Meshuggah - Koloss


8.1 | 423 votes |
Release date: 23 March 2012
Style: Technical thrash metal, Math metal, Progressive metal

Owners:

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58 want it


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

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.

Guest review by
flightoficarus
Rating:
9.6
The most common complaint I hear about Meshuggah, from the monotone vocals to the djent-spawning guitar crunch, is repetitiveness. It is true that a passing listen yields a surface-level of uniformity that some may find unappealing. However, there was an interview with the band stating something that has stuck with me: every instrument is treated as percussion. Considering this fact helped everything resonate on a deeper level with me. The drums, of course, are technical beyond measure with their polyrhythms and constant changes, but the guitars and the vocal cadence are given equal attention in their meticulous placement within the time signatures. Nothing is left to chance with Meshuggah.

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26.03.2012 - 17:05
Rating: 8
atrox
Sounds just like another Meshuggah album. Doesn't it?
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26.03.2012 - 19:33
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
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.
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26.03.2012 - 23:31
Rating: 9
The Benighted
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.
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Learn to adapt to the change, or get washed away like tears in the rain.
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26.03.2012 - 23:55
Rating: 7
Introspekrieg
Totemic Lust
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.
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27.03.2012 - 00:48
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
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.
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27.03.2012 - 00:50
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
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.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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27.03.2012 - 04:56
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
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.
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27.03.2012 - 05:16
Codera the Great
Account deleted
This sounds really good! I find it to be a great follow up to ObZen for sure.
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27.03.2012 - 19:40
Rating: 9
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable
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
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IF THE MILK IS SOUR...I AINT THE KINDA PUSSY TO DRINK IT
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27.03.2012 - 21:25
Rating: 10
sandisrd
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!!!...
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27.03.2012 - 23:45
Rating: 8
Jookbox
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.
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28.03.2012 - 18:58
Rating: 9
Regolith
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..
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28.03.2012 - 21:21
Rating: 9
Kjtil
It's growing on me. Really getting into Behind The Sun!
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29.03.2012 - 03:24
Rating: 10
sandisrd
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!...
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29.03.2012 - 08:01
Rating: 7
Frank Sinistra
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
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30.03.2012 - 15:31
Rating: 10
sandisrd
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!......
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30.03.2012 - 19:18
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
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.
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07.04.2012 - 07:12
Music4TheSpirit
MetalForTheSpiri
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
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In this days we seem to be limited by scientific knowledge
"I'm a good man... while that don't interfere with my interest" Anonymous , taken from the low moderm and post-moderm consciences
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14.04.2012 - 06:03
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
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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19.04.2012 - 23:18
Rating: 8
Uldreth
I just bought this album, was a pretty random purchase. Need to listen more times to be able to tell an opinion, but maaaan, Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion compels me to go about and thrash everything that comes my way.
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07.05.2012 - 12:23
Coconut Racecar
I mean.. It's great, but goddamn.. I thought they were repetative BEFORE, lol. It's like listening to a song on repeat half the time.. Still.. Good, though.
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22.05.2012 - 14:16
Rating: 9
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable
This album deserves better, so good! Best Meshuggah release in a decade - "The Demon's Name is Surveillance" is probably the best song this year for me.
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IF THE MILK IS SOUR...I AINT THE KINDA PUSSY TO DRINK IT
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22.05.2012 - 21:38
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Valaskjalf on 22.05.2012 at 14:16

This album deserves better, so good! Best Meshuggah release in a decade - "The Demon's Name is Surveillance" is probably the best song this year for me.


Better? it already has 8,3 as average rating. I think that's pretty good for any album.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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22.05.2012 - 22:14
Rating: 9
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.05.2012 at 21:38

Written by Valaskjalf on 22.05.2012 at 14:16

This album deserves better, so good! Best Meshuggah release in a decade - "The Demon's Name is Surveillance" is probably the best song this year for me.


Better? it already has 8,3 as average rating. I think that's pretty good for any album.


Im talking in relation to their other releases. Its a damn-side better than "Nothing" especially.
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IF THE MILK IS SOUR...I AINT THE KINDA PUSSY TO DRINK IT
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22.05.2012 - 22:15
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Valaskjalf on 22.05.2012 at 22:14

Im talking in relation to their other releases. Its a damn-side better than "Nothing" especially.


Aaaah, the previous post wasn't very clear. Got it.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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01.06.2012 - 01:05
Rating: 10
Neiluria
A big slap in the face !!!
Masterpiece : Demiurge, Marrow
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14.06.2012 - 04:01
Rating: 9
Slyfang
Written by Uldreth on 19.04.2012 at 23:18

I just bought this album, was a pretty random purchase. Need to listen more times to be able to tell an opinion, but maaaan, Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion compels me to go about and thrash everything that comes my way.


The slowest song does that to you?

Does "The Hurt That Finds You First" have the opposite effect, or what?
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25.06.2012 - 21:08
Rating: 8
-DC-002-
Mastercommander
Great album! There are always songs that don't quite work for me on all of Meshuggahs albums and it goes to Don't look Down this time, it has just not stuck. All the other songs were either outrightly awesome or grew on me. The last half of the album I find insanely listenable.
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05.07.2012 - 08:23
Rating: 9
Socko
Awesome album! Probably the most caschy Meshuggah album. Demiurge and The Hurt That Finds You First gotta be the best off the record
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06.07.2012 - 02:33
Illog1cal
Account deleted
The production on this is brilliant, almost everything is perfectly balanced, the vocals perhaps slightly too low in the mix.

Not the most enjoyable album for me compared to their other releases, but a few songs work very well. My personal favourite being 'Behind the Sun', a slow and very well written song.
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