Meshuggah Releases Thunderous New Song “Light the Shortening Fuse”

After serving the first taste of their new album, ImmutableAlong with “The Abysmal Eye”, Swedish lords of complex rhythms, Meshuggah, have released another new single, “Light the Shortening Fuse”.

During the first half of this new track, things seem pretty typical for Meshuggah with stomp ‘n’ groove elements that have dominated their work for over three well-playing decades. This is the back part of “Light the Shortening Fuse”, however, which can surprise listeners with melodic, buzzy atmospheric touches that invoke a cinematic soundtrack vibe.

“Sound-wise, we were looking for a warmer sound this time around, less harsh mids and highs in the guitars, and less abrasive cymbals. not just be mangled and crushed,” drummer Tomas Haake said of the band’s goal while recording. Immutabletheir ninth full length.

“Tomas has always been a monster behind the drums,” added guitarist Mårten Hagström, “but I think we’ve managed to capture his drumming style more this time around. Like I said, Tomas has always been good sounded, but it’s going up a notch.”

Listen to “Turn on the Shortening Fuse” below and search Immutable to drop on April 1st on Atomic Fire. Pre-order your copy here.

Meshuggah, “Light the Shortening Fuse” lyrics (via Genius)

Blinded, gagged and bound by confirmation
On this premise we iterate a lie
Why will remain unanswered
They know, we know, it doesn’t matter

Sterile stop words, no information
We are led to believe in self-applied deception
This trope of ignorance, misinformation
Made to confuse, to light the shortened wick

Wading through the rubble of ideologies
Cherrypicking madness at the cupping gospel
Sustenance for the greatest of ideas
Life is a machine, it will take care of me
bow, serve, obey

Bared teeth, the lesson is over
The strange stench of raw meat
Attract acolytes to feast
Rotten thoughts the treat

So who came up with your ideas
Before you spit them out like they’re yours
Play the pawn, knowing where the hope lies
where he will die

Meshuggah, “Light the Shortening Wick”

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