Last night I was scrolling through my news feed and noticed djent-themed Facebook page The Djentleman's Club was posting about Meshuggah, who I'm always keeping an eye on for any kind of news. They posted a picture of the band in an unidentified German guitar magazine holding two guitars… one of which has more strings than we're used to for the band. Behold!
Now before we get to where I'm going with this, keep in mind the band had stated in September of 2013 they'd probably begin writing a new record sometime early 2014. Considering it generally takes the band about three or four years between records, we can safely assume we will more than likely not being seeing a new Meshuggah record this year. All of that considered can we assume the band are either toying with or even demoing new material with the 9-string? This would put the group down to a low C as the bottom note, an entire fourth below where they normally are on an 8-string!
All that being said, we have already heard Meshuggah go this low! Seriously! On "Spasm" from their Nothing record, guitarist Fredrik Thordendal tunes his lowest string on his 8-string down to Bb, or a whole step lower than the ninth string on the above guitar… so before y'all get all preachy, keep that one in mind.