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  • Vinyl (26 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B006ZCWTFG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

In terms of complex, convoluted and mathematically-precise metal, Sweden's Meshuggah have been a domineering presence for some 25 years, keeping company with the likes of Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan in terms of consistency and influence. They’ve brow-beaten us with unstoppable chromatic riffing, surging jazz-like undercurrents and Jens Kidman’s belligerent monotony-as-a-weapon gargle throughout, representing a vexatious anomaly who’ve received gushing critical praise while wider acceptance only came as they began to grey around the temples.

Seventh album Koloss, then, comes at a somewhat curious time. Not only was its predecessor – 2008’s obZen – a commercial as well as critical success, but the band have found themselves a near-constant point of reference for those waving the flag for the foolishly-monikered (if onomatopoeically-correct) genre known as ‘djent’. This, for the uninitiated, is a uniquely metallic equation that’s equal parts guitar tone, metronomic regularity and ever-spiralling levels of technical virtuosity that boasts a handful of truly trailblazing acts (see, for example, Animals As Leaders) while infinitely more bedroom-bound wannabes content themselves with trying to out-chug the Swedes' third LP, Chaosphere.

Whether a reaction to their status as tech-metal posterboys or just another evolutionary shift, Koloss is perhaps Meshuggah’s most straightforward release to date. This, thankfully, doesn’t mean it’s remotely digestible or that the band’s impeccable musicianship has somehow gone to seed. Instead it’s as if the industrially-forged menace has simply become a little more human: similar to the upgrade, shall we say, from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s piston-driven killing machine to the sleek‘n’shiny organic gloop of Robert Patrick’s jug-eared T-1000.

With the syncopations slightly smoother at the edges and a tad more room to manoeuvre, Meshuggah have forged an altered landscape that’s still pockmarked by relentless pneumatic thumps and often shaken by undulating rhythmic tricks, yet it’s capable of belching up immense and irrepressible grooves. As it progresses, the album accommodates the sludgy, slugabed crawl of Behind the Sun and spacious grumble of Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion while allowing for the bamboozling clatter and off-the-chart soloing of Swarm. It assures us all that Meshuggah can still bury their copyists while leading the way when it comes to intelligent, thoughtful and undeniably brutal heavy metal.

--Alex Deller

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Format: Audio CD
Koloss has an otherworldly bleakness about it, like a deserted planet, with ragged mountain ranges that stretch as far as the eye can see, endless terrains of black brown rock and dust storms that turn the sun to a hovering, ghostly coin. Some people seem to view this feeling of bleakness as a 'boring' element that runs through the album, but I love that. I like the minimalism, the feeling of emptiness; it creates a sensation of space within and around the songs. Demiurge is a good example of this, with its eerie, ambient soundscapes (it grows into something quite sinister for me, cold and chilling towards the climax, which of course I adore) and the multi-layered, slow burning beauty of Behind The Sun. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion sounds barren and dry until it floods into colour at 3:48 with those long, disquieting tunnels of guitar sound that seem to take us slowly, creeping into points of space. The Last Vigil takes this feeling of space into another dimension, an ethereal, haunting place full of forbidden geometry and strange, bleeding light.

Koloss is intricate, dense and heavy. I love the drumming patterns on Marrow and Swarm and the way the twin guitar riffs slide away from each other like magnets on Marrow. The way the guitar notes on The Demon's Name Is Surveillance build and bend into something high, wild and intense, penetrating and peering into your mind like snaking, living cameras, and how Do Not Look Down seems to flow into a completely different song at exactly the 3:00 minute mark.
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This is MESHUGGAHS latest album released in 2012/13. Alot of fans say it is there most listenable album and i agree, there is a melody to the heaviness, its deep deep down and a very heavy melody BUT a melody all the same. Track 9, DEMIURGE is one of my favourite MESHUGGAH songs EVER!. This cd cost me about £5 and it was worth every penny. So even if your not a big MESHUGGAH fan you will love this.
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Koloss is the next album from Meshuggah and personally i would say that while it is a good album it is not as good as their previous work. While i would say that i am a big Meshuggah fan i was slightly dis-appointed by this release as it didn't really offer anything new or any musical experimentation. It is heavy, probably their heaviest offering yet and if this had been released by any other band doing similar stuff i would be raving over it but I have come to expect more from these guys. Definately worth checking out and if you can get it cheaper then grab a bargain. Also the 'big case' with extra stuff is not worth the price, nothing of any special note on it.
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This album absolutely blew me away, thought provoking lyrics, amazing riffs,amazing drums, and great vocals! What more can i say! If you're a fan of Meshuggah this is more of the same only done better (In my opinion) From start to finish every track kept me hooked and stood out in their own way. Definitely one of my favourites of 2012.
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At first I thought that this wasn't the kind of album that would work well on vinyl. I thought it would be too heavy... But I was wrong. What is great about the having this album on vinyl is the sinister artwork with which many comparisons can be drawn with the music itself. Its technical, beautiful, innovative, provocative!

This band surprises me every time they bring out a new album and with Koloss, they do not disappoint. Its even more technical than previous albums and a lot more subtle. The co-ordination in songs such as "Do Not Look Down" and "The Demons Name is Surveillance" are mind blowing. Meshuggah continue to move the Holy Grail out of reach of those who seek to obtain it, which is only right of the band that invented the sound some would call "Djent".

However I think that the first single from Koloss; "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion" just dragged on for a little too long. Its a good song and is a great contrast in tempo to the rest of the album being much slower. Also rhythmically the song not as complicated as the rest of the album giving some listeners a much needed break form the onslaught of Tomas Haake's genius. But with little noticeable change throughout the song, it doesn't justify being nearly 7 minutes long.

"The Last Vigil" brings the album to close with an eerie but peaceful instrumental guitar duo. Marten Hagstrom and Fredrik Thordendal ease the listener back into real space time which they had been forced to vacate at the opening riff of "I Am Colossus"

All in all Koloss is another incredible album form an Incredible band. Meshuggah have outdone themselves once again. Definitely worthy of 5 stars.
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Masters of the extreme. a better offering than Obzen, with the inclusion of some "groovey" riffs and drum patterns... can i hear a cowbell? always good in my book. i've listened to these guys for years (since destroy, erase, improve... for me their opus) believe me, these guys also deliver live, case in point, Manchester Academy 17th april 2012. this cd has not been far from my side, either in the car or at home. I always can't wait for their offerings and this has sealed the deal for me. THE BEST BAND ON THE PLANET OR ANY OTHER FOR THAT MATTER.
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