Best Meshuggah Songs

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.

This song is the definition of metal

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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.

Introduced me to Meshuggah, best song to head bang like crazy.

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5 I Am Colossus

This song is so good. The video totally reminds me of a tool music video! 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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6 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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7 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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8 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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9 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.

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

This song deserves way more credit.

10 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.

The Contenders

11 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

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

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

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

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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 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

21 minutes of good meshuggah music

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14 Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion

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

15 Vanished
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.


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17 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!

18 Sickening
19 Elastic
20 Sane

Absolutely brutal!

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Top Remixes (7)

1. Future Breed Machine
2. New Millennium/Cyanide Christ
3. I Am Colossus
1. New Millennium/Cyanide Christ
2. Straws Pulled at Random
3. Future Breed Machine
1. Bleed
2. Straws Pulled at Random
3. Demiurge

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