Meshuggah
Koloss


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dil Samara USER (2 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2012 | 25 replies | 3,736 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Head-/earphone users, rejoice!

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Spanning their 20-something year career, the Swedish tech-metal geniuses, Meshuggah, have gained a somewhat infamous reputation for producing what is esentially the same album over and over. This has been especially so since the release of Chaosphere, their third studio effort. For those who dislike or were not moved by Meshuggah’s previous efforts, do not expect to be won over by their seventh studio album, Koloss. It is the same mechanical beast that listeners have come to expect, yet it differs completely from what Meshuggah have established over the years.

2008’s obZen was dabbed with elements that hark back to Meshuggah’s early, thrash-influenced works – ultimately making it more of an amalgamation of their progress. With Koloss, the band has once more made an allusive step, but this time in regards to production. With the so-called ‘djent’ style taking Metal by storm with its overproduced and, at times, grating sound, what better way for Meshuggah (dubbed the pioneers of this sound) to set themselves apart from the countless clones. With intricate tweaks to its production, Koloss is ultimately a superior album to its predecessors from a replayability standpoint. The end result is an organic sounding record that is more akin to 2002’s Nothing, albeit with greater attention to detail and polish. Furthermore, Koloss does not feel as burdensome in the longrun for listeners as Catch Thirtythree, obZen, and even 2006’s overproduced re-release of Nothing did with their immense, oft-grating weight.

While it does not really progress their polyrhythmically-tinged sound any further and feels somewhat safe, Koloss’ much needed change in production is extremely welcome. It ultimately feels like a breath of fresh air when looking back at Meshuggah’s prior releases and will stand as one of their best.


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    GeorgeWheeler (4)
    Meshuggah have taken a different approach with Koloss. For better or worse is subjective, ...

  • CharlyDeranged (2.5)
    Not great, not bad either. Did these Swedish folks feel it was perhaps time for an unwante...

    Alex Beebe (3.5)
    A return with nothing ground-breaking for their sound, but a return that reminds you of wh...

    kwitel (3)
    Left wanting more......

    froghawk (3.5)
    A lack of new ideas make this album feel like another step sideways, but a more concise an...

  • Jake C. Taylor (4)
    Heavier than the Colosseum itself....

    Philalethes (4.5)
    Hey Djent kids, listen up. Your metal teachers Meshuggah are back, and class is in sessio...

    Kj (4)
    Meshuggah say adios to the trendy djent posers and leave them in the dust....

    Adam Thomas STAFF (4)
    The gears keep turning in a well oiled machine....


Comments:Add a Comment 
synysterdjs
March 23rd 2012



101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review (derp). Any constructive criticism is welcome.

YouGotLucky
March 23rd 2012



946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album is trash

synysterdjs
March 23rd 2012



101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To each his own. :P

JWT155
March 23rd 2012



9220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

False, album slays.

MO
March 23rd 2012



18526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review

korman643
March 23rd 2012



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review

Dimor
March 23rd 2012



1758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ffs Baseline.
Rating: 1

synysterdjs
March 23rd 2012



101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Baseline: Not sure if trolling based on Dimor's comment, but thanks. :P

Thanks all for the positive feedback!

eleventhsun
March 23rd 2012



1475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good tagline. Just got around to playing this through the phones, second song is crushing. I'm sure the whole bus got to hear this record today.

KjSwantko
March 23rd 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Koloss is ultimately a superior album to its predecessors from a replayability standpoint. "

Couldn't disagree more. I listened to the album probably 15 times in 2 days to write my review and I'm already getting bored with it. Albums like Nothing have endless playability

Tyrannic
March 23rd 2012



3261 Comments


there's no way that you're bored already


i dont believe you; how many times have you spun it through?

KjSwantko
March 23rd 2012



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Literally probably 15x; I spun it for 2 entire days. I wanted to make sure I soaked it all in before reviewing.

Tyrannic
March 23rd 2012



3261 Comments


i'm probably not even at 5-6 spins yet, but each time it's still the train to "weird shower dancing" town

BassDemon333
March 23rd 2012



3366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This review rules. I for one though thought the re-release of Nothing ruled, especially how the new guitar tone made everything sound even more massive.

Digging: Mudvayne - L.D. 50

synysterdjs
March 24th 2012



101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kj, I should have specified that it's superior to Catch and obZen. Those two fucking butchered my ears as time passed. Nothing (original) is still my fave.

Thanks Bass. I agree that the guitars were awesome, but they messed around with everything else too much. The vox and drumming on the original were awesome. They should've just re-recorded those as well.

BassDemon333
March 24th 2012



3366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought the vocals were fine, but the drums were low in the mix on the re-release which is the main issue a lot of people have with it

synysterdjs
March 24th 2012



101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably just me with the vocals then. Yes, that's exactly how I felt about the drums on the re-release. Hope they never, ever go back to laptop drums.

Relinquished
March 24th 2012



24931 Comments


they never will.

this is probably it for them.

MO
March 24th 2012



18526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can see that unfortunately

Jethro42
March 24th 2012



12402 Comments


Why this could be the end?



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