NEUROSIS

Atmospheric Sludge Metal / Hardcore Punk • United States
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Neurosis is an experimental sludge metal / post-sludge metal / hardcore punk band from in Oakland in California, formed in 1985.

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Neurosis' sound draws from influences ranging from hardcore punk and doom metal to dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of post-punk and folk music. The band is highly regarded as a pioneer of post- sludge metal.

In late 1985, Scott Kelly, Dave Edwardson and Jason Roeder (formerly members of Violent Coercion) founded the band as a hardcore punk outfit, borrowing from British crust punk like Amebix.

In 1986 Chad Salter was added on second guitar, and in 1990, Simon McIlroy joined the band as a synthesizer/sampler. There have only been a few changes in the lineup of Neurosis' musicians since band's inception. In 1989 guitarist/vocalist Chad Salter was replaced by Steve Von Till, and in 1995 Noah Landis, a childhood friend of Dave Edwardson, replaced Simon
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NEUROSIS albums / top albums

NEUROSIS Pain Of Mind album cover 2.18 | 14 ratings
Pain Of Mind
Hardcore Punk 1987
NEUROSIS The Word as Law album cover 3.26 | 13 ratings
The Word as Law
Hardcore Punk 1990
NEUROSIS Souls at Zero album cover 4.48 | 22 ratings
Souls at Zero
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1992
NEUROSIS Enemy Of The Sun album cover 3.17 | 20 ratings
Enemy Of The Sun
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1993
NEUROSIS Through Silver In Blood album cover 4.02 | 55 ratings
Through Silver In Blood
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1996
NEUROSIS Times Of Grace album cover 4.39 | 36 ratings
Times Of Grace
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1999
NEUROSIS A Sun That Never Sets album cover 4.15 | 25 ratings
A Sun That Never Sets
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2001
NEUROSIS Neurosis & Jarboe (with Jarboe) album cover 3.75 | 12 ratings
Neurosis & Jarboe (with Jarboe)
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2003
NEUROSIS The Eye Of Every Storm album cover 3.58 | 26 ratings
The Eye Of Every Storm
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2004
NEUROSIS Given To The Rising album cover 3.76 | 15 ratings
Given To The Rising
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2007
NEUROSIS Honor Found In Decay album cover 3.42 | 15 ratings
Honor Found In Decay
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2012
NEUROSIS Fires Within Fires album cover 3.43 | 10 ratings
Fires Within Fires
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2016

NEUROSIS EPs & splits

NEUROSIS Aberration album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aberration
Hardcore Punk 1989
NEUROSIS Empty album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Empty
Hardcore Punk 1990
NEUROSIS Discharged: From Home Front to War Front album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Discharged: From Home Front to War Front
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1991
NEUROSIS Locust Star album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Locust Star
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1996
NEUROSIS In These Black Days Vol. 6 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In These Black Days Vol. 6
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1999
NEUROSIS Sovereign album cover 3.63 | 7 ratings
Sovereign
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2000

NEUROSIS live albums

NEUROSIS Enemy Live NYC '94 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Enemy Live NYC '94
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1994
NEUROSIS Short Wave Warfare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Short Wave Warfare
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2000
NEUROSIS Official Bootleg: Lyon France 11.02.99 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Official Bootleg: Lyon France 11.02.99
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2002
NEUROSIS Official Bootleg: Stockholm Sweden 15.10.99 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Official Bootleg: Stockholm Sweden 15.10.99
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2003
NEUROSIS Live At Roadburn 2007 album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Live At Roadburn 2007
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2010

NEUROSIS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

NEUROSIS Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Hardcore Punk 1986
NEUROSIS Locust Star album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Locust Star
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1996
NEUROSIS The Doorway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Doorway
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1999
NEUROSIS A Sun That Never Sets – Advance Radio Edits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Sun That Never Sets – Advance Radio Edits
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2001

NEUROSIS re-issues & compilations

NEUROSIS Souls At Zero / Enemy Of The Sun album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Souls At Zero / Enemy Of The Sun
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1997
NEUROSIS Times Of Grace / Grace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Times Of Grace / Grace
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2009
NEUROSIS Strength & Vision album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strength & Vision
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2016

NEUROSIS singles (4)

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Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1990
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The Doorway / Under the Surface
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1999
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Times of Grace / The Last You'll Know - Advance Radio Edits #1
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1999
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Locust Star (1995 Demo)
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2016

NEUROSIS movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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A Sun That Never Sets / A Resonant Sun
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2002
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Given to the Rising - Documentary DVD
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2007

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NEUROSIS Through Silver In Blood

Album · 1996 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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To my dismay, Neurosis decided to continue the more Industrial, tribal direction they explored on Enemy of the Sun. Gone are the Doomy leads and emotive atmospheres from Souls at Zero and the songs here employ overly repetitive, sample and industrial based soundscapes that end up boring and numb more than anything. The base rock music is bare and simple, and industrial noises are overlayed to give it the illusion of density and complexity, but a slightly focused mind will notice these same noises repeating over and over and over, gnawing away at one’s patience as they fail to build anything epic or moving.

