Best Meshuggah Songs

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

The Top Ten

Bleed Bleed Cover Art

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).

The only thing that helped me maintain my mental state after being served a burger with almost raw meat at some 'british' pub in France after having to try to survive on French food for 2 months...

This song is faster than the google...
Poly rhythm in drums
And a very difficult picking style makes this song awesome
Very difficult to cover
Hail mesuggah m/

I am not afraid to admit this is their best. It's what got me into both old and new meshuggah, it has the best riffs and composition, and a lovely solo by Frederik

Future Breed Machine Future Breed Machine Cover Art

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 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.

This song is awesome. Takes you to a distant land filled up with headbangers in black attire... The intro sounds like the breathing of a demon. Horns up the mighty meshuggah. Keep making us crazy

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!

New Millennium/Cyanide Christ New Millennium/Cyanide Christ Cover Art

Just pure gold all the way through. Don't listen to this song before you go sleep because you won't get sleep...

My top 10 favourites:
1. NMCC
2. Future Breed Machine
3. Suffer In Truth
4. Corridor of Chameleons
5. Concatenation (rare trax version)
6. Demiurge
7. Humiliative
8. BTBWSGIM
9. Ivory Tower
10. Pravus

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

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.

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.

Rational Gaze Rational Gaze Cover Art

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.

This songs just drives me crazy! It makes me want to bash and break everything near me. Most violent song I've ever heard.
m/

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

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

Combustion

The opening song of the 'obZen' album surely gave Meshuggah the credit they deserve after their 'Catch Thirty-Three' experimentation. The intro is unbelievably heavy until it just explodes when Tomas Haake hits the hi-hats.

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

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

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

Demiurge Demiurge Cover Art

Just Meshuggah at their best, Demiurge is heavy and powerful a true metal hymn!
Can't take it off, just repeat, listen some other song and come back to Demiurge catchy repetition and atmospheric aggressive sound.

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.

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.

Such a heavy and sludgy song, but the outro is one of the most sinister I've heard... Absolutely nasty

Straws Pulled at Random Straws Pulled at Random Cover Art

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.

The perfect combination of extremely heavy and beautifully melodic.

One of the best pieces of music I have ever heard.

I Am Colossus I Am Colossus Cover Art

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

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

By far one of their heaviest.

Grinding rhythm, so phuckin delicious

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.

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.

21 minutes of good meshuggah music

Corridor of Chameleons Corridor of Chameleons Cover Art

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.

Such magical intro, highly metaphorical lyrics, and beautiful outro. The lyric indicates human's lies, which are indicated with chameleons.

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

This song deserves way more credit.

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

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.

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,

Clockworks Clockworks Cover Art

This is a masterpiece, the intro is mind blowing. It should be in the top 3, and it's by far my favorite Meshuggah song. ObZen (the title track) and Combustion better than Clockworks? come on.. Seriously?

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

That part towards the end of the song is too damn heavy

God damn masterpiece

Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion

The flow is mesmerizing. The beat sounds basic at first, but then good luck figuring out the pattern. All aspects of this song are perfect.

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.

Dancers to a Discordant System

The lyrics alone make this song the best. This song also has the best riffs and it just 10 minutes of groove against traditionalism.

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.

Sickening Sickening Cover Art
Do Not Look Down Do Not Look Down Cover Art

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!

Elastic Elastic Cover Art
Sane Sane Cover Art

Absolutely brutal!

Behind the Sun

This song and the song SUM are unbelievably underrated masterpieces.

I think they are meshuggas most powerful songs.

Soul Burn Soul Burn Cover Art

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.

The Demon's Name Is Surveillance

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

21? This is at least top 5.

The Mouth Licking What You've Bled The Mouth Licking What You've Bled Cover Art
Stengah Stengah Cover Art

Definitely does Djent.

Born in Dissonance - Meshuggah
In Death - Is Death In Death - Is Death Cover Art

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!

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