Best Meshuggah Songs

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A list of the best songs from Sweeden's masters of mind-bending, polyrhythmic progressive death metal.

The Top Ten

1 Bleed

The drumming in this song is difficult as hell.. It took the drummer four months to practice.. Genius!

I don't care what old school Meshuggah fans think. This is not only the best Meshuggah song, I believe it's the best song I've ever heard (and I've heard a lot of songs laugh out loud).

Drumming looks like damn difficult. And imitates the sound of some machine.

Definitely not the best meshuggah song

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2 Future Breed Machine

This song is intense, definitely the Meshuggah equivalent of led zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven or Sabbath's Paranoid. Might not be the best there is but definitely what introduces people to the band.

I've never been able to listen to Bleed all the way through, not because it isn't good, but because it's boring, it's the same thing over and over for 7 minutes. Future Breed Machine is everything you could hope for in a Meshuggah song, technicality, brutality, chaos, complex lyrics, and jazz fusion melodies. And this was made in 1995, 2 months before I was born, 3 years before System of a Down released their debut and a year before Tool started to get really good.

This is way better than Bleed, It's heavier, more furious and technical. Hear the intro bit and the transition with the reverbing riff, now it's time for a rampage!

I loved it since the first time I heard it, and still being my Meshuggah's favorite. THAT-GROOVE-DUDE

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3 New Millennium/Cyanide Christ

Some of the most twisted, evil lyrics I've ever heard. The hard hitting guitars and drums add to the mood, with some pretty f-ed up time signatures too.

Such a hard choice with this list. However I must take this one, the lyrics, time signatures and all round aggression of this song are outstanding. Corridor of Chameleons is really good too - PsychoSandman33

Some of the most evil and horrifying lyrics ever. The guitar is so disjointed as well. It's supposed to sound like anything but harmony.

Like a lot of meshuggah songs it had odd time signatures that when run long enough make the equivalent of 4/4.

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4 Rational Gaze

The song that introduced me to Meshuggah. GROOVY and BENDY: the song pushes you around, disorients you and the changes between the sections literally make you want to go insane.

Pummeling,... And I think he sings that he likes juice?

Yup. Groovy and introduced me to Meshuggah. From their BEST ALBUM.

Oh yes. - AdamDestructorJr.

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5 Combustion

I do meth to this song then I usually go outside and yell and small children until they cry its great

This song explodes. It makes you want to punch someone in the face.

This is one of the most adrenaline-inducing songs I've heard, it makes you want to break something, or someone.

Awesome song that I believe should be a little higher on the list.

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6 Demiurge

Demiurge is most addictive song I've ever heard. And god knows I've heard many songs before it! Just let the music taking control of your head.

The song that got me into Meshuggah. Seriously it's the most headbang worthy song in the history of Meshuggah and metal in general. You wonder if there's anything heavier, but no. There isn't.

Just nice pop music!

Honestly, this song is probably the heaviest song ever written its absolutely amazing, also one of the best headbanging songs

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7 I Am Colossus

This song is so good. The video totally reminds me of a tool music video!

...one of the most underrated Meshuggah songs. The modulated verse riff happening under the ambient solo is one of the most emotional moments in their entire catalog; you just sink into it.

Totally ingenious... Rips out the truth abouth the entity called as god

If I could describe this song in one word it would be "chunky"
just crushing

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8 Straws Pulled at Random

The second half, which is mostly instrumental, is probably the best thing Meshuggah has ever written. So heavy, yet so melodic and intensely emotional.

The riff in the second half of the song can get stuck in my head for days.

Unique song, it defies all definitions.

Best song ever. In existence.

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9 I

In my opinion, I is the best of all Meshuggah's songs. Firstly, because it is a masterpiece of techniques, secondly it seems to send you in another dimension, composed by rage and impetuous violence! Special mention to the drummer who plays in an excellent way.

Sure this one's 22 minutes, but it also perfectly encapsulates so much of Meshuggah's career, and is just plain good.

21 minutes of rage and technicality

By far my favorite Meshuggah song, it’s extremely random and varied, it has everything that makes Meshuggah who they are in the space of 21 minutes.

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10 ObZen

Personally this was one of the first songs that I heard off off the album obZen along with Lethargica I even had to get the whole album it was definitely an experience. But obZen Live off of the ophidian trek sounds a bit heavier in terms of vocals and guitar and the lyrics are say numbers about society and it's corruption. - Solthor

Killer intro! Some sick riff in the breakdown accompanied by inhuman drumming makes this song my top choice.

Brilliant song from a brilliant album. The main riff is brutal and well tamed at the same time one of my favourite songs ever by Meshuggah

This song is perfect in every way and deserves rightfully to be in the top 10 tracks,

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Corridor of Chameleons

I'm a huge Meshuggah fan, and I think this songs represents everything that's so devastatingly awesome about them. The super-thrash intro, the insanely heavy groove of the the mainoutro riff, then the pummeling weight of that break down... this song should be higher on the list.

This song deserves way more credit.

The outro riff is the catchiest, heaviest riff I've ever heard in my life.

12 Lethargica

From the heavy beginning to the interesting leads and heavy vocals this is probably one of the most distinct Meshuggah songs in my opinion, and makes me feel like I've discovered some ancient dark secret every time I listen to this song it's dark and menacing.

