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MESHUGGAH Clarifies FREDRIK THORDENDAL Only Played Leads On The New Album

"…we'd be lying if we said there hasn't been a difference since he took time out."

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Meshuggah recently began teasing what we're all assuming is a new record called Immutable. The record will be Meshuggah's first since 2016, and first since guitarist Fredrik Thordendal rejoined the band in 2021 after taking a break starting in 2017. Now in an interview with Metal Hammer, drummer Tomas Haake and guitarist Mårten Hagström reveal that Thordendal only played lead guitar on the record and clarifying that there's been "a difference since he took time out."

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"Halfway through the touring cycle of The Violent Sleep Of Reason, Fredrik took the time out to build his studio and focus on trying to get his solo album done. When we got off tour and went into album writing mode, we talked to Fredrik and let him know that we wanted him to play a couple of leads on this album. That was his part in the production – he was going to be the lead guitar player and we need him to be that wherever we felt that the songs demanded a proper Fredrik Thordendal Meshuggah lead… but we'd be lying if we said there hasn't been a difference since he took time out."

Meshuggah stated in March 2021 that Thordendal "will be back for lead work on the album as well as touring going forward. In other words. The band is back together. In full effect." The band will hit the road this September with Torche and a currently-unannounced second opener.

9/16 Worcester, MA – Palladium
9/17 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
9/18 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
9/20 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
9/24 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
9/25 Columbus, OH – Express Live
9/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
9/28 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theatre
9/29 Chicago, IL – Radius
9/30 Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live
10/2 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/4 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
10/8 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/9 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/10 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/12 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
10/13 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/15 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/16 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

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