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NewsMeshuggah CD Listening Party at CBGB's 4/1/05

Posted on Sunday, April 03 2005 @ 08:55:04 CDT by Pete Pardo
Progressive Metal Nuclear Blast held a CD Listening Party at the famous CBGB club in New York City recently to give the press a sneak peek at the upcoming Meshuggah album Catch 33. Attending the party were Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake and guitarist Mårten Hagström. Sea of Tranquility's Ken Pierce and Pete Pardo were on hand and give this full report with photos.

Ken Pierce, Mårten Hagström, and Pete Pardo

Seeing as the legendary CBGB's is closing its doors shortly, this might be one of the last metal CD listening party's held at this famed club. Even with this impending sad news, a decent small crowd of folks in the media and music industry flocked to the club to meet and talk to Haake and Hagström regarding the soon to be released CD. Catch 33 was played many times during the evening, and it is a superb, 47-minute long song, broken down into many parts. Tomas joked that this album will sort of be Meshuggah's Thick as a Brick, but rest assured, aside from lots of tempo and key changes, this is a heavy album filled with lots of grooves, aggressive vocals, and the usual Meshuggah attitude.

Tomas Haake, Ken Pierce, and Mårten Hagström

One thing we did notice while hearing the album, is that there are less guitar solos from Fredrik Thordendal. Mårten mentioned that they wanted to get away a little from the Allen Holdsworth styled guitar solos on this one, and concentrate more on intricate passages and groovier rhythms. The end result is an album that is brutally heavy, but has a huge wall of sound that sounds different from any other Meshuggah album.

Tomas Haake, Pete Pardo, and Mårten Hagström

Both Tomas and Mårten mentioned that the band hopes to come back to the US later this year for a headlining tour, and will be playing the new album in its entirety. Also, the band is busy putting together a video for "Shed", one of the sections of the new album. This should be released soon, and it's interesting to note that it will not be a performance video, rather an animated type of piece over the bands music.

Pete Pardo and Mårten Hagström

Catch 33 is slated for release in both Europe and the US in May. Judging by what we heard the other night this should be a huge success for the band and Nuclear Blast.

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