist this week – what with the Olympics kicking off in our home city of London and all that – but then we realised that other than ‘Running Free’ and a handful of other tracks, we’d really be scraping the barrel when it came to coming up with valid tracks for it. So instead we fell back on an old favourite: the festival Slaylist. Given that Hevy Festival 2012 is a mere five days away, it was the obvious candidate.
July 25th, 2012
This week’s podcast has Tom Doyle joinging Hugh back in the Thrash Hits studio, and this week they’re taking a long hard look at the line-up for Hevy Festival 2012. As the UK’s up-and-coming hardcore, punk and rock festival prepares for its fourth year, we’re looking at the headliners, our top picks from lower down the bill, the unusual layout for this year’s festival, as well as baselessly speculating on the potential this young festival upstart has for the future. Oh, and mouthing off about a couple of bands. Y’know – the usual.
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March 24th, 2012
You’re mad keen for Koloss, the impending seventh studio album from arguably one of the most influential metal bands of the past decade, Meshuggah? Right? RIGHT? Well, thanks to the kids over at the band’s label, Nuclear Blast, you can now listen to the entire album for FREE. RIGHT NOW.
February 29th, 2012
Gojira team up with Devin Townsend and Meshuggah’s Fredrik Thordendal to melt faces with ‘Of Blood And Salt’
May 27th, 2011
Just re-read that headline again. Pretty bloody exciting, isn’t it? Earlier today, this brand spanking-new track from Gojira, which features the vocal talents of Townsend and the guitar skills of Meshuggah’s Frederik Thordendal leaked onto YouTube, and it’s pretty much met and exceeded all of our expectations for Gojira’s forthcoming Sea Shepherd EP.
August 20th, 2010
It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time for the UK’s heaviest festival, Bloodstock Open Air. We’ll be gathering all of our Bloodstock Open Air 2010 coverage from the weekend on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need.
August 14th, 2010
MESSSHHHHUGGGGGAAAAHHH – we’ll write more later, once we’ve re-attached the faces that Meshuggah melted clean off.