Neurosis: Honor Found In Decay – album review

Neurosis: Honor Found In Decay (Neurot)
Out: Now

Honor Found In Decay is the tenth studio album from the pioneers of a sub genre, which keeps the fires burning strong.

Neurosis unite with Steve Albini on their latest recording, Honor Found In Decay, a 7 track behemoth, swaggering and destructive, like a reflective and morose Godzilla. Depth has always been something which Neurosis do with great panache and technical skill, their layers unravelling tentatively, as repetition unlocks the secrets which their initially oblique recordings present.

Having existed for almost 30 years, starting out as a punk / hardcore band, before developing a signature style that would go on to influence an entire generation of musicians. Their amalgamation of expansive, exploratory 70s rock, combined with the force and aggressiveness of the early 80s punk movement led to the formation of a distinctive and since often imitated sound.

Drone, sludge, post-hardcore and pot-metal are all labels which have been attributed to the band at some point. To attempt any such categorization, however, does an injustice to the craft on display. Their collaborations with visual artists throughout their long history has allowed them to add and enhance the sensory elements of their performances. Experimentation, such as with the Times of Grace and Grace albums (the latter of which was released under their Tribes of Neurot moniker) which were originally designed to be played simultaneously, providing a marginally different listening experience each time.

Complexity and darkness, balanced alongside glimpses of beauty and calm reside in the music of Neurosis. A journey, as opposed to an album, their ascending, seemingly formless build-ups climax in an indescribably powerful crescendo, accentuating riffs beyond the power of which we are normally accustomed.

Honor Found In Decay may be seemingly impenetrable to the newcomer, especially one who feels more drawn to the new wave of introspective, drone metal. This is not something which should be given in to, for the rewards which await the patient and the tenacious will be plentiful and wondrous.


All words by Colin McCracken. You can read more from Colin on Louder Than War here. Colin also writes extensively about movies over at his website & you can follow him on Twitter.

You can find out more about Neurosis on their official site HERE.


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