Top 10 People and Things that Influenced Meshuggah
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
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
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
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
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."
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.
Mostly Iron Maiden - Metal_Treasure
Allan Holdsworth influenced drummer Tomas Haake - Metal_Treasure