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Release date: 23 March 2012
Style: Technical thrash metal, Math metal, Progressive metal

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01. I Am Colossus
02. The Demon's Name Is Surveillance
03. Do Not Look Down
04. Behind The Sun
05. The Hurt That Finds You First
06. Marrow
07. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
08. Swarm
09. Demiurge
10. The Last Vigil

The best Djent / Math Metal album of 2012

Lyrics (10)


Additional info
Release dates:

March 23: Germany
March 26: rest of Europe
March 27: North America

Koloss will be released as a CD digi, limited edition Magic Cube (CD digi plus DVD exclusive to Nuclear Blast mail-order) and two-LP brown vinyl.

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Red_Travis My Top Albums Of 2012  | #99
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MechanisT - 20.01.2011 at 07:21  
  Yiah.
Twisted Zoul - 21.01.2011 at 13:53  
  Ones again it's time to bow for the godz
Leliel - 09.02.2011 at 04:16  
  OK ... waiting for Octoberfest !!! AHAHAHAHA
3rdWorldFuckFace - 20.02.2011 at 09:37  
  The band that spawned
a hundred copycats.........
a whole new genre (djent)..........
thousands of forums on metal drumming...........
is back in 2011 with a new album?????????? Thank u God!
Boxcar Willy - 09.03.2011 at 18:26  
  October eh? i can ask for it for my bday!
infernaldeath87 - 01.08.2011 at 01:34  
Rating: 8 CAN'T WAIT.
Cynic Metalhead - 30.08.2011 at 01:16  
Rating: 7 Its like Fuck Yeahhhhh!!!
theFIST - 10.12.2011 at 21:18  
Rating: 4 Hopefully the"ll speed up a bit
psykometal - 18.01.2012 at 03:33  
  Can't wait for this!!!
johnniepop - 02.02.2012 at 15:41  
  Can't wait to hear it, and later see them live in Sofia on 3rd of June
sandisrd - 11.02.2012 at 03:31  
Rating: 10 This will be another heart braking MASTERPIECE from MESHUGGAH boys!...
Rulatore - 14.02.2012 at 00:01  
Rating: 6 Fuck, the artwork is just amazing, hope the album will be too

Edit: This is better be good, already ordered the t-shirt the art is amazing
3rdWorld - 11.03.2012 at 09:02  
  From what i've seen in samples,Gonna be very meh... for me. So they chose to ignore the progression outside their walls, and stick to their guns ?? And slowed down, making an organic and heavy record?? Clearly, not MESHUGGAH enough for me.
Rulatore - 13.03.2012 at 02:28  
Rating: 6
Written by 3rdWorld on 11.03.2012 at 09:02

From what i've seen in samples,Gonna be very meh... for me.

Same here... as one said, when they play fast it's good, otherwise, almost all the times is boring
sandisrd - 14.03.2012 at 15:45  
Rating: 10 Many complain about ''boring, slow tones'' sound!, listening only samples and already making they judgment!, well for fact that even song ''Do not look down, The demon's name is surveillance utt!'' sounds so promising (technically step forward), still makes people doubt!. One thing in matter of fact what people can't ignore is that ''Koloss'' WILL be a groove and organic as ''Meshuggah'' predicted!.:)
Each song speak for herself, possible this album will be my favorite ''Meshuggah'' release yet!, and of course THIS MUSIC IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!, so lets keep are involuntary thought for ourselves and make are final judgment on release not unnecessarily speculate about things what we don't know!...;)
Valaskjalf - 15.03.2012 at 22:37  
Rating: 9 I really hope they bring out an album that knocked my socks off like the did back in 1998 - "Chaosphere" is still one of my most loved albums, never ages or gets boring! Wasnt too fond of "Obzen" - "Pineal Gland Optics" and "Bleed" were sweet but the rest sort of it didnt gel with me. From what Ive heard so far theyve slowed down again "Nothing"-style (which is my least favorite Meshuggah album) - just too fucking slow.

Really hoping it turns out great, if not then I will just carry on listening to "Vildhjarta" - those guys are really on a different level!
Rulatore - 19.03.2012 at 22:12  
Rating: 6 Just finished the album, it was like I expected, only few standouts and the rest is too slow ( too boring ). Definitely cant get into this band/genre.

Highlights: Do Not Look Down, The Hurt That Finds You First ( in the end gets boring ), Marrow ( best track on the record, really good ), Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion ( it could be shorter, but ok ).

