Koloss - Meshuggah
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12

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  1. Mar 27, 2012
    9
    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, includingMy 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
  2. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    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 andAfter 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
  3. Jan 4, 2015
    6
    This album has some great tracks on it like Deimurge, break those bones and do not look down, and the songs are very diverse from one another. However some tracks just aren't that great like swarm and I am Kolossos (apart from the second half of it is pretty cool). The last song is alright for what it does but feels pretty plain either way for even a quite ambient song. Vocals are good andThis album has some great tracks on it like Deimurge, break those bones and do not look down, and the songs are very diverse from one another. However some tracks just aren't that great like swarm and I am Kolossos (apart from the second half of it is pretty cool). The last song is alright for what it does but feels pretty plain either way for even a quite ambient song. Vocals are good and some very nice runs on guitar, along with typically great polygrythmic drumming. A good album but i think it lacks the power that obZen had. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2014
    9
    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.
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 18, 2012
    80
    They're wise enough to leave breathing space, such as the final minute of "The Hurt That Finds You First," which codas into a swishing corridor of guitar licks, or "The Last vigil," which brings the album wordlessly to rest on a pall of interleaved, echoing guitar chimes. [Mar 2012, p.56]
  2. Apr 2, 2012
    60
    Leaving no room for nuance,it's a relentlessly dark wall of sonic aggression. [Apr 2012, p.101]
  3. Apr 2, 2012
    80
    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.