NEUROSIS - The Eye Of Every Storm

Neurosis - The Eye Of Every Storm

8 songs
68:54 minutes
***** ****
Relapse / Suburban


It can't be said often enough. As a group of guys starting out as a second class noisy hardcore band in the Eighties, Neurosis did the seemingly impossible and invented a genre of their own, which they have been improving steadily over the years. While all their regular albums since Souls At Zero (1992) can be considered flawless masterpieces, I have to admit that I was rather disappointed with their collaboration with ex-Swans vocalist Jarboe. That album sounded somewhat sterile and cold. The Eye Of Every Storm makes up for all of this and continues where they left of with A Sun That Never Sets in 2001.

Already the opener Burn shows that not only Neurosis know how to handle different styles, but that they can blend them perfectly together in the body of one song. That may be the reason why their pieces average more than eight minutes. Wall of sound guitars, throbbing bass lines, heavy drums alternate with melancholic moments filled with haunting keyboard sounds, acoustic guitars, while the shared vocals are even more melodic than in the past, conveying a sense of longing, of yearning. True, it is still dark music, but it is never cold. Whenever I listen to this album, the sky seems to become obscurely clouded, the sun is vanishing from the sky, and heavy raindrops are shedding like tears from the sky. This might be the ideal soundtrack for a funeral.

The two longer tracks The Eye Of Every Storm and Bridges are even more experimental than the rest of the songs, adding sometimes plain weirdness to the overall soundscapes. While the band declared to have been influenced by old German krautrock bands like Can, Neu and Faust and new Japanese psychedelic master Acid Mothers Temple, you might as well feel a more mature take on dark music as has been tries by the likes of early Type O Negative and My Dying Bride. The opener and A Season In The Sky are two points worth listening to if you want to get the highlights of this album, but I suggest that this album is a must anyway for every Neurosis fan and also for those who like their music heavy, sad, melancholic, gloomy,... Welcome back, Neurosis!

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