Koloss - Meshuggah
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  • Record Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Scandinavian Metal
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Mar 26, 2012
    Koloss is truly phenomenal. [Apr 2012, p.100]
  2. Mar 26, 2012
    This unpredictability -the 25-year-old band's trademark attraction--is what keeps them at the forefront of metal's vanguard, and what makes Koloss, for all its "normalcy" (joke quotes intended), the first real contender for the genre's album of the year.
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    The good news is, it's another predictably fantastic Meshuggah album. The bad news is, it's another predictably fantastic Meshuggah album.
  4. Mar 26, 2012
    By making precise tweaks and adjustments to their sound by approaching Koloss with a new attitude, all the while holding fast to their core strengths, Meshuggah have given us the first truly engaging metal album of 2012.
  5. Mar 29, 2012
    Meshuggah have easily proven to listeners time and time again that they know their way around their instruments better than most, so even though Koloss isn't the band's most daring or experimental work to date, it's definitely worth any metal fan's time.
  6. Mar 27, 2012
    Although their sound has been copied Ad infinitum, with Koloss, Meshuggah prove that they still do it best.
  7. Mar 26, 2012
    The trouble is, not much sets this new album apart from their career benchmarks, like 2002's Nothing or 1998's Chaosphere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Mar 27, 2012
    After the first listen I was not able to wrap my head around Koloss. It is so massive and organic, yet thoroughly precise through all it's convulsions and dark twists. It took a few listens before the songs grew on me. I hoped for a "Nothing pt. 2" album, and I must say, my expectations were by far exceeded. They have revisited some of their previous moods, such as having intros and outros, but still managing to keep things fresh and intense.Some of the songs becomes quite monotonous at times. But that still fits the big picture, the overall feeling of this album. As an ever growing, ever changing entity, Meshuggah yet again shows us that no bands out there can ever match their colossal, ogranic groove. It is fantastic to hear that great music still can be made with well positioned mics, hard work and pure talent. 10 out of 10. Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2014
    Meshuggah were my first true extreme metal experience and i will hold them until my day of death. Koloss to me was a mind melting album combining brutal djent riffs, blast beats and growls from Hell. However, after the 4th track, the album sounds quite repetitive and monotonous, unlike ObZen. Despite this, it is a cracking album with a rating of 9. Expand
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    My first few listens didn't make how I felt about it clear. It was not an instant hit with me. But, I am glad to say that after multiple times through the album it's really starting to grow on me. Some tracks are a bit monotonous, including the introductory track (which is a shame). But most of the tracks are top notch. There is a lot more variation in style this time around, including intro's to a lot of songs, which is unusual for Meshuggah, but I dig it. I give it a solid 9 out of ten. Expand