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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2003
This band sounds like no other and writes songs like no other,
well, before everyone copied them anyway!
They were one of the first bands to combine 'electronic' elements to rock music, and no, not beats! The electronic stuff is subtle samples and keyboards to create moods and soundscapes. This blends with the tribal drumming and slow, intense riffs so well, it just sounds like metal is it's natural environment!
This is my first venture into Neurosis' dark world, it didn't blow me away because it's too subtle and clever for that. Instead, first time you listen, there's so much going on you can't take it in. You have to listen again. After careful listens songs unfurl and present their brutal majesty before your raw eardrums.
There aren't really any standout cuts because the album's so different, or at least it seems that way. Mt favourite songs however are the tribal, Under the Surface, and Belief because its so subtle and mellow.
The only band that i know, who i can compare Neurosis to are Isis, who have been heavily influenced by them. Most of you probably don't know who Isis are, but if you do, you'll probably like this record. Neurosis are more doomy and 'imrovisational', Isis always seem to have a very controlled, robotlike vibe to them.
Theres so much instrumentation in this album, repeated listens reward the listener, and it's definately worth the wait!
I like Neurosis so much i've got thier newest album 'A Sun That Never Sets' on order right now!
For fans of repetetive, rewarding music. These are definately not 'quick fix' or party tunes!
Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2002
after the severe and unrelelentingly apocalyptic predessecors 'Enemy Of The Sun' and 'Through Silver In Blood' Neurosis proved how much a set of jammy bastards they were and made an album that was even better.
the opening track Suspended In Light is just a few minutes of blissed out sound before the fearful 'The Doorway' blasts in. What follows for the next 70 minutes is a whirlwind of negativity, stripping the listener to the bone then further before leaving the soul minorly scratched, revulsing into moments of pure bliss and beauty, celebrations of sound and existence and much more. In the more melodic sections there is a certain celtic beauty and pale coldness to douse the soul searing heaviness.
As a testament to the darkness and depth of this record, the first time i listened to it i felt genuinely scared and concerned. some songs on times of grace never begin, some never end. each listen took me further and further into the heart of this record, it's got to be listened to as a whole to appreciate every nuance and subtletly the band project throughout the whole work.
To me this stands as Neurosis's most complete and dynamic work, not only in the 'Grace' companion disc but there is no other way to listen to this album apart from in tracklisting order. The fact that this album spawned the equally brilliant 'Sovereign' EP, a collection of music made from unfinished material and developments of what is on the Times Of Grace CD itself just proves what a band Neurosis are.
There's so much more to say. This is an album that needs months and years of time to penetrate and garner what lies below the layers and layers of sound they pile on. what lies beneath is, something simple, TRUTH.
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on 17 September 2003
Something akin to Gods in the hardcore scene, bay area noiseniks Neurosis undoubtedly reached the pinnacle of their career with this album, which ranks as one of the best hardcore records ever. Neurosis were never particularly happy with being put in the pigeonhole of 'hardcore', and its true that this album transcends the genre but, for want of a better term, they'll always be a 'hardcore' band.
Whilst earlier albums were relentless in the ferocity, this album takes a more thoughtful approach in its brutality - and boy does it pay off! The first track - 'Suspended In Light' sounds like a John Carpenter theme, with luch guitars and synths played over a repetitive (and creepy) refrain. In fact, 'creepy' is a perfect adjective for this whole record. The quieter partss are as unsettling as Bloodlet, or the works of Philip Glass, whilst the heavier passages simply beggar belief.
Neurosis have always been famed for their live shows and fans have sometimes felt let down by the albums not quite capturing the true bombastic impact of seeing them on tour. No way can that be said about this album. The production is superb, sounding both precise as a surgical incision and extremely 'earthy' at the same time. It really is as close to perfection as hardcore has come.
Although the whole damn album is superb, for me, 'Belief' deserves special mention. This is just mesmeric. Words can't really describe how good this song is. Imagine the most disharmonic horror movie theme you've ever heard with screams over the top and you're in the right area.
This album just oozes (literally) class. Sometimes it pours out of your speakers, at others it blasts out of them. During the whole mesmeric process you are left utterly spellbound and wondering why this band are not huge.
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on 2 August 2000
Well, I don't like Death Metal. Quite frankly I get very little out of a singer who grunts more than anything else. So I was a bit doubtful about this when a friend gave it to me. However, I soon found out that I was wrong. This is an extremely impressive album with many levels that easily stands up to repeated listening. The best description I can give is really that it is the sonic equivalent of listening to storms or actually being able to hear the power of the sun rising and setting. Neurosis use the bagpipes and quiet atmospherics as effectively as the distorted guitar and it makes a soundscape that can only be bettered by also buying the sister album by Tribes of Neurot "Grace" and playing the two simultaneously. If you are up for an exceptional and unique album, you should go and get this.
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on 8 December 2000
At times this album is blunt white noise, and others, subtly atmospheric. One thing it is not, is dull. This album demands total listener concentration to appriciate all the detail that has gone into it`s construction. Not for the faint hearted, this album is as heavy and dense as any other option you can find. A triumph of art noise.
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