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Koloss [Import]

Meshuggah Audio CD

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2012 release, the seventh album from the Extreme Metal band from Ume†, Sweden, Tomas Haake states, "As always, we try to take our music in a slightly different direction with each album and with Koloss, we feel that we really nailed what we were going for. Organic brutality, viscera and groove all crammed into a 54-minute metalicious treat, best avoided by the faint of heart!!" You have been warned!

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW March 27 2012
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Meshuggah's new album, Koloss, stands up to any of their other work. It should assure their fans that the band has no lack of creativity within the genre they've created, showing that a group can progress within their own sound without necessarily breaking new ground. Bottom line is, if you've liked the last few Meshuggah albums, you'll have no trouble getting into this one. Here's how each track breaks down.

I Am Colossus begins like ObZen continued, sounding slow, stark, and brooding. A couple minutes in, you can hear why drummer Tomas Haake has said they wanted a more organic sound, because it starts to sound like they're all playing together. The drums sound live and the guitars warmer than on ObZen.

The Demon's Name is Surveillance continues the more organic vibe, sounding almost like Contradictions Collapse, not in style, but in the recording itself; it's less refined, more raw. The style is more like Chaosphere, with a heavy, heavy groove and old-school tech solos.

Do Not Look Down--Like the Nothing album, it has a bouncy groove. Jens Kidman is not screaming as much as on ObZen; you can hear more voice in the vocals. This one has a nice solo that sounds a bit like something from Destroy Erase Improve.

Behind the Sun offers more of that slow, menacing crawl of some ObZen tracks, monstrous drumming, and gradually moves into some absolutely massive grooves.

The Hurt That Finds You First is fast, almost thrashy, but more like the fast parts of the "I" EP than their first couple albums (but with maybe a trace of Contradictions Collapse in the guitars); it's definitely different from anything on ObZen, Catch Thirtythree, or Nothing, ending with some clean guitar that reminds me of Destroy Erase Improve again. Pretty amazing track.

Marrow features stop-and-start, spastic riffing, and more brilliant soloing. Robb Flynn once described Meshuggah's music as the soundtrack to an epileptic seizure. It was because of songs like Marrow.

Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave it Motion--Aside from that catchy title, it sounds like a Nothing/ObZen hybrid of slow, heavy groove. A worthy, if somewhat standard, Meshuggah track with more trippy, eerie guitar work like Destroy Erase Improve. Sounds good.

Swarm--Parts of this remind of "I" again, with an eclectic, almost improvisational vibe in some sections (around 3 minutes in). This is Meshuggah showing off. It's one of those songs that I'm blown away by, as it's completely over my head on a musical level.

Demiurge--Another ObZen/Nothing cross with monster grooves, with a touch of spacey guitar parts. The riffs on this one crush.

The Last Vigil--Instrumental "outro" that's like that long middle section of In Death--Is Death from Catch Thirtythree.

I'm sure I'll be listening to Koloss over and over in the next few months. It has enough variety, technicality, and amazing musicianship to find something different in each song every time I hear it. Excellent job by one of the best bands in metal.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hardly ever review items, but this deserved it. March 29 2012
By Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
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Without speaking in the typical metal hyperbole that saturates many reviews all I can say is that Meshuggah bridged that gap for me that laid between Chaosphere and the NOTHING albums. The band combines all the things they do well from previous recordings and produced an album that is awesome from beginning to end. The speed and polyrythms that have become their trademark are melded so well with the churning and bobbing chug that they pummled listeners with on Nothing. Meshuggah is still better than all the rest, they have no peers in my opinion. Fantastic album.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big, mean, atmospheric and BROODING! March 27 2012
By Nuggeth - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always had a love/hate relationship when it comes to Meshuggah. Some of the albums/songs I love and others, well, I hate. For example, I love Obzen, could listen to it daily, but I can't stand Catch Thirty Three...you catch my drift. That being said, I LOVE KOLOSS. In fact, I love each and every track on Koloss. From the very beginning 'I am colossus' slaps you in the face with the low, groovy, bone-crushing riffage that Meshuggah are known for. To date, this is my favorite Meshuggah album and Koloss is quickly becoming one of my favorite metal albums of all time. If you are a fan of Meshuggah, or if you have liked a few tunes here and there, give this album a spin, it will rip your face off.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars explaining polyrhythms to loved ones since 1991 March 28 2012
By Melyssa - Published on Amazon.com
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the slow groove in the koloss song "demiurge" has GOT TO BE THE HEAVIEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD.
plus theres some GREAT D.E.I. style pretty guitar passages throughout
other favorites:

Behind The Sun
Do Not Look Down
The Last Vigil
The Demon's Name is Surveillance

PS- the first record "contradictions collapse" was the only one besides koloss i didnt own until 2 days ago,
now i listen to it alot. its a great old school thrash record but much more technical,
kind of like a smarter and much more musically diverse "and justice for all"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good album Jan. 6 2013
By Chancey - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy this album. However, after being listening to early albums its hard to rate this one. Tracks that stand out are Behind the Sun, and Break those bones. I can not quite make it through the album without skipping a few tracks. So while being good it is not great. I favor ObZen over this one. ObZen in my mind, is a hard album to follow.

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