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Meshuggah is a Swedish metal band formed in 1987. They are well-known for their signature musical style, which involves [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth lots of chugging]], [[UncommonTime complex, polymetered song structures]], loud, [[EpicRiff savage, bass-heavy riffing]], [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly unusual compositions]] and precise musicianship. Meshuggah has found little mainstream success as yet, but is a significant act in extreme underground music and has received significant critical acclaim.

Since its formation, Meshuggah has released seven studio albums, five [=EPs=] and eight music videos. The band has performed in various international festivals, including Ozzfest and Download, and embarked on the ''obZen'' world tour in 2008.

Current lineup:
* Jens Kidman – lead vocals (1987–present), rhythm guitar (1987–1992)
* Fredrik Thordendal – guitars, backing vocals (1987–present), lead vocals (1987-1992)
* Tomas Haake – drums, spoken word (1990–present)
* Mårten Hagström – guitars, backing vocals (1993–present)
* Dick Lövgren – bass guitar (2004–present)

Past members:
* Niklas Lundgren – drums (1987–1990)
* Peter Nordin – bass guitar (1987–1995)
* Gustaf Hielm – bass guitar (1995–2001)

Studio albums:
* ''Contradictions Collapse'' (1991)
* ''Destroy Erase Improve'' (1995)
* ''Chaosphere'' (1998)
* ''Nothing'' (2002)
* ''Catch Thirtythree'' (2005)
* ''[=obZen=]'' (2008)
* ''Koloss'' (2012)

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Tropes that apply to Meshuggah:

