Meshuggah
Koloss


4.0
excellent

Review

by KJ Swantko USER (33 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2012 | 85 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meshuggah say adios to the trendy djent posers and leave them in the dust.

“Djent” has taken the metal world by storm in recent years which has subsequently spawned countless Meshuggah knockoffs and wannabes, but unfortunately for such groups Meshuggah keep getting angrier and more diverse, making these bands all but obsolete. With their latest release, Meshuggah take elements from all their previous records to form a monstrous album that reaffirms why they’re the premier act of the genre. Koloss sounds like the soundtrack to some cinematic mutated beast rising out of a dark swamp to devour the flesh of children.

Koloss has the groovy-ness of albums like Nothing and the dynamic songwriting abilities found on Destroy Erase Improve. Notable riffs, melodies, and hooks are all aplenty on top of the group’s trademark style of polymeter, off-beats, purposely strange Jazz leads, and unpredictable song structures. My friends, if there is one thing to appreciate about Meshuggah, it is that they refuse to sellout, and creating top-notch music seems to be embedded in their genes. In short, Koloss goes far beyond the Obzen album that left some people feeling like the songs melted together and lacked individuality. Each song here has a unique flavor that sticks out from the others, which is always a positive and key characteristic of a class album.

The sound production is quite different from anything in the past too; the drums are slightly more compressed and the overall sound doesn’t quite achieve the thick, grandiose atmosphere found on earlier records. On paper this appears to be a regression to a weaker and thinner sound, but the final product is stellar and appropriately sounds like an album released in 2012. Fredrik and Mårten’s guitar tones continue to be razor-sharp (similar to that on Obzen) as they hammer-out crushing rhythms and riffs on their 8-strings as if the damn world is going to end. Another observation is that the duo venture off the low string more often. As for Jens, I give him an “A” because he is still destroying vocally which needs no further explanation.

I’ll briefly mention a few parts that especially stood out; the eerie bridge section in “I Am Colossus” that effectively creates a doomy, suspenseful mood which makes the track even greater. “The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance” features drummer Tomas Haake showing off his endurance as he double-basses for literally the entire 4:40 of the song. “Behind The Sun” is slow, ultra heavy, sounds-like-we’re-at-the-bottom-of-an-ocean type track reminiscent of “Nebulous” from the Nothing album. “Swarm” has a guitar section that sounds like a swarming flock of flying creatures that would go well with Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds. Lastly, after an auditory assault for the first 50 minutes, “The Last Vigil” concludes the album with a serene piece of echoing guitar notes that’s vastly different from everything else.

Plain and simple, if you’re a girly-man then you won’t like Koloss; but if you’re someone who likes the idea of a record tearing out your soul, stomping all over it and pissing on it with no remorse, then this is a record for you. We don’t know how many more studio albums we may or may not get from Meshuggah, but should Koloss be their final effort, we can say they ended their legendary career with a successful album that may one day be considered quintessential to their discography.

Final verdict: a solid 4

Recommended Tracks:
  • -“Demiurge”
  • -“Behind The Sun”
  • -“Do Not Look Down”




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KjSwantko
March 23rd 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So it's now March 23rd, the Euro release date. This should be Sputnik legal now. Changed a few things from the first time this was up a few days ago too.

Solid album

ILJ
March 23rd 2012


6709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review.

I thought my ears were gonna bleed when I finished listening to this.

BassDemon333
March 23rd 2012


3399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is ridiculously good

Digging: Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

Ignimbrite
March 23rd 2012


5384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the only nagging issue I have with this review is the fact that Do Not Look Down is one of your top 3 tracks. I mean, wtf when there are songs like Swarm on here. wtf

but good review

Digging: Jakob - Sines

BassDemon333
March 23rd 2012


3399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Do Not Look Down is overshadowed by some of the other tracks on here but god that riff in it grooves so hard

KjSwantko
March 23rd 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That's all opinion brother, I love the grooves in Do Not Look Down.

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos




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Ignimbrite
March 23rd 2012


5384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I know it's all opinion, but your other two top tracks are spot on and then your third is my 9th or 10th favorite

KjSwantko
March 23rd 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Capt you're the best m/

@Ig, yeah I can see why you'd say that and to some extent I can agree. But still, those grooves! So catchy.

bloc
March 23rd 2012


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I would say Meshuggah is more thall than djent.

Tyrannic
March 23rd 2012


3262 Comments


Fuck, I wanted to review this. Either way, this was superb. Well deserved pos. Edit: well that line about the vocals is a bit of a
cop out, drop a line about his range or dynamicysm. Rest was great.

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks kj, you too bro m/


@Tyr - you still should bro, I've been waiting to see something from you

Tyrannic
March 23rd 2012


3262 Comments


Meh, I'd prefer to save Sputnik one jizzfest in the shitstorm of reviews probably coming for this, might as well avoid being a
tool and whatnot. It's still in editing and covers a lot of these points anyway so it's no big deal.

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool I understand what you mean bro but you should still review something bro, I'll give you Abramelin if you want.

Tyrannic
March 23rd 2012


3262 Comments


Never heard of it, but I have other ideas in the pipes. I'm not even close to done here yet. Just been busy makin' paper.

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sounds good bro well I'll be lookin out for ya

KjSwantko
March 23rd 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Either way, this was superb. Well deserved pos. Edit: well that line about the vocals is a bit of a cop out"

...I thought the same thing too and was going to elaborate more, but then chose not to to keep the review short and concise so people would actually read it. lol. Glad you liked it though, Tyr.

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bro you did a really good job on this review, it was really easy to read

KjSwantko
March 23rd 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man, hopefully this doesn't get deleted again since the release date still says the 27th on Sputnik.

AsoTamaki
March 23rd 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ha, your recommended tracks are exactly the list of tracks that I think are amazing. Same order too. The other stuff is either just average or has a cool section and then turns into crap or simply gets boring.

Pretty good review. Pos.



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