Top 10 People and Things that Influenced Meshuggah

The Top Ten
1 Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica Product Image

Drummer Tomas Haake (also lyricist and chief spokesperson for the band):

"If I had to name one album that made me want to compose and made me want to try something and create my own music it would probably be Ride the Lightning."

Haake said rhythm guitarist Marten Hagstrom thought the same (they were friends and both liked this album). Fredrik Thordendal was also into Metallica. - Metal_Treasure

2 Rush

Also whoever the first djent band influenced them prolly

Drummer Tomas Haake said:
"That was the band that I always kept going back to, [...], it was just an eye opener. " - Metal_Treasure

3 Marillion Marillion are a British rock band, formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene in Britain and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band more.

Drummer Tomas Haake:
"Marillion were one of my big loves of music for a bunch of years, and Rush too. I think I was 11 when I heard Script For A Jester’s Tear for the first time. Marten [Hagstrom, Meshuggah guitarist and Haake’s childhood friend] played it to me and I immediately loved it. I’d never heard anything like it. We listened to the same kind of music and Rush and Marillion were a huge thing. For us two, they influenced us far more than anything jazz, for instance."
Rush and Marillion are "totally in our musical DNA.", he added. - Metal_Treasure

4 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. more.

Early Meshuggah were heavily influenced by thrash metal (not only Metallica) but that changed after the album Chaosphere when they began creating their own style. - Metal_Treasure

5 Jazz Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music".
6 Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, (September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making more.

Haake’s sense of balance and space were obviously influenced by Peart. Also the level of creativity and musicality that make drumming really stand out.

Drummer & lyricist Tomas Haake:

"I didn’t ever try to play Rush or pick apart what Peart was doing. I played along to other bands but Rush is one that really had an influence on me - not in the direct sense that I started playing in that kind of style that Peart plays, it was just an eye opener. That was the first band in my teenage years where the drummer was writing the lyrics - like what the hell, how is that possible? In that sense, Neil Peart was who made me get into writing lyrics and reading books, and getting inspiration from books."

7 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Fredrik Thordendal liked Metallica so much that he formed a heavily Metallica-influenced band, that later became Meshuggah, and named it "Metallien".

Meshuggah's first albums were obviously influenced by Metallica, but it was only at the beginning of their career and Meshuggah aren't known for their first albums.
This is the reason Metallica aren't very high on this list.

8 New Wave of British Heavy Metal

Mostly Iron Maiden - Metal_Treasure

9 Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles in a career spanning more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.

Allan Holdsworth influenced drummer Tomas Haake - Metal_Treasure

10 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.
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