Meshuggah fans, rejoice: The band’s new album Immutable is coming out this week. A new record from this longstanding Swedish metal band, its first since 2016, wasn’t a foregone conclusion, however.
In a press release for Immutable, Meshuggah guitarist Mårten Hagström said, “For us, it wasn’t all that clear that we were making a new album. We knew we could do it, but did we want to do it?” The band agreed to begin work on new music “after a long, long discussion,” he said.
For fans of the band, the guitarist and the rest of the group made the right decision. Immutable is a proper Meshuggah record. It continues with the signature downtuned, jagged, off-time grooves, part of the djent metal subgenre that the band inspired.
To help capture the downtuned sound the band wanted, the guys switched to 7-string guitars after Ibanez came out with them many years ago, they said in an interview with Guitar World, and, as Hagström explained in an interview with Tone Deaf, switched again to 8-string axes to record the Nothing album in 2002.
To get the fans ready for the new album’s release, the band posted a video for the second track on the record, “The Abysmal Eye.”
Prior to the video’s release, another album track went up on YouTube last week: “I Am That Thirst” …
… and, earlier in the month, “Light the Shortening Fuse.”
Immutable is up for preorder on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital and is coming out on April 1, 2022 on Atomic Fire.