Jonathan Pieslak


Academic Researcher and Composer

Jonathan with Tomas Haake from Meshuggah


In 2007, I published one of the first scholarly articles to address rhythm and meter in music of the Swedish ("progressive" or "experimental") metal band, Meshuggah.  When Meshuggah's sixth album, Obzen, was released in 2008, Nuclear Blast Records mentioned the article in the press packet, and since then the article has become fairly well-known among fans, musicians, and metal authors as a reference source for the distinct rhythmic and metric techniques that distinguish their music.


Here is a link to the article, please keep in mind that it is written for a scholarly audience so I'd be happy to break things down in a bit more of layman's terms if the writing and explanation is too academic--just send me an email.  

"Re-Casting Metal: Rhythm and meter in the music of meshuggah"


Music Theory Spectrum 29/2 (2007): 219 - 45