Meshuggah Start Recording New Album, Announce the Return of Frederik Thordendal

"The band is back together. In full effect."

Photo: Olle Carlsson

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 25, 2021

Back in October, Meshuggah shared that a new album release was a possibility for 2021, and the Swedish metallers have snow shared that work has officially begun on their ninth studio full-length.

Last Friday (March 19), the band shared a shot of drummer Tomas Haake's kit set up in a large studio, and confirmed today that sessions for a follow-up to 2016's The Violent Sleep of Reason was underway.

"Things are happening. As some of you figured out we have entered Sweetspot Studio and have begun recording a new album," the band wrote. "*Spoiler* There will be distortion and kicks."

Meshuggah also added that Scar Symmetry's Per Nilsson, who handled lead guitar and backing vocals as a touring member between 2017 and 2019, would be leaving the group as founding member Frederik Thordendal returned.

Thordendal first missed a 2017 tour with Meshuggah, as he was "on a mission to explore some interesting stuff," leading the band to name Nilsson as his touring replacement.

"We are releasing Per Nilsson back into the wild to roam free in any way he sees fit. It has been a true privilege and honor to share the stage with Per and even more importantly we have made a great friend through our travels. Per. We thank you. You are a formidable human being!!" the band wrote.

"Fredrik will be back for lead work on the album as well as touring going forward. In other words. The Band is back together. In full effect."

Drummer Haake had previously shared that Meshuggah were "aiming at a release in late '21" for their forthcoming album. The band reissued their catalogue on vinyl in 2018.

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