Meshuggah Talks 'The Violent Sleep Of Reason' Themes


(Prog) Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake has revealed the inspiration behind their upcoming eighth album "The Violent Sleep Of Reason." The band previously said the cover art was "inspired by a Goya painting called The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters." Now Haake has given more details on the creative input into the follow-up to 2012's Koloss.

He says: "It was a hard one in the sense that you don't immediately have a visual to the title The Violent Sleep Of Reason - how do you portray that? So when discussing this with Keerych Luminokaya, who also did the artwork for our 25th anniversary box set along with the artwork for Koloss, we just let him loose on that idea and how to portray that.

"What you're seeing on the artwork is basically a human being that's been in stasis for a long time. The vines were the original idea - they're growing into him. But it's a body that's been asleep for so long that it's been taken over something else."

As for the lyrics behind The Violent Sleep Of Reason, Haake adds: "The whole idea of why we chose the title is to connect with the lyrical content of the album, which is to a fair degree about current events and what you see going on such a terrorism and extremist views on ideals and religious dogma, and the violent implications that you get from being asleep or not acting or reacting to what's going on in the proper way." Read more here.

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