Each transition basically switches one repeating industrial noise/sample for another, alternating between way-too-boring plodding drums or tribal beats. The guitars do little aside from add fuzzy ambiance in many places, what riffs remain are usually boring and uninspired.

The album is also filled with boring song sections or interludes of just samples and noise, breaking up the boring music with even more boring sections of people talking.

For how long and “varied” the songs are, they never seem to go anymore. What’s more, while it is arguably a very negative and oppressive album, it doesn’t really build any mood or convey emotion very well. It’s just a lot of plodding around, fuzz, and tribal madness that mashes together and comes out a dull gray on the other end.

NEUROSIS Through Silver In Blood

Album · 1996 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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"Through Silver In Blood" is the 5th full-length studio album by US, California based sludge/Post-metal act Neurosis. The album was released through Relapse Records in April 1996. It´s the successor to "Enemy Of The Sun" from 1993 and features one lineup change since the predecessor as keyboard player Simon McIlroy has been replaced by Noah Landis. "Through Silver In Blood" was recorded in December 1995 with producer Billy Anderson. It was a rather painful labour as some band members had personal issues at the time with drug addiction, homelessness, and depression. "Through Silver In Blood" was preceded by its Tribes of Neurot (Neurosis experimental ambient/noise side-project) companion album "Silver Blood Transmission (1995)".

Stylistically the material on "Through Silver In Blood" builds on the experimental and atmospheric sludge/post-metal of "Enemy Of The Sun" (1993). It´s a harsh, bleak, and heavy album reeking of depression, decay, and frustration. The guitar riffs are slow and doomy, but they are still aggressive and hard-edged in nature, showing that the band have not completely forgotten their hardcore roots (there´s an unhinged "close to feedback" sound to them, which suits the music well). The drumming is almost tribal styled, with drummer Jason Roeder playing rhythmic drum patterns rather than the more usual heavy slow drumming of many doom related releases. The vocals are raw and aggressive shouting alternating between an aggressive mid-range vocal style and a lower end slightly more gruff vocal style (not growling though). Landis builds atmosphere with his keyboards and samples, and the band even use bagpipes and violin/cello on a couple of tracks.

The tracks often build from simple mellow beginnings to loud and raw climaxes, but just as often alternate between the styles, and the material are overall quite adventurous and boundary pushing. Early Swans is definitely an influence (I hear influences from artists like Killing Joke and Melvins here too), but Neurosis are generally a much heavier beast. "Through Silver In Blood" features a heavy, detailed, and well sounding production job, which suits the material perfectly, and upon conclusion it´s a high quality release in its genre. It´s also a groundbreaking release, which has influenced many artists since. The combination of doomy hardcore infused riffs, the aggressive vocals, the tribal drumming, and the bleak atmospheric keyboards and samples, ultimately make for a rather unique listen.

It´s not an easy listen and the slow building repetitive nature of the tracks is probably an aquired taste, but that element is used to support and build the sombre oppressive atmosphere of the album, and it´s a key ingredient of the band´s sound. Personally I think Neurosis take it a bit too far and drag the songs out too much on "Strength of Fates", "Aeon", and on "Enclosure in Flame" (which is basically the last 30 minutes of the album), but again it´s probably an aquired taste if you find those tracks too slow building and uneventful, or if you find them purposedly building dark and brooding atmosphere. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

NEUROSIS Enemy Of The Sun

Album · 1993 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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After the success of wildly innovative “Souls at Zero,” Neurosis seemed eager to one-up themselves in regard to making something that sounded different. The result was an album that focused more on being avant-garde and unique than it did on sounding good. Enemy of the Sun did indeed capture an entirely new sound, but it sacrificed a lot of what made their previous album so good.

The album is very heavy with samples, and has an overall tribal feel to it. The percussion is often focusing on tom-heavy fill beats, and the guitars usually create atmospheric walls rather than riffs. If I’m being honest, there’s not much of the album that sticks with me due to the fact that there are no memorable melodies of any sort. The atmosphere isn’t anything impressive either, for how much they focus on it; “Souls at Zero” did a great job of conveying a desperate struggle and cold, hopeless pain. Enemy of the Sun seems more eager to convey, I don’t know, existential ramblings of struggles in third world countries or something. It’s more bizarre than it is evocative.

That’s not to say the album is bad, as moments of grandeur are hiding among the vast boring parts. The first two tracks have some great atmosphere to them, and the guitars and keys use single notes to create excellent pangs of moodiness. Penultimate track “The Time of the Beasts” simply sounds much more akin to material on “Souls at Zero” and is therefore easily the best track, lush with various instrumentation from strings to horns to samples.

