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Koloss

Meshuggah

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A leading extreme metal group, Meshuggah shakes off its imitators to focus on doing what it does best. Which is finding the groove in the craziest of situations, turning out compositions that challenge even the most rehearsed players, and doing so with a conviction that never lets up. Punched-in-the-gut vocalist Jens Kidman growls with full-on dementia throughout, keeping casual observers away from the group and confirming its heaviness for its base. "I Am Colossus" strips the attack to its most elemental, avoiding the earlier whiplash tempo changes for a forward thrust that can't be penetrated. "The Demon's Name Is Surveillance" confirms this approach, with a grounded push that doesn't waste time with fancy niceties. Meshuggah makes fewer explorations here into what would be considered "prog metal," instead insisting on proving its superior abilities with tight performances that do more with less. Even the guitars solos strewn about are marked by a concision that makes each note matter. This is powerful stuff.

Customer Reviews

Phenomenal.

Absolutely amazing. Definitely worth the four year wait.

Awesome CD

Yet when it downloaded to my iPad, it separated "Break These Bones..." into a different album :/ other than that, this is a KOLOSSal Groove-A-Tron, grooving into oblivion, and taking every listener with it.

Not just music, a challenge and an experience.

For the band that is solely responsible for an entire genre of music, they are clearly light years ahead of their bandwagoners. Kollos is a focused beam of brutal disjointed dissonance and as always, Meshuggah displays that music can transcend itself in the right hands.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Umeå, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Offering a complex form of metal that combined the sweeping adventurism of math rock, the oddball tempos of experimental jazz, and the stunning brutality of thrash metal, Meshuggah raised the bar for metal bands everywhere upon their debut. The roots of Swedish metal band Meshuggah were planted in 1985; originally named Metallien, the founding lineup included frontman Roger Olofsson, guitarists Peder Gustafsson and Fredrik Thordendal, bassist Janne Wiklund, and drummer Örjan Lundmark. After a few...
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