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Officially Official: Meshuggah Are Recording Their Next Album

  • Axl Rosenberg

When we recently learned that Meshuggah have entered Sweden’s Sweetspot Studios, we were all like, “Hey, I bet they’re recording a new album!”

Now the band has confirmed that they are, indeed, in the midst of creating what will be their ninth full-length studio album. Their last album, The Violent Sleep Of Reason, was released in 2016.

The news comes from a press release sent out this morning. As part of that same press release, they also revealed that guitarist Frederik Thordendal, who has been sitting out touring since 2017, has now returned to the line-up; his temporary replacement, Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), is therefore no longer needed.

Here’s the statement from the band:

“Things are happening. As some of you figured out we have entered Sweetspot Studios and have begun recording a new album. ::Spoiler:: There will be distortion and kicks. 

“Also, we have other news. We are releasing Per Nilsson back into the wild to roam free in any way he sees fit. It has been a true privilege and honor to share the stage with Per and even more importantly we have made a great friend through our travels. Per. We thank you. You are a formidable human being!!

“Check out all of Per’s goodness at www.facebook.com/scarguitar | www.facebook.com/scarsymmetry

“So why are we releasing Per back into a more stable habitat you ask? The answer is simple. Fredrik will be back for lead work on the album as well as touring going forward. In other words. The band is back together. In full effect.”

No word on when the record will drop, but it’s basically April, sooo… it could be later this year but it could easily be 2022.

You’ll know more when we do.

Meshuggah revealed plans for a fall 2021 tour of Europe. Dates are below. Support comes from Zeal & Ardor.

19.11. A-Vienna – Arena
20.11. D-Munich – Tonhalle
22.11. F-Lyon – Le Transbordeur
23.11. D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
25.11. NL-Tilburg – 013
26.11. LUX-Esch Sur Alzette – Rockhal
27.11. F-Lille – L’Aeronef
28.11. F-Paris – L’Olympia
30.11. F-Milan – Alcatraz
01.12. CH-Zurich – Samsung Hall
02.12. D-Leipzig – Haus Auensee
03.12. D-Oberhausen – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting*
05.12. UK-Bristol – O2 Academy
06.12. SCO-Glasgow – Barrowlands
08.12. UK-Manchester – Academy
09.12. UK-Nottingham – Rock City
11.12. B-Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
12.12. D-Berlin – Columbiahalle
13.12. D-Hamburg – Große Freiheit
03.06. UK-London – Royal Albert Hall*

*No Zeal & Ardor

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