My opinion
sandisrd - 19.03.2012 at 22:55  
Rating: 10 Well there is no room for compromise!, this is another masterpiece from instrumental masters Meshuggah!…
On Koloss you will find heart ripping tones with master mind lead guitarist Fredrik phenomenon sounds!, if you really want to threat yourself with overwhelming metal treasure!, than don't hesitated anymore and BUY not DOWNLOAD!, buy original CD!…Koloss without doubt is worth to be in you shelves!…
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.03.2012 at 23:33  
Rating: 6
Written by Rulatore on 19.03.2012 at 22:12

Just finished the album, it was like I expected, only few standouts and the rest is too slow ( too boring ). Definitely cant get into this band/genre.

Highlights: Do Not Look Down, The Hurt That Finds You First ( in the end gets boring ), Marrow ( best track on the record, really good ), Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion ( it could be shorter, but ok ).

My opinion

That's odd, apart from Marrow which is pretty good the other songs you mentioned are amongst the tracks I found weakest. I Am Colossus (mainly for excellent vocal performance), Behind The Sun (the second half is probably my favourite part of the album) and Marrow (which you can practically dance to) were the stand out tracks for me I think. Not sure about Swarm and Demiurge yet (Demiurge seems ok), my mind went a bit blank when they came on. On the whole not a hugely impressive album though.
Introspekrieg - 21.03.2012 at 21:42  
Rating: 7 Holy hell Marrow is such a killer track, shame the rest of the songs aren't really sticking yet. I mean the music isn't bad, but I just find my attention waning after a few minutes. I like me some Meshuggah, but I don't know about this. Seems very "Bleed" oriented... hoping it's a grower.
Chino - 22.03.2012 at 00:45  
Rating: 10 Awesome!!!!! :banger::banger::banger::banger::banger2:
pisymbol - 22.03.2012 at 14:02  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.03.2012 at 23:33

On the whole not a hugely impressive album though.


On first listen, I initially thought the same. But now I have the opposite view point after getting my head (ears?) around this album:

What's interesting is their track placement totally confounds me and I believe might be the weakest aspect of the album. Its hard for me to get comfortable with the album when they change it up track after track. For instance, the first track, I Am Colossus, has a tempered groove throughout it with a "slow-and-steady wins the race" progression that builds and builds, takes off, and then resets itself. Only to be followed by a Meshuggahisque fugue in The Devil's Name Is Surveillance, where there are several melodies built on top of a single rhythmic pattern. Then back to slow and steady groove albeit a bit boring at times with Do Not Look Down (probably the weakest track on the whole album though it does exude a menacing groove).

Highlights: I Am Colossus, The Devil's Name Is Surveillance, Marrow, Swarm (this single track will go down as one of their all time greats, btw I am a hobbyist beekeeper, trust me), and Demiurge

This album is a lot stronger than obZen.
reinka0s - 22.03.2012 at 17:35  
  I'm very dissapointed with this album. I expected more from Meshuggah
sandisrd - 22.03.2012 at 22:12  
Rating: 10
Written by reinka0s on 22.03.2012 at 17:35

I'm very dissapointed with this album. I expected more from Meshuggah


You can be very disappointed on yourself!, this is a masterpiece for you to enlighten yourself!...
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.03.2012 at 22:26  
Rating: 6
Written by sandisrd on 22.03.2012 at 22:12


You can be very disappointed on yourself!, this is a masterpiece for you to enlighten yourself!...

Compared to Destroy Erase Improve, Nothing and Catch 33 this has a long way to go to reach masterpiece territory. Now excuse me while I go be disappointed all down myself...
Introspekrieg - 23.03.2012 at 00:38  
Rating: 7
Written by pisymbol on 22.03.2012 at 14:02

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.03.2012 at 23:33

On the whole not a hugely impressive album though.


On first listen, I initially thought the same. But now I have the opposite view point after getting my head (ears?) around this album:

What's interesting is their track placement totally confounds me and I believe might be the weakest aspect of the album. Its hard for me to get comfortable with the album when they change it up track after track. For instance, the first track, I Am Colossus, has a tempered groove throughout it with a "slow-and-steady wins the race" progression that builds and builds, takes off, and then resets itself. Only to be followed by a Meshuggahisque fugue in The Devil's Name Is Surveillance, where there are several melodies built on top of a single rhythmic pattern. Then back to slow and steady groove albeit a bit boring at times with Do Not Look Down (probably the weakest track on the whole album though it does exude a menacing groove).

