Meshuggah has announced that their eighth studio album, The Violent Sleep of Reason, is set for release on October 7, 2016. Inspired by a Goya paintings known as “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,” the album will be released via Nuclear Blast and will be the band’s first entirely live-recorded album; an impressive feat considering the lengthiness and general intensity of their songs.
Last Friday, August 26th, Meshuggah released a single off the upcoming album as an appetizer for what’s to come. The single, titled “Born in Dissonance,” is everything you would expect and more, complete with cymbal crashing, white-eyed screams and the indescribable, cumbersome complexity of their melodies.
“It ties in with the Biblical Apocalypse, the idea of a deity coming back to undo it all and taking to heaven the ones who are righteous,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It’s about a monster that’s coming for us, or maybe an asteroid hurtling towards the earth. It’s always been a weird conundrum for me how some people, even devout people, fear the Apocalypse whilst others welcome it. I’ve never understood that.” says drummer Toma Haake, who wrote the lyrics to “Born in Dissonance.”
Below, you will find pre-order links, album art, track listing and announcement video for the upcoming album, as well as the video for the new single “Born in Dissonance.” More as we learn.
2. Born in Dissonance
4. By the Ton
5. Violent Sleep of Reason
6. Ivory Tower
9. Our Rage Won’t Die
10. Into Decay