MESHUGGAH (1987–PRESENT). Jens Kidmand (vocals), Marten Hagstrom (guitar), Fredrik Thorendahl (guitar), Dick Lovgran (bass), Tomas Haake (drums).
Meshuggah are an amazingly complex and intriguingly dark Swedish band formed in 1987 that constantly challenges the established parameters of metal. The band is comprised of vocalist Jens Kidmand, who mostly sings in English, along with bassist Dick Lovgran, and drummer Tomas Haake. The intricacy of Meshuggah’s music and its quick and abrupt changes in timing and key have led many critics to label them as a more of a “math” metal band for their sheer intricacy. Meshuggah has evolved gradually since its start in the late eighties, and each album shows advancements that eschew all the usual metal cliches for new and innovative ways of combining the traditions of black and death metal’s eeriness with a sheer wall of guitar sound that also includes the virtuosity of key metal players like Joe Sotriani, along with experimental new music, Obzen, with its elaborate twists, may be one of the most fascinating metal albums of the past decade. Highly recommended for fans of more extreme music who seek more complexity on the fringe of metal.
Discography: Contradiction Collapse / None (Nuclear Blast, 1991); Destroy Erase Improve (Nuclear Blast, 1995); Chaosphere (Nucelar Blast, 1998); Nothing (Nuclear Blast, 2002); Catch Thirty-Three (Nuclear Blast, 2005); Self Caged (Nuclear Blast, 2006); Obzen (Nuclear Blast, 2008).