Video: Meshuggah Release Surreal Music Video For “The Abysmal Eye”

Meshuggah photo: Jonas Rogowski (Wikimedia Commons)
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It goes without saying that one of the most anticipated metal albums of this year is Immutable by Meshuggah. For three and a half decades, Meshuggah have been delivering profoundly crushing, technically fascinating music. They aren’t just a band that has inspired other acts – they’ve forever changed heavy music.

With the announcement of Immutable last month, the band also released the first single off the album, “The Abysmal Eye,” and now there is a music video for it. And in typical Meshuggah fashion – it’s trippy as hell!

People run through a desert. Cloaked beings gather in an eldritch-looking chamber. A mutation of some sort – a face screaming outward – is shown. What does all this mean? You’ll need to find that out for yourself in the music video below.

Pertaining to the album’s title, band guitarist Mårten Hagström shared the following:

“The title fits perfectly for where we are as a band. We’re older now. Most of us are in our fifties now, and we’ve settled into who we are. Even though we’ve been experimenting all along, I also think we’ve been the same since day one. The way we approach things and why we still make new albums, and why we still sound the way we do, it’s immutable. Humanity is immutable, too. We commit the same mistakes over and over. And we are immutable. We do what we do, and we don’t change.”

Immutable will be released April 1st, it is the follow up to 2016’s The Violent Sleep of Reason. Meshuggah will be heading out on a North American tour in the near future – you can find all the dates and locations below.

09/16 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
09/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
09/18 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
09/20 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
09/24 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
09/25 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
09/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre
09/29 – Chicago, IL @ Radius
09/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth Live
10/02 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
10/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre
10/08 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/10 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/12 – Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum
10/13 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/15 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
10/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre


Words by: Michael Pementel