MESHUGGAH will grace Australian and New Zealand’s shores in April 2017, on the back of their 8th studio Album, “The Violent Sleep of Reason”. The tour, presented by MJR Presents will see Australia’s extreme metal leaders, THY ART IS MURDER, join the tour for all dates except Perth. With only a handful of tickets left for the Wednesday 170 Russell show in Melbourne, the promoters have announced a second show on Tuesday 14th March, now on sale.
Since their formation in 2006, New South Wales’ Thy Art Is Murder have made killing their business… and as Dave Mustaine would say, business is good. Their nightmarish void is one where resistance is futile – you can but sit helplessly as the relentless blast beats and gut-ripping guitars pummel you sideways. In the best possible way, of course. 2015’s album Holy War cemented their spot at the top of the Extreme Metal pile in Australia and recognized worldwide, having toured the world extensively and comprehensively since its release.
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 – this leg of the tour being only part of a lengthy world tour – for which they are well known.
The Violent Sleep of Reason, the band’s 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 with Thy Art is Murder in support – The Powerstation in Auckland, The Tivoli in Brisbane, The Enmore Theatre in Sydney, 170 Russell in Melbourne and Metropolis in Fremantle (Thy Art is Murder not appearing in WA).
Meshuggah’s drummer Tomas Haake says that they are keen to make sure that when they come down under, their erudite and intelligent fan base “get something that they don’t 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 hadn’t heard in any other band. And that’s still the main fuel. We’re not trying to write your average metal song. We’re not trying to write catchy songs. 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.”