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INTELLIENCE AND SACRFICE

RETURNING TO A MORE ORGANIC APPROACH TO RECORDING MESHUGGAH ARE BACK WITH NEW BANGER ‘THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON’. INSPIRED BY A CLASSICAL ART PIECE, GUITARIST MÅRTEN HAGSTRÖM TELLS TERRORIZER ALL ABOUT IT

A pproaching their 30th year of existence, Meshuggah are a truly pioneering act whose modus operandi has always been about pushing the boundaries. Lauded for their virtuoso abilities, this Swedish behemoth have long been known for melding dense and intricate soundscapes with challenging conceptual lyrics. New release ‘The Violent Sleep Of Reason’ takes its cue from ‘The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters’, a famous illustration by Spanish artist Francisco Goya. Like the ominous image that inspires it, ‘The Violent Sleep Of Reason’ is a cautionary tale which tells of the perils of social ignorance in modern society.

MASS HYSTERIA IS THEIR METHOD OF CONTROL

“It’s a reflection of the state of humanity,” says Mårten. “All the disinformation, propaganda and noise put out by the media makes it hard for people to know what is real. People are afraid of many things and exaggerate some things and downplay others. It seems we aren’t equipped to handle dealing with people who are different from us. That’s why you see a lot of extremist political groups on the rise right now. The ‘sleep’ we are talking about is the indifferent stance that many people have to take in order to focus on their own lives, and when people are rash and quick to judge without having the facts. These are the tools that people like Donald Trump use to further their agenda. If you sit most people down you can show them that most Muslims aren’t terrorists. If they were, the whole world would be on fire! Unfortunately such views become commonplace because of how the media portrays them. It’s sickening how western society uses the media to fuel fear. One week they’ll tell you how a certain food increases your risk of contracting cancer if you eat this food, but the truth will be it only increases it by point one of a percent. Mass hysteria is their method of control.”

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There are only a handful of bands that I absolutely love, have really made a massive impact in my life and, ultimately, don’t let me down when it comes to live shows, recordings or attitudes to life. The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of those bands and it’s an honour to have them grace the cover for the second time while I steer the good ship Terrorizer. I have fond memories of TDEP – from the first time I Interviewed them for another metal magazine in their early days, right through to the last show I recently saw of theirs at the Old Blue Last in London at the tail end of the Summer. Always faultless, it’s safe to say they are going out on a high and while few bands will ever step up to the plate like Dillinger do every night, their legacy and recorded output will last forever, and for that we should be thankful. Kevin Stewart-Panko first interviewed them for these sacred pages, so it was only right that he should interview them one final time. I hope you enjoy his (and the bands’) words and do crank out their new album at the same time – it’s nothing short of breathtaking. Until next month… Darren Sadler
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