Release : Honor Found In Decay
Lable :Neurot Recordings
Release Date: 29th October 2012
“It is said that great art has the power to take us outside of ourselves and bring us closer to ourselves simultaneously. Few bands have accomplished this rare feat on a more profound and consistent basis than NEUROSIS. For nearly three decades, their music has touched the hearts and minds of men and women seeking contact with something beyond the physical world, something intangible, something that expresses the inner tumult of the human condition in a way that transcends time and space. Something that not only provokes questions but maybe even hints at answers.
Since 1985 this matchless force has surpassed the boundaries of any genre, never ceasing to mutate and progress their songwriting and sonic delivery, and never failing to mesmerise audiences both in the studio and onstage. And as the anticipation from their diehard fan-base reaches a boiling point, NEUROSIS unveil details of their tenth full-length studio creation, Honor Found In Decay.
The follow-up to their acclaimed 2007-released Given To The Rising album, the music on Honor Found In Decay is both torturous and transcendent. It is the ongoing exposition of a vast internal dialogue that seems to carry the weight of eons. With the right kind of ears and eyes, it can seem like the trials and tribulations of mankind are being channeled through five individuals: Steve Von Till, Scott Kelly, Noah Landis, Jason Roeder and Dave Edwardson. And yet? They will be the first ones to tell you that they are just regular people trying to make sense of the world around them. Aided by Josh Graham, their resident visual guru, they transmit their interpretations through multiple sensory planes. The degree to which Neurosis allows them to step out of their everyday lives is the distance between one and zero, the distance between thinking and doing, the distance between this minute and the one that may or may not follow. Which is to say: NEUROSIS takes them outside of themselves and brings them closer to themselves. Simultaneously.
For the new album, Neurosis have again forged an alliance with honoured engineer Steve Albini, with whom they have a longstanding relationship, who captured their monolithic sound at Electrical Audio studios, Chicago, then mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering in Ventura. This marks their fifth collaboration with Mr Albini, unsurprising then that Neurosis have been invited to perform at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas on 1 December which Shellac are curating. They will also perform with Godflesh in the UK on 2 December.
Like an eclipse, a brand new Neurosis album is not a frequent occurrence and when it comes around, every last moment must be savoured. For this momentous event, all the forces are aligned.
1 We All Rage In Gold
2 At The Well
3 My Heart For Deliverance
4 Bleeding The Pigs
5 Casting Of The Ages
6 All Is Found… In Time
7 Raise The Dawn”
It starts gently enough with lightly strummed post-rock like chords but there is a worrying keening sound and then it kicks with some venom – after that there is a balance of intense hard rock/metal riffery mixed in with found sounds, visceral ambient tones and some pastoral revery type stuff. It doesn’t really get out of a mid paced march feel for the most part but there are occasions where the tempo picks up and these were the times I felt the band got more interesting. Stand out track for me was At The Well which certainly grabbed the attention. There is a sort of doom feel to it in parts but the vocals are far too audible for it to be classed as strict doom/death . Some very acceptable keyboards permeate the mix every once in a while taking the whole affair out of the general genre camp and all adding together to make a very good listen. Fans of this band and the general hard rock genre should have little problem with this as it is well played and written and engaging for the most part. For some reason I was reminded of Slint in places. I’m not a big Albini fan but he has done a good job here with the production.
Recommended for lovers of hard metal/rock with audible, albeit intense, vocals.