Meshuggah – The Metallica of Present Time
When knowledgeable people begin to talk about progressive/tech-metal, Meshuggah is always one of the first bands to be spoken of. Meshuggah unequivocally needs no introduction. Spanning their 22 year career, inventors of “djent”, inspiration of almost every djent metal band out there, this Swedish band is doing something more diverse, making all these wannabe Meshuggah bands obsolete.
Djent (silly word for “sounds like Meshuggah”) is one of the most dominant sounds in metal today (at least for me :P), and it’s a sound Meshuggah pretty much created. After releasing ObZen in 2008, they have been quite low whistle. Now they have returned to their rightful throne with 10 new tracks in their latest studio album titled “Koloss”, blended with poly-metric jazz fusion and death metal aggression. If you love djent sound and if your veins were animated when you listened to “ObZen”, it is so impossible NOT to listen Koloss.
A little more than a month ago Meshuggah were happy enough to release the tracks “Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion” and “Don’t Look Down” to the world as a sneak peek preview of what Koloss is gonna be like. These two tracks with nerve thrashing riffs and with Tomas Haake’s lyrics over it is the perfect combination for the fans and enough to build fury and hunger for the full length album release. The album opens with “I am Colossus”, sheer anxiety, exhausted, but unstoppable. “The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance” and “The Hurt That Finds You First” are the fast ones, absolutely vicious. And then come the gems of Koloss – “Marrow” and “Demiurge”. When I heard them, I was like, yeah this is it. This is Messuggah. This is some serious shit. This is heaven. This is kick-my-ass-every-damn-time-I-hear-them. 😀
I don’t know if Koloss is the “best” album Meshuggah has ever made, but it’s by far the damn craziest, and is surely an early contender for the best album of 2012. A kid today, hear the songs “Morrow” or “Demiurge” or “Do Not Look Down” or “Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion” and might think, “ohh, this sounds like ..[a djenty band].,” but someday day he will realise this is a trillion times better, especially after they’ve had the album stuck in their head for weeks.
“Koloss” was one of my most anticipated albums of 2012, and after digging through every nook and cranny I could find, I was absolutely justified in feeling that way. In short, Koloss is everything it needs to be — a treat for fans like me and a bible for the bands just getting into the genre. Okay now enough said, Meshuggah lovers will seek out for Koloss, and to those who don’t, the “Koloss” will come seeking..