* AnimatedMusicVideo: "I Am Colossus".
* BaldOfAwesome - Jens Kidman. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7e/Meshuggah_Kidman2_2008_Prague.jpg/776px-Meshuggah_Kidman2_2008_Prague.jpg Take a look.]]
* BreatherEpisode - Each album (except Chaosphere) has at least one of these, whether it's a full song, or just part of a song.
** Contradictions Collapse - the first minute of Choirs of Devastation
** Destroy Erase Improve - Acrid Placidity
** Nothing - the second half of Straws Pulled at Random; the first few minutes of Obsidian
** Catch Thirtythree - The second half of In Death/Is Life, the end of Sum
** obZen - The clean interlude before the breakdown of Lethargica
** Koloss - The first lead break in Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
* ButtMonkey: Jens Kidman. Being a walking embodiment of NarmCharm and CrazyAwesome, his fans and even his bandmates naturally tend towards poking fun at him to the point of turning him into a living, breathing heavy metal MemeticMutation.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Uncommon, but not unheard of. "I", from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBEUTntgMOI eponymous EP]], [[spoiler:has Jens screaming at the top of his voice while the music suddenly shifts into noisegrind territory. The sudden shift occurs at 1:33, right after the intro riff.]]
* CoolShades: The band wears them offstage, most notably [[spoiler:in their video for "New Millennium Cyanide Christ"]]
* EpicRocking: Plenty of songs, especially more recent ones.
** ''Catch Thirtythree'' and the ''I'' EP are the longest songs, the former being split into multiple segments
* FollowTheLeader[=/=]FountainOfExpies - Revered and worshiped by the likes of Music/{{Deftones}}, Music/{{Gojira}}, Music/LambOfGod, Music/{{Periphery}} and Music/{{Tool}}, and subsequently copied by legions of underground "[[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Djent&defid=4604597 djent]]" bands.
* HeroicRROD: Tomas Haake. Considered a near-rival to Music/YoshikiHayashi of Music/XJapan when it comes to [[AllDrummersAreAnimals extreme, manic and relentless drumming]], as he would often put his drumming abilities to the test when recording and in live performances. Several of his noteworthy efforts include "Bleed" from ''obZen'' and the more recent "The Demon's Name is Surveillance" and "The Hurt That Finds You First" from ''Koloss''.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Spasm" is an oddity compared to the rest of ''Nothing''. The guitars are tuned lower, and the song lacks much of the angularity and aggressiveness of the other songs. Combing with Haake's robotic, breathy vocals, it gets downright hypnotic, and almost serene...then the final measures kick in, bringing everything into discord with each other.
** Close to 60% of "Elastic" from ''Chaosphere'' is a long, drawn-out LastNoteNightmare that consists of repeated riffs that come right out of nowhere, a very long, droning guitar note, followed by the final measures that consist of ''[[ScareChord every riff in the album played all at once]]''.
* {{Mascot}}: [[http://www.lowbird.com/data/images/2010/07/mesh-coverxl.jpg This guy.]]
* MetalScream - Jens' vocals are usually strained, very pissed-off Type 1 screams, though he also ha s a very high affinity for very loud and [[IncrediblyLongNote incredibly long]] Type 3 shrieks.
* MindScrew: The band's concept and lyrical themes.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness - Usually at 10-11. Sometimes crosses into 9 territory.
* MotorMouth: Kidman. Haake too, during his spoken word parts.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly[=/=]GenreBusting - Aside from just "metal", the band's genre causes quite a lot of confusion. DeathMetal? ThrashMetal? GrooveMetal? ProgressiveMetal? They've also been referred to as "math metal" and even "{{avant garde metal}}". Guitarist Martin Hagstrom and drummer Tomas Haake are known to prefer the label "experimental metal".
* OneLetterTitle - The ''I'' EP.
* OlderThanTheyLook - Jens is 46 years old, but, minus the bald head, could pass for his mid or late 20's.
* OutOfGenreExperience: The ''Chaosphere''album brought in a lot of HarshNoise and IndustrialMetal elements, many (but not all) of which were dropped on their following releases.
* RuleOfFunny / ThrowItIn - The music video for "New Millennium Cyanide Christ," a song about a man who sacrifices his humanity to become a [[ClarkesThirdLaw sufficiently advanced cyborg]], and seeks to reshape the whole world in his hellish image, which has a music video consisting of [[spoiler: Hagstrom, Thordendal and Lovgren air-guitaring, Haake air-drumming, and Kidman lip-synching(badly) into an ink pen, all while wearing ridiculous sunglasses on their tour bus. They reportedly were extremely drunk at the time]].
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic - [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]; aside from the weird faces they make in pictures sometimes, they overall seem like pretty harmless, down-to-earth guys, and [[HumansAreBastards despite]] their lyrics, they do have a sense of humor and a highly positive outlook. But their music is dark, crushing, and almost inhuman.
* SerialEscalation- Trying to follow the polyrhythms in many Meshuggah songs is extremely difficult, and gets even more difficult as you go from song to song. There was once an article written in ''Music Theory Spectrum'' magazine which dissected the structure of just the main riff of "Rational Gaze," and the first three minutes of "I." The article was over 20 pages long, and had almost a dozen diagrams.
* ShoutOut: The title of the song "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion" comes from a line by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer.
--> "Revenge... is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and ''break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.''"
* SignatureStyle: Metalheads frequently cite the band as the TropeMaker for djent; the genre's name itself being derived from the sound of their signature palm-muted and heavily-bent guitar riffs. The band, however, has done everything from slow and heavy GrooveMetal with sparse beats akin to Music/{{Pantera}}'s slower material and arrythmic, discordant and extremely noisy metal with loads of chugging and atonal leadwork.
* SpokenWordInMusic: Drummer Tomas Haake dominates this trope in an unholy fashion. Some examples can be listened in songs like "Spasm", "The Exquisite Machinery of Torture" and "Dancers to a Discordant System".
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: They have written songs with only two or three ''notes''.
* UncommonTime - Frequently considered the rivals to Music/{{Tool}} in taking this trope UpToEleven. According to Hagström, they're not that big on odd time signatures. All of their music is based on a 4/4 centre, no matter how far out the rhythms wander. In fact, only one song in any of their last three studio albums has been written in a time signature other than 4/4. "Dancers to a Discordant System" was written in 6/8, and we all know that barely counts. That being said, they are no doubt masters of polyrhythms. Most of the odd feeling of their songs comes from their unique style: all the guitar and bass is played in rhythm with the drum parts.
* UpdatedRerelease - A rare ''musical'' example of this (besides the standard reissues with bonus tracks that nearly every band has): The ''Nothing'' album was re-released with rerecorded guitars, new programmed drum tracks, and some other minor changes because the band was dissatisfied with the production of the initial release.
* VocalTagTeam: [[HarshVocals Kidman]] and [[SpokenWordInMusic Haake]].
* WordSaladLyrics: They sometime use too much jargon that would [[TheUnintelligible normally make no sense]] to most listeners.
* XMeetsY: Music/{{Pantera}} meets Music/DreamTheater or Music/{{Nevermore}} meets Music/{{Converge}}, depending on the song.
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