Listening To Meshuggah’s “Catchy Thirty Three” in NYC (4/1/2005)

Artist: Meshuggah
Title: “Catch Thirty-Three” – Listening Party
Venue: CBGB’s Gallery (New York, NY)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Date: 4/1/2005
Genre: Technical Death Metal

Once again I trekked down to the Bowery for the famed CBGB’s Club. Actually we were downstairs in the roomy lounge of the adjacent building in a space known as the CBGB’s Gallery. This atmosphere is more suited to a party like this since you are out to network with the band and enjoy their latest work. The reason for the trip this evening was to meet a couple of the guys in the one and only “Meshuggah”. The band had come to town to give the Media a sneak listen on their latest effort entitled “Catch Thirty Three”. It was great to be included in the festivities like this, since getting to talk to the Artist before an actual release can be a special thing and assist in getting the word out on it. Nuclear Blast Records was in full presence as reps from the label entertained folks like my colleague Pete Pardo (from www.SeaOfTranquility.org) and many others. It’s pretty cool that the label does this kind of thing and also that they picked this particular venue to showcase the album. Recently, CBGB’s has been in the news over their fight with the owners of the building over unpaid rent and it looks like the doors may soon close on the birthplace of Punk Rock. It’s a landmark club whether you love it or hate it, and a lot of memorable music has come from it so I hope it gets resolved to a positive fashion.

Joining us from the band Meshuggah would be drummer Tuomas Haake and guitarist Marten Hagstrom and they were very excited about the album and what it would bring to the table for their music. With “Catch Thirty-Three” Meshuggah would be doing things a little differently. This CD would be one long track that gets broken up into segments to show the transition along the piece. It was a CD they felt needed to be released and for drummer Tuomas this had to be interesting for the drumming is all programmed. There are also none of the ripping guitar solos that we usually get from Fredrik. However, it is overall heavy and nicely constructed and I think will intrigue as much as impress. Meshuggah has long been one of those bands that instead of following convention have set it. Meshuggah also announced to us that they planned on returning to the USA for some much overdue touring. At that point with the loud music and lots of alcohol flowing everyone just rocked and had a kick ass time for the remainder of the party. It was a pleasure to meet Meshuggah and I thank Nuclear Blast Records and all the great contacts we met as well. More labels need to do this kind of thing as it firms up as a positive in a time where it seems like the record industry is not about the music anymore.

Watch for reviews of all things Meshuggah on the site as we get them in.

Official Web site: www.Meshuggah.net

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