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Neurosis
Honor Found In Decay
December 2012
Released: 2012, Neurot Recordings
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson

Few bands deal in doom as forcefully or convincingly as Bay Area stalwarts Neurosis. The sextet's seismic, shuddering drone is the sound of slow death, a sonic mudslide that swallows all. And yet it's so much more. The turbulent often tribal rhythmic undercurrents; the ambient, industrial and psychedelic atmospherics; and the raw, primal power and sheer majesty set a standard that most stoner/doom/sludge/shoe-gaze metal acts who have followed in their wake can only aspire to.



Honor In Decay, the band's 10th album in a 27-year career that began in the hardcore underground, is another landmark. Sprawling, dense and once again hewn rough by minimalist producer Steve Albini, Honor continues in the more organic, less experimental direction of 2007's Given To The Rising and most definitely brings the thunder – guitarists/vocalists Steve Kelly and Scott Von Till seem content now to save most of their acoustic/folk leanings for their solo work – even if it does so at an achingly deliberate pace.



“My Heart for Deliverance” is a 12-minute elephantine dirge, driven by a lumbering, looping, rather massive main riff that follows the equally expansive “At the Well.” The centerpiece “Bleeding the Pigs,” however, concludes with an almost startling burst of shrill guitar and roiling drums that come seemingly out of nowhere and provide some of Honor's most emphatic moments. And though this relative sense of urgency merely provides a bridge of sorts into the funereal “Casting of the Ages,” it re-emerges on “All Is Found … In Time” which is punctuated by belligerent fits and starts.



The more melancholy “Raise the Dawn” brings things to a somewhat surprisingly somber, quiet close. Instead of building to an anticipated – if not obligatory - crescendo, Neurosis turn a 180 and ease “Dawn,” and the album, out with keyboardist Noah Landis re-creating pan flute/Andean pipe strains. It's oddly soothing after all of the dread that came before it.



But no one could ever accuse Neurosis of being predictable. And by continuing to evolve and expand with Honor In Decay, the band have again made a statement and reset the bar for what ominous should sound like.
Track Listing

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

Lineup

Scott Kelly: vocals/guitars
Steve Von Till: vocals/guitars
Dave Edwardson: bass
Jason Roeder: drums
Noah Landis: keyboards
Josh Graham: visual effects/art

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Neurosis
Honor Found In Decay
February 2013
Released: 2012, Neurot Recordings
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

With a career that spans almost 30 years, Neurosis are one of the true giants of the doom metal movement – and a band with a reputation for doing things exactly how they want them to be done, not least in the founding of their own bespoke record label, Neurot, a little over a decade ago, for which this is their third full-length studio album (and their tenth in total).



It’s been five years since the band’s last platter, the awesome ‘Given To The Rising’, but it has been well worth the wait, as ‘Honor Found In Decay’ is another masterwork – and an epic one at that, with its seven tracks spanning slightly more than an hour. It’s another demonstration of how Neurosis use the darkness to fill the spaces of your soul into which their music slowly seeps…



Opener ‘We All Rage In Gold’ opens in characteristically undr-stated style, building its wall of noise slowly and with the anticipation that comes right before that moment you inevitably plough into the back of the juggernaut in front of you, knowing that your brakes had failed just seconds earlier, while ‘At The Well’ and ‘My Heart For Deliverance’ are both dark and morose yet hypnotically entrancing; ‘Bleeding The Pigs’ is dankly ambient, contrasting sparse, atmospheric electronica with mind-blowingly crushing riffs, and ‘Casting Of The Ages’ is cavernous in its brooding depth.



‘All is Found… In Time’ initially references the band’s punk roots, with its opening drum salvo by far the fastest few moments on the opus, before kicking into a classic downtuned bass riff, which again is mesmerising in its effectiveness, especially when coupled with the downright evil-sounding main vocal; closer ‘Raise The Dawn’ is the antithesis of its title: another slice of epic (despite being the shortest track on the album, at just shy of six minutes) brutality, it’s the perfect ending to a nigh on perfect slice of classic doom metal.



This album is a must!



Review by Mark Ashby
Track Listing

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

Lineup

Scott Kelly – guitars/vocals
Steve von Till – guitars/vocals
Dave Edwardson – bass/backing vocals
Noah Landis – organ/piano/synthesizer

Other reviews

» Sovereign
by Nathan Robinson

» Given To The Rising
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Honor Found In Decay
by Peter Atkinson

» Honor Found In Decay
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


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Previous review: » Neurosis - Given To The Rising





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