While speaking with Metal Hammer, Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake shared an interesting fact about the band’s upcoming LP “The Violent Sleep Of Reason”. Apparently, album #8 was recorded live by the band to obtain a more organic sound. He stated that their recent albums sounded “a little too perfect”, thus bringing about the change in the studio – along with having more time to make it happen. You can read over his quote right here:
“This album is recorded live. It’s the first time we’ve done that in 20, 25 years. It was time limitations that stopped us doing it before. And it’s been interesting. If you put it all together using computers then you often have to fix problems after the fact. I’ve gone back to records where I’ve not known every drum part. And once you do that you can start with drums and then just add layers of guitars and then bass and it all sounds perfect.
‘obZen‘ and ‘Koloss‘ are great albums but, to me, they are a little too perfect. It didn’t really capture what we sounded like honestly. But where we recorded live you get to hear the push and pull, one person might be a little ahead and the other might be a little behind. If you kill that, you can kill the energy.
So for us it was just about going back to those albums that inspired us when we were growing up, that were important to us in our formative years, and all of those bands had that energy. The albums in the 80s and early 90s had the rawness that I’m talking about – that’s what we wanted to recapture.”