MESHUGGAH drummer, lyricist, and vertigo-inducer Tomas Haake is featured on the cover of Drum! magazine’s May 2012 issue (#191), available at newsstands now. Assistant editor Andrew Lentz attanded the January listening party for the band’s new album in Fullerton, California, braved the noise level at January’s NAMM convention in Anaheim, California to interview Haake, and then returned home to Northern California haggard and sleepless to face a deadline and piece the eight-page feature together.
“When you ride metal’s bleeding edge,” writes Lentz, “your biggest competition is yourself. In a counterintuitive move, MESHUGGAH‘s maestro of the mathematical beat-down, Tomas Haake found a way to upstage himself on ‘Koloss’ — by playing less.”
The feature — with photos by world-renowned photographer Neil Zlozower — covers the making of the album and MESHUGGAH‘s writing process, the difference between performing live and doing drum clinics, and a sidebar with MESHUGGAH bassist Dick Lövgren.
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MESHUGGAH‘s new album, “Koloss”, sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 17 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Released in March 2008, MESHUGGAH‘s previous CD, “obZen”, opened with 11,400 units to debut at No. 59. This was substantially more than the 7,000 first-week total achieved by its predecessor, “Catch 33”, which entered the chart at No. 170 back in June 2005.
“Koloss” was released in Germany on March 23 and the rest of Europe on March 26 (March 27 in North America) as a CD digi, limited-edition Magic Cube (CD digi plus DVD exclusive to Nuclear Blast mail order) and two-LP brown vinyl via Nuclear Blast Records.