Times of Grace

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Album · 1999

Filed under Sludge Metal


1. Suspended in Light (1:59)
2. The Doorway (7:35)
3. Under the Surface (8:37)
4. The Last You'll Know (9:14)
5. Belief (5:55)
6. Exist (1:41)
7. End of the Harvest (7:28)
8. Descent (2:57)
9. Away (9:35)
10. Times of Grace (7:22)
11. The Road to Sovereignty (3:39)

Total Time: 66:06


- Scott Kelly / Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
- Steve Von Till / Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
- Dave Edwardson / Bass, Vocals, Moog
- Jason Roeder / Drums, Percussion
- Noah Landis / Keyboards, Samples, Vocals

Guest Musicians:

- Kris Force / Viola, Violin
- Jackie Gratz / Cello
- Jon Birdsong / Cornet, Tuba
- Johannes Mager / Trombone
- John Goff / Bagpipes
- Wendy-O Matik / Narrations

About this release

Released on Relapse Records May 4th, 1999.

Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Recording, Chicago, October 1998.
Engineering assistance by Greg Norman, Rob Bochnik, Jeff Byrd, Noah Landis.
Mastered By Dave Collins
Mixed By, Recorded By Steve Albini
Additional overdubs & mixing at Mr. Toads, San Francisco, November 1998.
Mastered at A&M.

Bonus track for Japan:
12. Threshold

Note: The 'Tribes of Neurot' album "Grace" is meant to be played along simultaneously with this recording. It is available on Neurosis's Neurot Recordings label.

Reissue released in 2010 with new artwork.

Thanks to NecronCommander, Bosh66 for the updates

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After releasing their landmark “Through Silver In Blood,” NEUROSIS was a much better known act after touring with Pantera and continuing their mind blowing pioneering efforts in the world of post metal and sludge. The temptation to create a sequel to “Silver” had to have been intense but once again NEUROSIS proved that you can continuously move on into new musical territories and create something new out of the old. Such is the case with their sixth full album TIMES OF GRACE. Although this is clearly endowed with much of the sludgery of the past, it is a clear attempt to mellow things down a bit. In fact all throughout the 90s NEUROSIS was also producing ambient music under the name Tribes Of Neurot, which included all the band members and other musicians not in NEUROSIS and the band had always added some of their ambient electronic wizardry to their metal releases but on this album they add even more and this album was actually designed to be heard side by side with the “Grace” album by their Tribes Of Neurot project.

TIMES OF GRACE delivers much more of a post-rock feel than a sludge assault and although there are still remnants of the frenetic tribal drumming on the “Under The Surface,” we get a much calmer and simplified drumming style on this album reminding me more of bands like Isis or Pelican. The intro track “Suspended In Light” is a full-on ambient number and the electronic background soundscapes continue throughout the entire run. The guitars seem to me to sound more like grunge at times. By the time we get to some of the later tracks like “Away” it sounds like the album totally morphed into the post-rock world with little metal at all being heard. The slow recurring clean guitar sounds with the slow hypnotic drumming and mournful violins sound more like A Silver Mt Zion release than the NEUROSIS of yesteryear.

The result of this toning down meant that this album took longer to grow on me than the preceding ones that immediately blow the roof off the house. The rewards are more subtle and require patience. I have only started to warm up to this album lately. It has always been one of my lesser favorites of their outstanding output. One of the things i really love about NEUROSIS has been the frenetic drumming and pummeling sludgery so i had to learn how to appreciate this one on a whole different level. That i have learned how to do but despite warming up to this release i still like it less than most others. NEUROSIS have always been pioneers with their bold experimentation but here they don’t seem to really add anything new to these particular sounds, they just mix it up a bit. That is fine and dandy and it really is good for what it is but they spoiled me and i was expecting more. Luckily this was just a rest stop on the musical highway and other than on the EP “Sovereign” they would move on to new musical pastures.
Graceful & painful

My adventure with Neurosis had some of the most difficult beginnings of all my difficult beginnings. Where there's a will there's a way, though. A way to appreciate something as abrasive and heavy as this music can be. And yet, an immense power of creativity and emotional charge that flows through it, make it an experience one of its kind. The sixth album by Neurosis continues the post-sludge journey started in Souls At Zero and greatly developed on Through Silver In Blood. As with every journey, no stage is completely the same.

Times Of Grace demands lots of focus, although not as much as its predecessor. Whereas TSIB was a gloomy, hypnotizing colossus of industrial sludge, tinged with ominous tribal feel, this time round Neurosis created a record pervaded with austere, somewhat cinematic atmosphere (perfectly mirrored by the cover art). Songwriting seems to be more focused on pace changes and rhythm experimentation than long atmospheric build-ups. I can safely say that despite both albums being more or less on a par, Times Of Grace is more complex and more daring in terms of composition. Not as unrelenting and less groundbreaking than TSIB was at the time, it's an album that takes all previously used non-metal elements and brings them to a new level. It's the path that will eventually lead the band to their most post-metal record, The Eye Of Every Storm.

Times Of Grace is one of the two most praised albums by Neurosis and for a good reason. It's a great successor to the brilliant TSIB and another milestone in the evolution of post-metal. As a multi-layered, intriguing piece of post sludge it's a must for all fans of experimental metal, especially those who are into atmospheric sludge in the vein of Isis or Cult of Luna. Times Of Grace is like a demanding lover, be patient with it and you'll be handsomely rewarded.
Phonebook Eater

"Times Of Grace" is the most spiritual, mystical, but also the most abrasive Neurosis album yet.

"Times Of Grace" is the fourth album of seminal Sludge Metal band Neurosis, the follow up to the masterpiece of theirs and even of the genre as a whole, "Through Silver In Blood". It is quite hard after such a release to keep the expectations as high. But "Times Of Grace", even though it is not as good, is a fantastically executed release, that many people controversially consider their ultimate masterpiece, but I do see why some would love this album as much as these fans do.

Abandoning the huge, smothered reverb of "Silver In Blood", ToG has a much more rough, distorted, sludgy sound, but also more straightforward and maybe not quite as ambitious. The result of this is a claustrophobic sound that is just as scary as the previous album. But the experimentation is very present, with again some unusual instruments for metal here and there, as well as some strange sound effects that accompany the songs, most of them unrecognizable samples. Guitar effects also abound quite a bit, but in a much different way from TSiB.

I've always noticed in Neurosis's music this distorted, almost spiritual feel that makes the band so special sounding; starting from "Souls At Zero", the band always were writing music as it seemed like it was intended to be the soundtrack of a shamanic ritual of native people from South America or something. A very primitive and visceral feel is always felt in their music, but I do think this album in particular is somewhat more spiritual and mystic."Times Of Grace", because of its sound, is an immensely proud album, that always keeps heads up. however, it has its humble moments,meaning moments of shattered beauty, that surprise the listener very much. But these calmer moments are really dreadful and dramatic sounding, in a good way; the vocals of Scott Kelly, are and have always been full of pain, and on this album he proves it like he never did before. The album is quite solid, the more straight-forward structure of the tracks make this characteristic very easy to detect; there are definitely less-build ups, thus most of the time they start fierce and go straight to the point, but of course exceptions are always made. This album remains quite atmospheric because of the experimentation surrounding it and the always used repetition, and so Atmospheric Sludge Metal once again is a great and accurate way to define Neurosis's music.

The songs for me are almost always great, starting from "The Doorway", probably the most intense and abrasive song here. "The Last You'll Know" might be my favorite of the album, its also the most epic track here, and quite possibly the most beautiful too, while "Belief" is the essence of Sludge Metal and the most atmospheric track, and "Away" is comparable to "Strength Of Fates" from their previous album, being a huge build up to a quite intense piece that takes place only in the last few minutes. The title track is also a powerful and crunchy song that is worth mentioning. Even the interludes are very well done, and should not be underrated; they're always somewhat hypnotic, and very interesting in their nature.

A splendid release, something that is essential to listen to if you're into Sludge Metal. One of Neurosis' most personal albums, full of character and spirit, and that sometimes all you need for an album to work.
Any Colour You Like
Neurosis are famous for being the instigators of the 'post-metal' movement, but as this album shows, their vision and execution go far beyond your run-of-the-mill style post metal. Indeed, calling this post metal would probably detract from the overall attraction of the album. This is brutal, thought provoking, dark, heavy and mystical music. Make of it what you will. That's it's beauty.

As you may expect, the riffing is heavy and dense, paced in a low to mid tempo (although not drone). The crushing density of the soundscapes however is not simply limited to stereotypically metal, indeed, the most cerebral and emotionally crushing track on the album is thoroughly minimalist, with other movements containing sinister but odd instrumentation like bagpipes. The combination of paint-shredding vocals, martial grooves and dense orchestrations creates a wonderfully ornamental atmosphere. Indeed, paraphrasing a contemporary (I can't remember where I got this from, so apologies in advance), one could do worse than to stare into the eye of the wolf on the album cover while listening to the album. Then you'll get it. While the trademark heaviness is pleasing and powerful, I must admit that on occasion it does seem a bit predictable, but stylistically that's probably the point. Also, while the production is a little messy and murky, in the overall aesthetical design, the slightly chaotic blueprint only further enhances the atmosphere. Don't fret though, it's not underground black metal bad.

Those looking to get into post metal would probably be advised to look elsewhere at first. This is by no means an easy album to admire or grasp. However, if you persist with it, it will reward you immensely. The maelstrom of emotions and imagery present here will not only keep you interested for repeated plays, but will also give you a greater appreciation of the ironic subtleties of this behemoth of a band.

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