2013 and 1/3: The Best Albums of the 2010s (So Far)

Meshuggah: KolossMeshuggah: Koloss (Nuclear Blast, 3/27/12)

“Do Not Look Down”


As Meshuggah‘s first album since ObZen crushed listeners in 2008, Koloss contains many moments that break from or are rare within the band’s 25-year history.

Throughout the 10 tracks, the band combines its breakneck pacing and menacing atmospheres to register on a deeper, more visceral level. There are more differences in tempo and riff range — including an expanded and higher palette for the low-end melodies. On the surface, it may sound like a musical mismatch, but the shifting expressions only make it more engaging.

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