Highlights: I Am Colossus, The Devil's Name Is Surveillance, Marrow, Swarm (this single track will go down as one of their all time greats, btw I am a hobbyist beekeeper, trust me), and Demiurge

This album is a lot stronger than obZen.



That really sums it up nicely, been listening to it a bit more... quite hypnotic actually. Found some of the tracks like Swarm and Demiurge started to grow on me.
BugVommit - 23.03.2012 at 08:45  
Rating: 8 Definitely an album that grows on you... Especially if you are in the right mood for it!
Valaskjalf - 23.03.2012 at 20:14  
Rating: 9 Definitely better than Obzen...but is it just me or is this perhaps the least complex Meshuggah album ever released? Very straightforward, theres hardly any mind-bending timings - Haake will play this shit live without breaking a sweat!

Good album though, a bit more accessible I think, but some decent songs. Nothing mind-blowing yet, but like the above poster said, this seems to be a grower.
sandisrd - 24.03.2012 at 02:57  
Rating: 10
Written by Valaskjalf on 23.03.2012 at 20:14

Definitely better than Obzen...but is it just me or is this perhaps the least complex Meshuggah album ever released? Very straightforward, theres hardly any mind-bending timings - Haake will play this shit live without breaking a sweat!

Good album though, a bit more accessible I think, but some decent songs. Nothing mind-blowing yet, but like the above poster said, this seems to be a grower.


Applause to a true and honest man thoughts!!!...I'm think the same!, this album is a true art without any doubts!...
BaZaH - 24.03.2012 at 12:57  
Rating: 10 They have once again raised the bar for heavy.
Rulatore - 24.03.2012 at 23:17  
Rating: 6
Written by Valaskjalf on 23.03.2012 at 20:14

but is it just me or is this perhaps the least complex Meshuggah album ever released? Very straightforward, theres hardly any mind-bending timings - Haake will play this shit live without breaking a sweat!


I'm not an expert in this thing, but 'Marrow' seems pretty technical and hard to play ( drums part at least ), but dont know, this is me

and I prefer more their straightforward/fast songs than those boring-pseudo-complex-song structures ( still I dont like all the faster songs )
atrox - 26.03.2012 at 17:05  
Rating: 8 Sounds just like another Meshuggah album. Doesn't it?
Unhealer - 26.03.2012 at 19:33  
Rating: 8
Written by atrox on 26.03.2012 at 17:05

Sounds just like another Meshuggah album. Doesn't it?


Yep, agree. You'll know exactly what to expect of this one if you heard ObZen.
The Benighted - 26.03.2012 at 23:31  
Rating: 9
Written by Unhealer on 26.03.2012 at 19:33

Written by atrox on 26.03.2012 at 17:05

Sounds just like another Meshuggah album. Doesn't it?


Yep, agree. You'll know exactly what to expect of this one if you heard ObZen.

I disagree, this is much more elaborate than ObZen. Sure it has some of the leanings but it's a much more extensive album. ObZen almost felt stripped down in places, imo.
Introspekrieg - 26.03.2012 at 23:55  
Rating: 7
Written by Valaskjalf on 23.03.2012 at 20:14

Definitely better than Obzen...but is it just me or is this perhaps the least complex Meshuggah album ever released? Very straightforward, theres hardly any mind-bending timings - Haake will play this shit live without breaking a sweat!


Isn't almost every Meshuggah song in 4/4? Just a little metric dissonance here and there...

Sorry if I'm wrong, I know very little about the technical aspects of music.
!J.O.O.E.! - 27.03.2012 at 00:48  
Rating: 6
Written by Introspekrieg on 26.03.2012 at 23:55


Isn't almost every Meshuggah song in 4/4? Just a little metric dissonance here and there...

Sorry if I'm wrong, I know very little about the technical aspects of music.

I believe so yeah, the band has said they aren't as crazy time signature wise as people seem to think, they just play in a way that gives the impression they are.
Mr. Doctor - 27.03.2012 at 00:50  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.03.2012 at 00:48

Written by Introspekrieg on 26.03.2012 at 23:55


Isn't almost every Meshuggah song in 4/4? Just a little metric dissonance here and there...

Sorry if I'm wrong, I know very little about the technical aspects of music.

I believe so yeah, the band has said they aren't as crazy time signature wise as people seem to think, they just play in a way that gives the impression they are.


