Meshuggah Guitarist Says New Album Will Be 'Pretty Diverse'

(Prog) Meshuggah guitarist Marten Hagstrom says the band's 8th album, expected next year, is going to be "pretty diverse." The follow-up to 2012's Koloss is being written now - and it's powered by the members' different approaches to creating new material

Last month drummer Tomas Haake demonstrated how he took a rough rhythmic concept and developed it into a song. Now Hagstrom tells The Jasta Show (via Blabbermouth). : "We're early in the writing stage… We're writing right now, but we're really early still.

"And me personally, I'm really attracted by the idea of taking something that is really household in metal. 'Bleed' is a good example that Fredrik [Thordendal, guitar] wrote. You have like a triplet thing that is so f***ing generic metal that it can't possibly get any more generic. But you do something with it that makes it come into a new territory. Put a little bit of a different [spin]… Not astronomically just rewrite the whole f***ing thing, but just tweak it a little bit. And I'm really attracted to that.

"Right now I'm doing this song that, in essence… it's the most tragic metal song you would ever hear, but it doesn't come across that way 'cause I just tweaked it that extra mile. And I know Tomas [Haake, drums] and Dick [Lövgren, bass] have been working on a lot of stuff that is really out there. So I think it's gonna be a pretty diverse album." Read more and listen to the interview here.

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