MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake recently spoke to the Chronicles of Chaos webzine about their recently released EP, "I", and their plans for the next full-length CD, "Catch 33", tentatively due before the end of the year. Several excerpts from the interview follow:

Chronicles of Chaos: Touching on the label issue for a moment — your next album, "Catch 33", is still being released on Nuclear Blast later this year, according to my knowledge.

Tomas Haake: "Yeah, that's right."

Chronicles of Chaos: Have you guys decided to re-sign with them then?

Tomas Haake: "No, we haven't re-signed with them, it's just a matter of opinion. They say that we owe them a full-length album and in our opinion we don't, and instead of taking it to court — no matter who wins the case, the drawback would definitely be on our account, because fans would have to wait longer for the next record, we wouldn't be able to tour... It's basically just a case of saying, 'Fuck it,' and doing it and keeping the fans happy. And it's going to be cool album — we're not going to be putting out a lot of nonsense. It's not a proper full-length if you will, more like an experimental full-length. Like 'I', it will be one single song, but at full-length. It's going to be much more guitar riff based than anything we have ever done as well, so there won't be as much of the drumming that kind of throws you off — just more straightforward, but at the same time totally insane riffing."

Chronicles of Chaos: I guess it stands to reason that this will be quite a departure from "Nothing"?

Tomas Haake: "I'd say so, yes. It's definitely experimental and we're not telling people that this is the next official full-length. If you're looking for another 'Chaosphere' or another 'Nothing' that contains a bunch of different songs, then this is probably not the album that you want to buy, but if you're interested in anything that we're doing then it's something you should check out. Like I said, I'm sure that MESHUGGAH fans will love it. It's definitely a step to the side of what we're doing right now."

Chronicles of Chaos: Is there a single underlying concept running through "Catch 33"?

Tomas Haake: "There is a certain concept running through it if you will, because it is just one song with one set of lyrics. At the same time, the concept is very vague."

Read Tomas Haake's entire interview with Chronicles of Chaos at this location.


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