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That music exists as an expression of the inner mortal psyche is one of life’s more practical theorems. One’s musical output can turn into an infinitely captivating adventure when creation is placed in the hands of a singular breed of enigmatic perfectionists. In the form of an equation:

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B006ZCWTG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Am Kolossus
2. The Demon s Name Is Surveillance
3. Do Not Look Down
4. Behind The Sun
5. The Hurt That Finds You First
6. Marrow
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
8. Swarm
9. Demiurge
10. The Last Vigil
Disc: 2
1. Bonus DVD

Editorial Reviews

The 3-D artwork for MESHUGGAH s eighth studio album, KOLOSS, is named Gateman and was created by who spent nine months developing the piece.

The artwork, states MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake, speaks for itself.

The North American deluxe digi-pak version of KOLOSS will include a bonus DVD

Customer Reviews

I was stuck on the first three tracks because they were so good I just kept listening to them.
In addition to its usual abundance of huge, lumbering riffs, it features plenty of interesting, slapped bass fills, and a propulsive, viscerally grumbling bass groove.
A. Stutheit
For me, the sign of good musicians and ones that make it art are ones that continue to allow their craft to evolve.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brandon on March 29, 2012
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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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nuggeth on March 27, 2012
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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 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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Camp on February 2, 2014
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There's a reason why Meshuggah is part of the curriculum at Berklee College of Music. There's a reason why they're the topic of published articles in music theory journals. And there's a reason why their influence has permeated through hundreds of bands who continually try to emulate their style. Meshuggah aren't just a fantastic band, they're a band that has simultaneously pioneered and mastered an entirely unique approach to rhythm and heavy music. They've been releasing consistently excellent and innovative material since 1995, and Koloss is yet another superb addition to their truly impressive discography.

This is definitely a comfortable and confident release from the band. At this point, they are well aware of the impact they have made on the metal community and rather than push their sound in any new direction, they have elected to deliver an album which essentially celebrates the sound that they invented. All of the beloved qualities of the band are here in full force - the thunderous, shuddering 8-string guitar tones, the dizzyingly complex and mechanical drums, the oddly-cycling riffs that seem to lack beginnings or ends, and of course the supremely nuanced and unbelievably groovy rhythms. Koloss is definitely an ode to the trademark Meshuggah groove and is yet another convincing argument for their rhythmic prowess and virtuosity. But what's always been most impressive to me about the band isn't their virtuosity. Their music definitely does succeed on an intellectual level with the all of the polyrhythms and odd, off-time riff cycling. The true success of the band though is their ability to turn all of that complexity into something visceral that can be enjoyed regardless of your understanding of what's going on under the hood.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melyssa on March 28, 2012
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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"
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