Meshuggah
Koloss


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (90 Reviews)
March 26th, 2012 | 38 replies | 4,172 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavier than the Colosseum itself.

12 of 12 thought this review was well written

Ask any of the bands out there trying to emulate the inimitable elements of Meshuggah’s music. They’d be recalling crude conceptualism, fundamentals they’d probably call them: polyrhythm (actually polymetre), the generalist notions of complexity and technicality – yet none of these groups come even close to generating anything Meshuggah have, or seem to be able to summon. Why? Now, with Koloss, those kids are going to be scratching their heads thinking “now what the *** do we do?” Indeed, the album is a head scratcher because it’s immense, yet amazingly organic in tenor thanks to a massive production aesthetic and relatively uncomplicated musical design. Less becomes more. And all the while we still can hear a band whose concepts of rhythm are the best in the metal world, even though when stripped down, their simplicities roam about in unpredictable husks.

So it sounds like business as usual, and rightly, it is. Yet it’s with a certain degree of energy that’s hard to contest, even to the extent that obZen did four years ago. It’s beyond this reviewer how a band manages to re-evaluate predominantly the same modus operandi over and over with pleasing outcomes nearly every time. It’s certainly not the heaviest of all metals, yet it’s probably become one of the most homogenous, given the stellar performances of each member, particularly Jens Kidman who sounds as commanding as ever, whether distorted or not. Together their energy is unswerving, save for the closing track, “The Last Vigil” which further reinforces the shell shock after-effects you’re feeling following 50 minutes of distressed ear drums. On its own, the track could be argued as being conclusive stuffing; within context, it’s the calming, polite and minimal way to wrap up, just as “Sum” did in closing Catch Thirtythree. And of course, there are true standouts: “Behind the Sun” with plodding Nothing-esque pace; “Marrow”, “Combustion’s” new weightier cousin; and “Demiurge” the summation, the final reach of destruction. Many of them end with two or three wholesome seconds of the room coming to grips with what just occurred in it, something which we seldom hear in their overtly processed mechanisms in previous work. This room tone, subtle as it is, lines the core of the album, helping it breathe and clench.

It all boils down to the result of a band playing together, in harmony, with the aim of playing simplified pieces, honed and perfected to emphasize the critical elements that make their music revolve in the first place. From the simple grooves in “Swarm” or “Do Not Look Down”, to the drawn out hyper-measures of tracks like “The Hurt that Finds You First” – it’s all here. Indeed not everything they touch turns to gold, it just topples instead.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
taylormemer
March 25th 2012



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't want to read anyone's review (to avoid clouding my own judgement) before I posted mine, so hopefully we aren't all sounding the same. Although I highly doubt that this is the case.

Gyromania
March 25th 2012



15192 Comments


REALLY good review, Jake.

Anthracks
March 25th 2012



3668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i am koloss

Relinquished
March 25th 2012



24404 Comments


flag this somebody for the love of odin

great review taylor this is approved by this site's #1 meshuggah fan

RodTFD
March 25th 2012



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A sound track that sharks can swim to no matter what mood they may be in...This Koloss is pulverizing.

MMX
March 25th 2012



4780 Comments


Like this really needed another 4 review

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iambandersnatch
March 25th 2012



1464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Surprised this doesn't have a negative review yet considering some people hate Meshuggah.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2012



30865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great work as always Jake

it’s the, calming, polite and minimal way to wrap up,


Comma after "the" can go

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MO
March 26th 2012



18217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review man. Album is all sorts of delicious

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synysterdjs
March 26th 2012



101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd for awesomeness. Amazing review, dude.

TooLateToGoBack
March 26th 2012



1749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd.

Great review.

Tyrannic
March 26th 2012



3261 Comments


i almost wish someone would at least write a well-written negative review. these have all been solid, great work

Smalleyalley
March 26th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review!!!

paxman
March 26th 2012



4084 Comments


Seriously my favorite reviewer on the site. Your flow is impeccable.

Edit: whoever negged this is an illiterate fool and deserves to be hanged.

synysterdjs
March 26th 2012



101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agree with paxman on the hanging part. :P

qwe3
March 26th 2012



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is actually a lot better than some of their other stuff

qwe3
March 26th 2012



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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surjoysufi
March 26th 2012



73 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

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DoctorNurse
March 26th 2012



475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I love how in every interview before this came out the band talked about wanting the album to sound more organic.

I have yet to a see a review anywhere that does not use that word. Maybe every reviewer feels it is an 'organic' album, but I suspect most people have thrown that word in because the band stated they think it is.

Funeralopolis
March 26th 2012



10999 Comments


pretty good review pos

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