One of the most prolific bands on Nuclear Blast, the majrity of Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers Meshuggah'scatalog has been unavailable on vinyl for years. A series of new colored editions from the label boast newly remastered audio for spectacular sound and newly designed gatefold jackets. The first five reissues being released in November 2018 include: Meshuggah EP (1989), Contradictions Collapse (1991), None EP (1994), Destroy Erase Improve (1995) and Chaosphere (1998). The re-designed album artwork was completed by Keerych Luminokaya (Koloss). For the remastering, Meshuggah enlisted Thomas Eberger of Stockholm Mastering who worked on The Violent Sleep of Reason which secured the band their first Grammy nomination.
While the term "genre-defining" gets tossed around quite frequently these days in the music industry, and most especially the heavy metal industry, it is truly the only proper term to align with the head expanding sounds created by Meshuggah. The band began its formation in Umeå, Sweden in 1987. With over 25 years and eight full length albums as masters in this realm, the band have been on an endless journey to outwardly reveal their uncommon sonic stamp. This greatly pertains to the musical precision required in order to create songs with such unique time signatures.
In 1989 the band‘s vestal voyage began with their self titled extended play release. In 1991 with the release of their first full length album Contradictions Collapse the band welcomed their new drummer, and the man that would eventually be dubbed "the best drummer alive;" the incredible Tomas Haake. After a few unfortunate accidents befell the band including hand injuries to both Fredrik Thordendal and Haake they returned in 1994 with the NoneEP, their first release to feature rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström.