Neurosis
Through Silver in Blood


3.5
great

Review

by Dancin' Man USER (40 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


Neurosis is a weird band. They are from Oakland, California and play a sort of progressive sludge metal with something else. I suppose I can’t call it post-sludge because it’s not. It’s some sort of genre hybrid but of genres that don’t exist. The Genre Nazi is not pleased. There are some tribal sounding drum bits like Metal Archives says, but not enough to through tribal into the genre and there are some ambient sections but not enough to be part of the genre. Stupid M-A. There really isn’t a whole lot of background to be found on these guys so I’ll just get started.

The album begins with machine sounds. Something that is becoming increasingly unoriginal but because this album was made in ‘96, it’s OK. The title track, Through Silver in Blood, has some of those tribal sounding drums and ambient guitar squeals and man, it is awesome. It’s battle music for a movie. It dies down a bit and changes but it is overall fairly repetitive. The super distorted sludge chords come in and you understand where the term came from. It is very hard to tell separate notes apart and only the sustained chords can be fully appreciated. The vocals are a sort of yell. A more old fashioned way of doing things. No death growls or barks or Gollum sounds, just yelling almost to a pitch. They are mixed low and blend with the music. It gets really cool when they are mixed lower but he yells louder and the guitars take over. It is a pretty cool song and an interesting sound. The song doesn’t really change a lot but it does just enough to keep it interesting.

Rehumanize begins in such a cool way. With a sample from a movie or a few movies it sounds like. It reminds me of Faaip De Oiad but less scary. Eye is a good song but too long. Neurosis seems to get a good idea, and then only use that one for the whole song. It does the aggressive pounding riff with yelling into an ambient little hum a few time through the song but it’s one of those things that work better when only done once. Eye runs into Purify which begins with a cool ambient hiss joined by a slow piano/guitar riff and other noises. The song picks up into heaviness but then drops back a few times. It is very cool. This song has the most changing and is probably my favorite. It has more than one idea laced in and does some really great stuff. It flows into Locust Star which is another good one and the short time (5:48) helps it to not get boring. It begins with more ambient noise and a slow guitar riff but also with those demi-tribal drums. The squeals in the background are also very cool.

Strength of Fates begins with some cool samples of what is I think birds and people talking but with so much reverb, delay and condensing that they lose clarity and just sound like noises. Again a slow guitar riff and ambience are in the beginning of this song as well as piano. There is a cool section with a super distorted guitar but it’s mixed really low so it becomes just sort of a filler noise. The vocals are also very good. This is a slow plodding sort of track that slowly builds. A very strange ballad I suppose. It doesn’t get to the loud distortion blasting until the last 2 minutes or so and it works very well.

Become the Ocean begins with more ambience and samples. This time it’s a religion speech it sounds like. The theme of this album seems to be evolution or progress or something. It’s a cool idea but a little hard to understand. This is a very cool and short track. It leads into Aeon which begins with a plinky little piano part that is slowly joined by soft drums and violin and eventually what sounds like a string quartet. It is a somewhat symphonic sounding piece (well, stringy but it has that atmosphere that symphonic metal gets). Then at 3 minutes the songs blows up. They seem to be yelling at each other (the vocalists). It’s a cool idea and fortunately doesn’t go on too long. The song has a cool mellowed out section in the middle that builds up into a black metal sounding spot with those tribal drums and synths and not a whole lot of guitar. It has this build but just as it’s about to explode, it goes back down. An audio parabola I suppose. It’s actually pretty cool and has a ton of tension because it never quite makes it. The song ends with strings and piano.

Enclosure in Flame has a dissonant slightly distorted guitar starting it then it just sort of fills in. It never really gets a lot of speed and stays pretty repetitive. The opening part doesn’t really leave, they just add more on top or take some away and change what’s there. It’s a cool idea but 10:19 of the same riff starts to annoy me.

This album is good, but not great. It gets repetitive. The middle of the album is really the height, tracks 4-7 are the core. I’d recommend this album to most people but I’d also tell them not to listen to the whole thing at once. It’s just a little much.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dark Hero
December 31st 2004


160 Comments


Ok I get the point, metal-archives owned me, woohoo!

Dancin' Man
December 31st 2004


719 Comments


Except for one thing....

The review they had, the person loved the album. It was mediocre. There is absolutely no background on these guys. I checked interviews, fansites and the official site. Diddly. Oh well.

Bartender
Emeritus
December 31st 2004


826 Comments


Good review, though this is just another Neurosis album that I don't have, so I can't comment much.

Dancin' Man
December 31st 2004


719 Comments


If you get on soulseek I have most of them. I don't know why. I like their stuff and about 5 minutes of each song, but half of the songs are 10 minutes long. It's popular stuff and helps me find people with fast connections and big shared folders. That's why I keep it.

Ornery Cephalopod
December 31st 2004


21 Comments


Pretty good album, but for some reason I haven't been able to get into Neurosis as much as somewhat similar bands like Isis or Pelican.

BuddyBigsby
January 1st 2005


531 Comments


I don't have this one either, but it gets a lot of praise.

Tarantino's Tarantulas
February 13th 2006


819 Comments


The title track and Purify are decent songs but, although Ive really tried to get into them, they have lots of repetitive bits or parts that dont hold my attention.
Love the last couple of lines they repeat at the end of Through Silver in Blood though:
"Don't crawl, seek his burn of war
When the fallout comes he is fire"

lethal dose
May 17th 2006


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i found this cd used a couple weeks ago for like 10 bucks....beat paying 20 for it like i had planned. I like how these guys made this cd kind of uneasy....just with this weird ambience, but that is why theyre neurosis.

Cravinov13
June 12th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

what happened to the rating, album art, and track listing?

Tyler
Emeritus
January 10th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nevermindThis Message Edited On 07.10.07

Tyler
Emeritus
January 10th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

post i was replying to was deletedThis Message Edited On 07.10.07

HotSalvation
April 9th 2007


258 Comments


somehow there's just nothing amazing about neurosis

HotSalvation
April 9th 2007


258 Comments


wikipedia has the most information I could find about them, like usual.

according to wiki the new album is already leaked, and according to soulseek wiki is right.

Brain Dead
May 6th 2007


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dancin' Man, I think you viewed this album in a technical light instead of appreciating the hypnotic repetition. This is absolutely perfect after three listens, and is well on its way to getting a five.

Slaapkamers
May 6th 2007


596 Comments


Awesome album

Ant0
July 10th 2007


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is sick, very sick, but great! :-)

Wizard
July 12th 2007


19612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just picked this album up today. Easily one of Neurosis best!

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Brain Dead
July 16th 2007


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

THE WILL TO POWER
ASCENCION MANIFEST
THAT WHICH IS ABOVE
IS AS THAT WHICH IS BELOW
THY WILL BE DONE
THY KINGDOM COME
ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
SO MOTE IT BE

facupm
July 17th 2014


8380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aeon is omg

jtswope
July 17th 2014


2447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is omg.



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