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Thu Mar 9th, 2017
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The Swedish Metal Juggernaut that is MESHUGGAH are today announcing that they are to grace Australian and New Zealands shores in 2017, on the back of their 8th studio Album. The Violent Sleep of Reason will be released through Nuclear Blast records and takes the band back to their heavy, technical roots. The March 2017 tour is being presented by MJR presents and goes on fan-presale tomorrow Tuesday 6th September and on sale to general public this Thursday 8th September.

In 2017, Swedish progressive metal pioneers MESHUGGAH will be entering their 30th year of existence, defying expectations on record as to the limitations of metal, and then proving their virtuosic prowess by taking their cathedral-complex compositions to stages all over the world Ė this leg of the tour being only part of a lengthy world tour Ė for which they are well known.

It all began with 1991ís Contradictions Collapse, but the MESHUGGAH legend was established through the likes of 1995ís groundbreaking Destroy Erase Improve and the bandís third record, 1998ís Chaosphere. In 2002, MESHUGGAH issued Nothing, which sold over 110,000 copies in the US and garnered the band an arena tour slot with TOOL, high validation from the biggest and most discerning progressive metal band on the planet at the turn of the decade. Catch Thirtythree, obZen and 2012ís immense Koloss solidified the bandís reputation as creative mavericks raising the reputation of what metal could be, resulting in status as the creators and godfathers of an entire progressive music style known as djent - even if the band has a somewhat ambivalent relationship with that tag or tags of any sort.

The Violent Sleep of Reason, the bandís eighth full-length studio album, finds MESHUGGAH building upon their legacy for fearless metal sculpting within the context of extreme metal, but also recapturing some of the magic and excitement specifically within the aspect of performance, finding flow and groove that would be a challenge for any lesser band to locate, given such technical geometric madness at mischievous hand.

They are bringing that legacy to Australia and New Zealand and visiting iconic venues such as The Powerstation in Auckland, The Tivoliin Brisbane, The EnmoreTheatre in Sydney, 170 Russell in Melbourne and Metropolisin Fremantle.

Meshuggahs drummer Tomas Haake says that they are keen to make sure that when they come down under, their erudite and intelligent fan base ďget something that they donít really hear in any other bands. On the first album you still hear a lot of METALLICA and ANTHRAX and Bay Area kind of thrash metal influence. We knew that we sounded a bit like that, but we were aiming for something we hadnít heard in any other band. And thatís still the main fuel. Weíre not trying to write your average metal song. Weíre not trying to write catchy songs. Weíre not trying to write hit songs (laughs). Weíre just trying to write something that is cool, that we havenít heard before, and hopefully our fans havenít heard before. And that gets harder and harder, because by now, there are so many fucking awesome musicians and so much great music out there. But it would seem like the followers that we do have, the people that have kept buying our albums and stayed with us for a lot of years, are not typical metal fans. The crowd we have is diverse. We have a lot of geeks and nerds and weirdos, and they are beautiful ones, you know We have a lot of people with talent, and a lot of people that are interested in music as art, and not just an event.Ē

The MESHUGGAH Ė AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2017 goes on pre-sale Tuesday 6th September at and then on general sale Thursday 8th September.

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