The return of the band’s guitarist will be the first time since 2017 that Thordendal is back in the mix.
While the speculation surrounding Meshuggah all pointed towards signs of movement in the direction of a new album, the band has made the news official by confirming that they have entered Sweetspot Studios in Sweden two begin work on what will be the band’s ninth studio affair.
In addition to the news of the follow-up to their gargantuan 2016 LP, The Violent Sleep of Reason, Meshuggah has also disclosed that guitarist Fredrik Thordendal has returned to the line-up after a four year stretch apart from the band. The reunion of sorts does not come without it’s casualties, as this means the band’s longstanding replacement in Per Nilsson of Scar Symmetry will step away from his post as the band’s touring guitarist.
The band released the following statement addressing the new album and the return Thordendal.
“Things are happening. As some of you figured out we have entered Sweetspot Studios and have begun recording a new album. ::Spoiler:: There will be distortion and kicks.
Also, we have other news. We are releasing Per Nilsson back into the wild to roam free in any way he sees fit. It has been a true privilege and honor to share the stage with Per and even more importantly we have made a great friend through our travels. Per. We thank you. You are a formidable human being!!
So why are we releasing Per back into a more stable habitat you ask? The answer is simple. Fredrik will be back for lead work on the album as well as touring going forward. In other words. The band is back together. In full effect.”
Meshuggah has already announced plans to return to the road towards the later quarter of 2021, with routing taking the band into the end of the year. The show plans also include a historic play set for Royal Albert Hall next year. The routing can be found below.