A quarter-century ago, the Meshuggah EP was recorded, and before anyone really knew what was happening, the entire landscape of metal changed just a few years later as Meshuggah grew to become one of the most influential bands on the planet. Way back in February, drummer Tomas Haake teased us with the announcement that new releases would be part of the band’s 25th anniversary celebration. Now we get to find out what that is – a DVD of live concert footage entitled The Ophidian Trek.
Haake stated the following regarding the DVD:
We’re really stoked about this new Meshuggah live DVD! It’s been 4 years since the release of “Alive” and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there! Audio/Video was recorded during our European stretch of “The Ophidian Trek” tour, as well as at the Wacken Open Air festival – and we’re super proud of how it came out! For this one we used the extremely talented photographer Anthony Dubois for filming and editing, etc. and he’s really done a stunning job with it! Hope you guys dig it and here’s to another 25!!
Meshuggah releases are often pretty far apart, so this is great news for anyone that has been itching for a follow-up to 2012’s Koloss. In addition to the DVD, The Ophidian Trek will include two CD’s of live music. The release date for The Ophidian Trek is tentatively scheduled to be September 30th in North America.