NEUROSIS — Fires Within Fires (review)

NEUROSIS — Fires Within Fires album cover Album · 2016 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
"Fires Within Fires" is the 12th full-length studio album by US, California based sludge/post metal act Neurosis. The album was released through Neurot Recordings in September 2016. It´s the successor to "Honor Found in Decay" from 2012.

Stylistically the material on "Fires Within Fires" features very few surprises if you´re already familiar with the band´s atmospheric sludge/post metal style. It´s slow, doomy, and organic music featuring both deep register clean male vocals and harder edged hardcore shouting vocals. The song structures are adventurous and you never really know where a song is going before you reach the end and look back at an intriguing compositional structure. The whole thing is packed in an organic sounding production courtesy of Steve Albini. The sound production takes the meaning of organic maybe a bit too far though, as this sometimes sound like it was recorded live in someone´s garage. I know some people love a stripped down and raw sound production like that, and under the right circumstances a sound production like that can work wonders. Here though I think it takes the power out of the music and even the most heavy and punchy parts of the album, lack energy and conviction.

To my ears Neurosis also seem to have lost a bit of their creative spirit on "Fires Within Fires"...and don´t get me wrong here, because as mentioned above this is still very adventurous music, but it´s like they´ve made this album before a few times, and I´d like to think of them as innovators who take chances and who challenge their audience. We don´t really get much of that here. "Fires Within Fires" is Neurosis playing it completely safe and since they´ve also tuned down on their more aggressive side, the album does become a bit tedious if you´re not in the right mood. However it still speaks volumes of their general qualities that one of Neurosis lesser albums still deserves a 3.5 star (70%) rating, and I´m probably just being a bit hard on them, but that´s only because I expect so much from them considering their impressive back catalogue.
Share this review

Review Comments

Post a public comment below | Send private message to the reviewer
Please login to post a shout
Tupan wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I don't know... Indeed, they aren't covering new ground here, but I really became a fan of this release after some spins! Anyways, I agree that, maybe, you need to be in the right mood to appreciate it.
UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Yeah it´s not like it´s a bad quality release or anything like that, it´s just a pretty run of the mill type release, compared to what they have released before.
siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Totally agreed. Very mediocre ho hum album and nothing close to the adventurous spirit of their long run of greatness


Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
Buy this album from our partners
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
Buy this album from our partners
Moving Pictures Hard Rock
Buy this album from our partners
Powerslave NWoBHM
Buy this album from our partners
Dirt Alternative Metal
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Thresholds Sludge Metal
Buy this album from MMA partners
New World - New Eyes Hard Rock
Buy this album from MMA partners
Live At Once Atmospheric Sludge Metal
Buy this album from MMA partners
Impermanence Atmospheric Sludge Metal
Buy this album from MMA partners
El viaje astral del cuy Grindcore
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Metal Online Videos

Where Wolves Have Sex
Tupan· 1 day ago
More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions


Latest Metal News


More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us