NewsOctober 8, 2020 10:35 AM ET3,525 views

Meshuggah have written 'most' of new album

In a new interview with, Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake revealed that the majority of the new album is written and the group is currently targeting a late 2021 release:
"Since March, we all kind of separated, and Jens [Kidman, vocals] took all his stuff and started working from home," he said (see video below). "And me and Dick [Lövgren], the bass player, we usually work a lot together, but he also worked separately since then. But at this point, we're back together, and we're trying to hammer it out... "I think we have most of the material for the new album. It takes a long time for us between each album, and this time, due to COVID as well, it's gonna be longer than usual, I think. Right now, we're aiming at a release in late '21. Then the question mark right now is, is touring even gonna happen at that point? And if not, do you release the album or do you hold off with it and try to make money some other ways, like doing live shows on the Internet or whatever? So, yeah, it's time consuming, for sure."
Speaking on the band's ability to weather the pandemic, Haake had this to say:
"We know a lot of bands that just had their album out or just finished something and were just about to go on tour, and this happened. So, of course, we feel with 'em... that's no fun. We were fortunate enough... we just kind of finished the tour run for 'The Violent Sleep Of Reason', so we're just writing. We played a lot the last few years, so we had a good amount of cash in the bank to keep us afloat for a while, so we've been really fortunate in all this compared to a lot of bands that are just... they're done. What are they supposed to do?"
You can check out the full interview here:

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