The album merely pales in comparison to what came before. Unless, of course, you enjoy tribal Avant-Garde Metal, in which case, you may like this quite a bit. For me, the departure from doomy monoliths is a hard decline.

NEUROSIS Souls at Zero

Album · 1992 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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This was one of the biggest surprises in my course of listening to Metal evolve chronologically, for a few reasons. First of all, I hadn’t been a fan of Sludge Metal or Neurosis so far, so my expectations were something very different. Second of all wow, it’s breathtaking, especially considering absolutely nothing sounded like this in 1992, not even close. The layering, atmosphere, and building crescendos here are what would become the genre of Post-Metal, as well as Atmospheric Sludge.

Despite that terminology, this album has much more in common with Doom than any prior Sludge, and that’s why I love it! It’s all pessimistic melancholy and gloomy angst here, built on anxious, depressive but often melodic and sometimes beautiful melodies. The slow, plodding tempo is accented nicely by interesting rhythm work. The vocals are the only trait really reminiscent of Sludge, being a hardcore punk-esque strained yell that works wonders against the grim soundscapes. The desperation and angst in the vocals is ferociously convincing.

The core band creates some amazing instrumental soundscapes, the guitars especially doing some very interesting things I couldn’t begin to describe to add to the wall of punishment. It sounds dissonant, but never chaotic; very well constructed and orchestrated to add unique layers to the sound. However, possibly the most interesting factor to this album are the samples and other instruments/keys used quite liberally. The samples effectively convey some hopeless situation or another, and add to that overall anxiety purveying every moment. The other editions are endless… piano, violin, big band hits, horns, and more. Some are obviously synthed, so it might all be the work of keys, but it adds so much to the already very strong arrangements.

Something I noticed were a lot of moments that reminded me of one of my favorite bands, Mar de Grises (before now I hadn’t heard anything that really did). I think that shows the clear Doom sound here as well as the Post-Metal influence on the later band. Anyway, this thing is very nearly a masterpiece, huge variety and immense quality. A few fillers hold it down, but the heights are vast.

NEUROSIS Enemy Of The Sun

Album · 1993 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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"Enemy Of The Sun" is the 4th full-length studio album by US, California based sludge/Post-metal act Neurosis. The album was released through Alternative Tentacles in August 1993. It´s the successor to "Souls at Zero" from 1992. "Souls at Zero (1992)" was the album where Neurosis changed their original hardcore sound towards an atmospheric, heavy and doomy (although still hardcore influenced) music style.

That development in sound is further continued on "Enemy Of The Sun", and Neurosis also continue to add new elements and refine their sound. "Enemy Of The Sun" is a cold, harsh, and angry album. It´s drenched in a bleak and melancholic atmosphere. The ingredients of the band´s sound are a heavy yet rhythmically adventurous rhythm section, heavy doomy riffs, feedback and noise, raw shouting aggressive hardcore type vocals (and a few cleaner sung vocals), and atmosphere enhancing use of keyboards and electronics/samples. It´s completely uncompromising, original, and because of the unconventional nature of the riffs, the rhythms, and the atmosphere, probably a bit of an aquired taste (even for fans of heavy music).

It´s sonically challenging music, which most listeners probably won´t find immediately accessible, but the material are not without catchy moments. They just seldom appear in the form of a sing-along chorus, a melody part you can hum along to, or a harmony guitar part that you remember long after the album is over. In that respect the material on "Enemy Of The Sun" are a difficult listen. It´s gritty, menacing and ugly, and generally demand the listener´s full attention. It´s progressive music which hasn´t lost it´s aggressive hardcore authenticity.

"Enemy Of The Sun" opens with two stand-alone tracks in "Lost" and "Raze the Stray", while "Burning Flesh In Year of Pig", "Cold Ascending" and "Lexicon" seque into each other and appear like one long track. The title track and "The Time of the Beasts" follow (the latter is a crushingly heavy track featuring a section which sounds like a funeral march with violin and trumpet) and the album closes with the 26:34 minutes long "Cleanse". "Cleanse" (which is not featured on the vinyl version of the album) is a long hypnotic song featuring tribal percussion, shouting and yelling and samples. The last 8 minutes are a pretty harsh listen as it is a sampled shout repeated over an over again. It´s pretty surely the kind of track, which is an aquired taste. The same can be said about "Lexicon", which is an extremely noisy track. It sits on the verge of being avant garde.

"Enemy Of The Sun" features a suitingly harsh and raw sound production, which further helps the material shine. So upon conclusion it´s a high quality release by Neurosis. While "Souls at Zero (1992)" felt at lot like a transitional album (and in that case, that´s not a bad thing), "Enemy Of The Sun" is an album featuring an almost fully developed new sound. I write almost, because the band would further develop and refine this particular sound on the next two releases, before making another change in musical style. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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