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Offering a complex form of metal that combined the sweeping adventurism of math rock, the oddball tempos of experimental jazz, and the stunning brutality of thrash metal, Meshuggah raised the bar for metal bands everywhere upon their debut. After a few demos made the rounds, Metallien broke up and Thordendal continued the band with a different lineup and a different name. Kidman and Thordendal then agreed to reclaim the Meshuggah name, and in , the band released a three-song mini-LP. After signing to Nuclear Blast and swapping Lundgren for new drummer Tomas Haake , they issued the full-length Contradictions Collapse in Destroy Erase Improve appeared later in , and won over critics with its heady tempos and abstract approach. Meshuggah reunited for 's Chaosphere , a thunderous album that was unbearably dense in its songwriting and scope. Several successful tours followed, and their incredible abilities were starting to be recognized by mainstream music magazines, especially those dedicated to particular instruments.
Top definition. A metal band from Sweden whose music features many dizzingly complex polyrhythms and hemiolas characteristic of free jazz and African drumming. A metal group whose rhythmic concepts tend to go right over the heads of most metal fans, leading them to pigeonhole the band with such descriptions as "toughest band I've ever heard," thus raping them of the credibility they deserve. Yiddish for "crazy. Meshuggah is meshuggah! Aug 11 Word of the Day.
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