Gig Of The Week: Meshuggah
WHERE: Bristol O2 Academy
WHEN: Thursday, April 12
The godfathers of djent are back on tour over here, as their much anticipated new album Koloss sees the Swedes taking their complex yet fierce sound to fresh levels and into unexplored dimensions.
“To see that the djent genre has caught on is special to us,” admits rhythm guitarist Marten Hagstrom. “To know that there are bands out there who cite us as a big influence makes it all worthwhile. Is there anything better? But we aren’t part of any movement. We like to think that we are removed from all of that, and what we do is unique to us. Like any founding fathers of a musical style, that actually style doesn’t fully describe us.”
The band have become increasingly important and significant on the metal scene. But, admits Hagstrom, tjhey’ve just begun to realise what impact they’ve had.
“It took us ages to realise that anyone was paying attention to what we did. At first we thought we were only doing things for ourselves, and that nobody was paying attention. Then we found out that people were buying our albums, and listening to what we were doing. The strange thing is this made us all the more determined to be true to ourselves. Selling huge numbers of records is not why were are here. In the end, our message is a simple one: our music matters most of all to us. As long as we know we’ve done the right thing, then we’re comfortable. If we inspire anything, let it be the pursuit of personal excellence. It’s not about being part of the pack.”
The rest of the dates for Hagstrom vocalist Jens Kidman, lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, bassist Dick Lovgren and drummer Tomas Haake are:
Fri. 13: Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Sat. 14: Nottingham Rock City
Sun. 15: Glasgow Garage
Tue. 17: Manchester Academy 2
Wed. 18: Norwich Waterfront
Thu. 19: Brighton Concorde 2
Fri. 20: London Electric Ballroom
Support comes from Animals As Leaders and We Are Knuckle Dragger.
Find out more at www.meshuggah.net