MESHUGGAH's latest album, "obZen" has sold 11,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 59 on The Billboard 200 chart. This is substantially more than the 7,000 first-week total achieved by its predecessor, "Catch 33", which landed at No. 170 on The Billboard 200 chart back in June 2005.
An e-card for "obZen" can be accessed at this location.
MESHUGGAH was recently interviewed by Paolo Bianco of the Italian magazine Metal Shock about "obZen". The band explained both the album title (described as a play on words "obscene" and "zen"), and the CD cover (depicting a man meditating in the "zen lotus" position while covered in blood, explained as a metaphor for mankind finding peace of mind through acting obscene).
An audio clip of the interview is available at this location.
MESHUGGAH held a listening party for "obZen" on January 12 at the NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California. Attending the event were producer Roy Z (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, SEBASTIAN BACH), Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL), Christian Olde Wolbers (FEAR FACTORY), Raymond Herrera (FEAR FACTORY) Patrick Lachman (THE MERCY CLINIC, ex-DAMAGEPLAN), Nick Menza (MEGADETH), Dirk Verbeuren (SOILWORK) and Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.), among others. Check out photos at DirtJunior.com.
A commercial for "obZen" can be viewed below.
MESHUGGAH will support MINISTRY on the North American leg of "C U LaTouR" beginning on March 25 in Spokane. Also appearing on the bill is HEMLOCK.