2022's most significant lesson has been to expect the unexpected. Predictably for a band that has always been ahead of the game and without peers, Meshuggah delivers the unexpected on Immutable. One of the most anticipated albums in recent memory for metalheads across the globe, Immutable brings a fresh and fearsome revelation from Meshuggah. Shattering even the highest of expectations, the band’s ninth album Immutable showcases just how far ahead of the pack the band continues to be.
Six years on from the band’s most recent full-length, The Violent Sleep Of Reason, the album is a significant departure from the relentless riffing and monochrome churn of Koloss or The Violent Sleep Of Reason.
With vocalist Jens Kidman recording his own vocals in his home studio and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal manifesting his solos at his own Studio 33, Immutable is a true team effort and another triumph of resourcefulness and meticulous attention to detail. Meshuggah had never felt more inspired when they found themselves in a new environment at Studio Sweetspot. As guitarist Mårten Hagström recalls.
“Dick pitched Sweetspot to us, they have lots of experience but mainly with other types of music. It was out in the sticks, in a big shed in the middle of a field! We had no tours going on, and we rented a tour bus for cheap. We drove it down there, and we lived in that. So basically, we went on tour to record the album [Laughs], and we worked our brains into pieces! But it was also really free. We went for comfort and quality and a working situation where we didn’t feel stressed at all. That was awesome, and the strongest parts of this album are because of that.”
Hagström explains fans should prepare themselves for the unexpected on Immutable.
“This album is more melodic. It’s longer, and in my opinion, it’s more dynamic than most of our albums, we wanted to go for air and for dynamics, and lo and behold, that actually makes it sound way more like a band, from my perspective."
Destined to be one of 2022’s most hailed and talked-about releases, Immutable once again showcases Meshuggah’s collective brilliance, including some of the most jaw-dropping ensemble performances they have ever executed. Hagström offers that Immutable is a mission statement that showcases where Meshuggah are today.
“The title fits perfectly for where we are as a band, even though we’ve been experimenting all along, I also think we’ve been the same since day one. The way we approach things and why we still make new albums, and why we still sound the way we do, it’s immutable. Humanity is immutable, too. We commit the same mistakes over and over. And we are immutable. We do what we do, and we don’t change.”
Immutable was recorded at Sweetspot Studios in Halmstad, Sweden, mixed by Rickard Bengtsson and Staffan Karlsson, and mastered by multiple Grammy award winner Vlado Meller (Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down). Visionary artist Luminokaya once again created the stunning cover artwork.
At Maniacs we are stoked to be able to offer Immutable on vinyl from our online store now.
View the artwork (by visionary artist Luminokaya) and the tracklisting for Immutable below.
01. Broken Cog
02. The Abysmal Eye
03. Light The Shortening Fuse
05. Ligature Marks
06. God He Sees In Mirrors
07. They Move Below
09. Black Cathedral
10. I Am That Thirst
11. The Faultless
12. Armies Of The Preposterous
13. Past Tense
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