Doom and Gloom
It's always fun when you discover a band you've never really come into contact with before. You've heard the name, but never the music. Well this is what happened to me with Neurosis. I did some background research on them and discovered that they've existed for a mighty long time, since 1985. They originally were a punk rock/hardcore band whose sound diverted to doom metal with a folk influence.
Their new album called 'Honor Found in Decay' was released in late October and is their tenth studio album. It is most definitely a doom metal album, very dark and ambient sounding. Honestly it's one of the slowest metal albums I've ever listened to. Most of the album sounds like someone playing an old Slayer vinyl on the slowest setting. In a way it's a good thing because it fits the concept of the album completely, however I prefer the upbeat, and speedier side of the genre. The sludgy, down tuned guitar and hard-hitting drums accompany the pain-filled, shouting vocals in a way which sounds pleasing to the ear. Additionally, the use of dynamics throughout the record, but particularly in the 10 minute epic "At The Well" are so precisely placed. The louder, heavier parts hit you with full force, whereas the softer moments are delicate, like it's music that can aid stress. The closing song on the album entitled 'Raise The Dawn' was the highlight for me. It was a shorter track that had a sudden energy burst, I would consider it a better track to open the album with though.
It's unfortunately not an album I can spend a lot of time talking about because there is not a lot that goes on throughout it, despite its length of an hour (and 47 seconds). I think you a specialist taste or requirement to be able to consider the album a classic. For most fans of rock and metal music, it is an album that can be appreciated as a good effort, but it's nothing ground-breaking, nor that exciting. I understand that doom metal needs to be slow and 'ploddy', but there is no reason why it can't contain elements of excitement, just something slightly edgy that can make the genre, or particularly Neurosis, be seen in a whole new light. To conclude, it had moments of promise but generally it felt like I was listening to the same song for an hour. This will definitely appeal to doom metal fans, but for the rest of us, it'll just be seen as an average album.
Stand-out tracks on this album: 'At The Well' and 'Raise The Dawn'
Rating: 5 out of 10