On February 19, guitarist Mårten Hagström of Sweden’s masters of extreme technical metal MESHUGGAH was interviewed by Denise Falzon in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the latest episode of Exclaim! TV‘s “Aggressive Tendencies” series. He discussed the band’s latest album, “Koloss”; why it took them four years to release it; and how their sound has progressed since they first started out. Hagström also spoke about the lyrical themes on the new record, how it feels to have influenced countless bands, as well the origin of the term “djent” and what he thinks about it being a descriptor for MESHUGGAH‘s music. You can now watch the chat below.
MESHUGGAH recently completed touring North America with ANIMALS AS LEADERS as direct support and INTRONAUT opening each evening.
This continent-shifting, sonically devastating tour launched in Orlando, Florida on February 11 and ran through March 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A previously unreleased MESHUGGAH track, “Pitch Black”, is available for free download as a two-track EP from Scion Audio/Visual, (a.k.a. Scion A/V), the in-house record label and lifestyle marketing division of the Scion marque produced by Toyota Motor Corporation for the North American market. In addition to the “Pitch Black” title cut, the EP includes a live recording of the “obZen” song “Dancers To A Discordant System”.
MESHUGGAH‘s latest album, “Koloss”, has sold more than 40,000 copies in the United States since its March 2012 release.