MESHUGGAH guitarist Mårten Hagström recently spoke to MTV.com about the band's decision to create a "ballsier" sound with their latest effort, Nothing, in the stores today through Nuclear Blast Records.
"We started playing eight-string guitars (instead of the usual six). It allowed us to go lower sonically and attain bass sounds on guitars," the guitarist said. "That helped us create the atmosphere we were looking for. We wanted it to be a bit darker, a bit slower and more sinister."
"We feel like we kind of matured on this album," Hagström added. "It's something we discovered when we went back and listened to our older albums. Our last record, Chaosphere, is very much an imprint of where we were at that time because we were totally stressed out and we didn't know where we were headed. We were in a different place this time. We wanted to grow, so we tried to use simple building blocks musically to create a complex picture."
With regards to the album title, Hagström had the following to say: "Nothing is real simple, but when you read it you're like, 'What? Why Nothing?' For us, it has a lot to do with the material both lyrical and musical. It's sort of about everything. It's like a total intake of the human psyche in a way, conceptual-wise. So instead of calling it Everything, it's Nothing. When you pick the album up, there's pretty much nothing on the cover, there are no song titles when you flip it on the backside, it's pretty clean. So that allows you to focus on the music."