Meshuggah is a Swedish five-piece experimental metal band formed in
1987. Meshuggah's line-up has primarily consisted of founding members
vocalist Jens Kidman and guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas
Haake, who joined in 1990, and rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström, who
joined in 1994. Having gone through a number of bassists, the spot has
been held by Dick Lövgren since 2004. Meshuggah first attracted
international attention with the 1995 release Destroy Erase Improve for
its fusion of fast-tempo death metal, thrash metal and progressive
metal. Since their 2002 album Nothing, Meshuggah uses eight-string
guitars and downtuned, groovy riffs. Meshuggah has become known for its
complex, innovative and precise songwriting and musicianship, and
polyrhythmic song structures. It has been labeled as one of the ten
most important hard and heavy bands by Rolling Stone and as the most
important band in metal by Alternative Press. Meshuggah has found
little mainstream success but is a significant act in extreme
underground music. Nothing and the albums that followed all charted on
the Billboard 200. In 2006, the band was nominated for a Swedish Grammy
Award. Meshuggah's commercially most successful album, 2008's obZen,
peaked at No. 59 and sold 11,400 copies in the first week and 50,000
copies six months after its release.
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