I agree

13 Swarm

This song is so intense you just fall into it. The drums are so awesome listening to this live was one of my best experiences and its one of my favorite meshuggah songs.

14 Clockworks

Couldn't have chosen a better opener. The video is awesome too. - AdamDestructorJr.

15 Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion

This is one of my most favorite songs by Meshuggah, great sound and intense!

Catchiest riff of theirs in my opinion. It's heavier than osmium.

16 Dancers to a Discordant System

This is a sweet song to listen too when your working out it's incredible the way he explodes I've never heard him do the death growls before this song and its easily the best next to bleed and future breed machine.

I love the way he slowly goes from growling and then explodes into an incredible scream. Also the guitar riff sends shivers down my spine.

The guitar riffs are insane and the transition from quiet growls to brutal screams always sends shivers down my spine.

Masterpiece

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17 Vanished
18 Do Not Look Down

Great song really catchy riffs seems easy but very complex like many meshuggah songs but has enough metal for a fan of heaver music to get into.

New Millenium Cyanide Christ is already quite high so I'm gonna vote for this! I love the Koloss album and this is the best song on it!

19 Sickening
20 Elastic
21 Sane

Absolutely brutal!

22 Behind the Sun
23 Soul Burn

All great elements of Meshuggah. VERY dynamic song. Technical mellow passages, awesome fills, eerie whispered vocals, heavy riffs, absolutely brutal shout vocals, amazing solo, absolutely brutal rhythmically dissonant riff in the second half. Isn't repetitive like some of their newer stuff, just absolutely amazing journey in such a short song

To me, this song has every good element in it that Meshuggah both old and new have to offer. Soul Burn has all the polyrythmic weirdness that the band are known for, but it's still metal as hell. What I'm saying is that this heavy bastard of a song is complex yet Pantera all at the same moment. This would be a great first Meshuggah song to listen to.

This should be in the top 10. The first song I heard from Meshuggah and I was hooked. The slow crushing riff, the drums that come in at a different time signsture...classic.

24 Stengah
25 The Demon's Name Is Surveillance

Pure, raw and backed by some solid helicopteresk drumming. Perfect for cranking up your energy level.

26 Inside What's Within Behind
27 The Mouth Licking What You've Bled
28 In Death - Is Death

This should be like a top 5. It showed me that this band creates species and when you listen to this masterpiece, you're gonna visualize that time NEEDS Meshuggah! Groovy, mad Bendy, Insane, futuristic, relaxing in some parts, and this is like the best song I've heard of my life. We need these Swedish artistic geniuses for life so they can make something like this again!

The riff near the beginning hit me like a bus every time. I'm talking about the one right before the repeating guitar bend transition all the way to the end of that part. Brilliant

It's a pretty long song but who cares!

The whole album is perfect! - Spineapple

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Top 5 easily

30 Electric Red

Seeing my favorite Mesh song at the bottom of this awesome list... Makes me appreciate their amazing catalog even more! After all, no fan of Meshuggah could live without the intensity of Electric Red - LostinSonics

Why this one is not on the list?
This one is definitely one of the best of Obzen!

31 Catch 33

The album is basically one giant song. - Spineapple

32 Perpetual Black Second
33 Violent Sleep of Reason

I liked this one, especially when Jens switches up the screaming. Great. - AdamDestructorJr.

34 Shed

The brilliant meshuggah-typical sound, but without the constant shouting

35 The Hurt That Finds You First

This is the musical representation of insanity.

Speedy and completely overpowering. Like all the tracks on Koloss, this one does its name justice.

It isn't bad, but this was the weirdest and honestly weakest on Koloss. - AdamDestructorJr.

36 Marrow

It's like getting your intestants pulled out of your body by a monstrous machine and being thrown into space with the speed of light at the same time.. And then there's that OUTRO GROOVE.. Holy SHIIT, it's so ridiculously groovey even Elvis Presley would dance to it if he was still alive

37 Pineal Gland Optics

This song is sick, very heavy and the outro is awesome.

38 War

Most overlooked meshuggah song... Absolutely insane!
1: Bleed
2: War
3: Future Breed Machine

Brutal, fast, aggressive.

Possibly the most underrated Meshuggah song.

Love it though.

39 Pravus

This song really sums up the more evil side of oBzen. It's also got this really menacing element to it that Meshuggah often do but never really achieve to such a stage as Pravus does. Really lives up to its name as it is such a demonic-sounding song. One of their best easily.

brutal song. Can listen to this song back to back for hours on end. Hard, thumps and grooves.

40 Gods of Rapture
41 Ritual

You will forget that metallica exists.

42 Sum

Epic epic epic epic

43 Spasm

This song is flawless! Definitely my favorite song of theirs - THEPAINTRAIN

44 Pitch Black
45 This Spiteful Snake

Whoah this song deserves way higher the slow chugging or palm muting in this song definitely sets it apart in terms of rhythm and melody and is very unique in terms of its instrumentation and time signature. And yeah it's definitely different in terms of how it's displayed and he lyrics of course are always a masterpiece when it comes to meshuggah. - Solthor

46 Neurotica
47 Monstrocity

This will be a top 5 meshuggah song before all is said and done.

48 Humiliative
49 The Exquisite Machinery of Torture
50 By the Ton
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