With the recent release of their eighth studio album The Violent Sleep of Reason, progressive metal pioneers Meshuggah have embarked on an American and European tour this autumn with support from High On Fire. In January, they will return to the UK and will be performing in a number of cities including London, Bristol, Glasgow, and Manchester. This will also be the first tour which includes gigs on Irish soil with two nights in Belfast and Dublin. Support comes from The Haunted on all these dates.
Formed in Unea, Sweden in 1987, the group gained recognition for their second studio album Destroy Erase Improve released in 1995 which fused the genres of death, thrash and progressive metal. In 2002, Nothing was released and marked a change in the band’s sound due to a switch from seven string to eight string guitars alongside an emphasis on polyrhythms and technicality. While they haven’t achieved mainstream success in almost 30 years of existence, Alternative Press and Rolling Stone have described them as one of the most important acts on the heavy metal scene.
The Violent Sleep of Reason was released on the 7th October via Nuclear Blast and received unanimous acclaim from critics and fans, with praise based on the band’s decision and success in recording the entire album live with all members present. Rolling Stone even went as far to name it the second best heavy metal record of the year.
Tickets for Meshuggah’s tour are available here.