I always felt that when I listened to them, that's why I never found them SO technical and crazy.
Unhealer - 27.03.2012 at 04:56  
Rating: 8
Written by Introspekrieg on 26.03.2012 at 23:55

Isn't almost every Meshuggah song in 4/4? Just a little metric dissonance here and there...

Sorry if I'm wrong, I know very little about the technical aspects of music.


Yeah, that is right. And I think that they explained it so many times that they ended up overusing it.
Here on Koloss I can recall a few sections they go out of 4/4. Not so sure about ObZen.
Codera the Great - 27.03.2012 at 05:16  
  This sounds really good! I find it to be a great follow up to ObZen for sure.
Valaskjalf - 27.03.2012 at 19:40  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.03.2012 at 00:48

Written by Introspekrieg on 26.03.2012 at 23:55


Isn't almost every Meshuggah song in 4/4? Just a little metric dissonance here and there...

Sorry if I'm wrong, I know very little about the technical aspects of music.

I believe so yeah, the band has said they aren't as crazy time signature wise as people seem to think, they just play in a way that gives the impression they are.


Well all Im saying is that this time around they didnt disguise it as well as they used to, hence the drumming comes across even more straightforward as on previous records. Not a bad thing, perhaps its their age showing
sandisrd - 27.03.2012 at 21:25  
Rating: 10 I love this album, I've been listening metal music almost all my life and this incredible ''Meshuggah'' release is simply beautiful musical art!, I never thought I would find a perfect album!, but here it is a ''Koloss''!...All that comparing with ''Nothing'', or ''Catch 33'' is nonsenses!, don't get me wrong I really admire those albums, but ''Koloss'' is edge of the ''Meshuggah'' new instrumental nightmare!, of course with naked ear you will not hear that complexity!, moreover ''Meshuggah'' again rise the bar too high, so probably the only ones ho will surpass them will be themselves!!!...
Jookbox - 27.03.2012 at 23:45  
Rating: 8 Excellent album. I already like it more than Obzen, and it usually takes a month or more for me to get into a Meshuggah album. As usual the audio sounds super compressed, but I assume that's necessary for this music.
Regolith - 28.03.2012 at 18:58  
Rating: 9 Just picked it up last night... Not going to rate yet because I've learned to let it sink in first. But first impression is that it's not as crazy as I thought it would be. There is very little of the signature Meshuggah polyrhythms going on, which isn't necessarily bad, just...meh. The album seems to be slower and more straight forward, as a whole. Can't say too much yet, still gotta digest it for a month or two. It is definately Meshuggah-dark. Oh, and being a drummer I've got to note that this is the first time in all thier catalogue that the snare sounds a little off..
Kjtil - 28.03.2012 at 21:21  
Rating: 9 It's growing on me. Really getting into Behind The Sun!
sandisrd - 29.03.2012 at 03:24  
Rating: 10
Written by Kjtil on 28.03.2012 at 21:21

It's growing on me. Really getting into Behind The Sun!


It is true, the song ''Behind the sun'' is musical art which can't be missed!, Jens on this one did a really incredible job!...
Frank Sinistra - 29.03.2012 at 08:01  
Rating: 7 Not their best, only two songs : swarm and marrow i found pretty amusing
i just can't get past the rest of the album
in my personal view, there are other happy go djenty acts that sound better
sandisrd - 30.03.2012 at 15:31  
Rating: 10 Finally I have this honor to see them in Sweden studio!, on ''Koloss'' DVD!...I strongly recommend this DVD for every one ho wants to see how the origin MATH-METAL thrives!...
Well what about other so called ''Djent'' bands, none of them will be even close to a true MATH-METAL masters ''Meshuggah''!, there is some band's ho develop their skills and follow ''Djent'' path quite worthy but that about it!......
Unhealer - 30.03.2012 at 19:18  
Rating: 8
Written by Kjtil on 28.03.2012 at 21:21

It's growing on me. Really getting into Behind The Sun!


I love how that song slowly builds up to a higher tempo. Killer track, probably my favorite.
Et Ermit - 07.04.2012 at 07:12  
  I think this is pretty good, though it could be better, specially the voice/singing i guess they could put a bit more effort with that, try to match what they say, but otherwise it's pretty good
Unhealer - 14.04.2012 at 06:03  
Rating: 8 Weird that the best track of the album was composed by Jens Kidman. Did he write another song for Meshuggah before?

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