Hearing Meshuggah for the first time is always a fascinating moment in a metalhead’s life. The listener either thinks, What’s all this wonky nonsense? or, Holy shit, whatever this is, I’m HERE FOR IT. The latter was apparently the reaction of Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn, who recently interviewed guitarist Mårten Hagström for Metal Hammer and related the story of his first experience hearing the band.

Speaking to Mårten, Flynn described how he got his first taste of Meshuggah as part of a massive metal care package from his new label:

“When I signed to Roadrunner, Monte [Conner, former A&R] sent me a huge package of CDs from all over the world. There was death metal bands, thrash metal bands, and you guys, the None EP. I remember being fucking blown away, dude. The guitar tone ripped my face off. I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is fucking sick!’ Then Burn My Eyes comes out [in 1994] and we got to do the headline tour. Ian Sales was our booking agent, and we’d just done the Slayer tour, and he was like, ‘Who do you wanna take on the road? ’Cos I want my band Mary Beats Jane to go out with you guys.’ He sent me the CD and I was like, ‘It’s cool, it’s kind of like funk rock, and we [also] need something heavy: fuckin’ Meshuggah!”’


Get tickets to have your face ripped off at one of the dates on Meshuggah’s upcoming U.S. tour:

w/ Torche and Converge

09/16 – Worcester, MA at Palladium
09/17 – Philadelphia, PA at Franklin Music Hall
09/18 – New York, NY at Hammerstein Ballroom
09/20 – Silver Springs, MD at Fillmore Silver Springs
09/21 – Norfolk, VA at The NorVa
09/24 – Cleveland, OH at Agora Theatre
09/25 – Columbus, OH at KEMBA! Live
09/27 – Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE
09/28 – Royal Oak, MI at Royal Oak Music Theatre
09/29 – Chicago, IL at Radius
09/30 – St Paul, MN at Myth Live

w/ Torche and In Flames

10/2 – Denver, CO, at Fillmore Auditorium
10/4 – San Francisco, CA, at The Warfield Theatre
10/7 – Sacramento, CA, at Aftershock
10/8 – Riverside, CA, at Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/9 – Los Angeles, CA, at the Hollywood Palladium
10/10 – Tempe, AZ, at the Marquee Theatre
10/12 – Dallas, TX, at The Factory In Deep Ellum
10/14 – Houston, TX, at Warehouse Live
10/1`5 – Orlando, FL, at Hard Rock Live
10/16 – Atlanta, GA, at Buckhead Theatre