01. We All Rage In Gold 02. At The Well 03. My Heart For Deliverance 04. Bleeding The Pigs 05. Casting Of The Ages 06. All Is Foundů In Time 07. Raise The Dawn
To pass judgement on a band such as Neurosis can be a tough call but that's normal when we are talking about a band that helped shape up one of the most successful metal styles around and are renowned for being extremely consistent throughout their entire discography. 5 long years passed since Given To The Rising (my first contact with the band and a personal favorite) and the expectations were obviously high among most of the fans. The question is: Did they live up to them? Yes and no... But mostly no.
You are probably wondering if I have some bipolar disorder due to the good rating but the reality with the latest Neurosis is that listening to individual songs really makes me think this is great because all the elements the fans love about the band are right here as usual: Heavy atmospheres coupled with tranquil moments that never really let go off the tension, that constant tribal feeling and roaring vocals. Special mention goes to the keyboards that seems to take a bigger role than previous albums, enhancing the tunes and making new layers. So what's the problem? Compared to their back catalogue, it seems that there's some lack of union and identity between the tracks while all their previous and well received works felt not only complete but with a specific aim. This sort of goal is not achieved with Honor Found In Decay where the songs as well crafted as they might be ended without really producing a real closure and just don't feel as interesting as before. 5 years it's quite a long time for this particular niche in metal. Could it be that present time has caught these pioneers as it has happened with many others?
Now, don't misunderstand me. Neurosis' latest effort is still a great album which stands proud against most of the derivative bands under the post-metal flag. I would specially recommend it to everyone who has never heard their works as it's representative of their overall sound while being very accessible. Who knows, maybe this is exactly the problem: Neurosis finally making an "easy" album.
Written by Hallford9000 on 24.08.2013 at 02:44 Oh yeah. Nailed it. Exactly my thoughts. Nice review. But personally, I would recommend The Eye Of Every Storm as a good start.
Thank you for your comments.
The Eye Of Every Storm is a damn fine album for sure but overall it's a bit too on the soft side. This ain't bad at all but it means that it's not completely representative of their style. I think the ones that cover the most are this one and Given To The Rising. The later being less accesible than the former by comparison though, hence my final comment.
Quote: The Eye Of Every Storm is a damn fine album for sure but overall it's a bit too on the soft side. This ain't bad at all but it means that it's not completely representative of their style. I think the ones that cover the most are this one and Given To The Rising. The later being less accesible than the former by comparison though, hence my final comment.
With Neurosis, I'd just start from the beginning of their post-metal era, Souls at Zero. Then if you like it buy them all in unison from there. Souls at Zero to Days of Grace is their classic era with the immense post metal apocalyptic sound. Sun That Never Sets and Eye of Every Storm is the lighter era- just as good though. Then Given to the Rising is kind of a combo of both, a fantastic conclusion to both eras. Still haven't heard much of Honor in Decay, seems to have the worst reputation of all their albums thus far though.