Feb 132012

Last Thursday we broke the news about the apparently intentional leak of the first song from Meshuggah’s forthcoming album Koloss. That’s right, WE broke the news, along with 80% of all metal blogs in existence, 50% of all Facebook pages, and the e-mails you got from your grandmother.

Well, guess what, today we have an O-FFI-CI-AL release of the same song, this time with its proper name — “Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion” — instead of “iamaleak”. It’s available for streaming on Meshuggah’s Facebook bandpage. BUT, the band have ALSO released an official lyric video.

The opening frames of the video explain the title of the song: It’s an excerpt from a quote by philosopher, physician, organist, and 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer: “Revenge… is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.”

The more I listen to this song, the more I like it. It’s so dark and cold, and so very heavy. “This is the soundtrack to our hostility . . . .” Watch the video after the jump.



  1. This song is fucking terrible. I have loved Meshuggah from Contradictions Collapse and this “offering” is fucking horrid. Lazy, boring and empty are the only words that come to mind aside from fucking let down.


  2. You are incorrect, sir. This song slays. Dark and brooding. The rest of the album is sure to bring some speedier, more experimental tracks. But in the context of the album I expect this song to make perfect sense.

  3. The new track is fucking phenomenal, I’ve been on a Meshuggah kick since hearing about the new record and I am stoked for Koloss. I am digging the earth production too.

  4. As with ANY band releasing anything after their first album, they run the risk of losing long time fans and gaining new ones.

    That said, I enjoyed this new track. Not their greatest head pounding work, I’ll give you that. But as this site and others have taught us, and what we see as we grow musically: Not all things have to be super heavy, 280 bpm, blistering solos, and high shrieks and pig-like growls to be “metal”.

    This song sounds like it’s building towards something, maybe a bridge to a devastating song after it that we’ll see on the disc. My point is, don’t count the chickens before they hatch.

  5. I’ve actually got a reputation for disliking the lead off single by just about any band I’m looking forward to but I’ve been comfortable with this one. I actually like where it’s going and am looking forward to really digging into the lyrics of this album.

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