Neurosis
Given to the Rising


4.5
superb

Review

by myhigherpie USER (13 Reviews)
December 28th, 2010 | 27 replies | 4,104 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Neurosis have spent 25 years re-defining what it means to be a metal band, and Given to the Rising is doing nothing to change that.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

I wonder what the guys in Neurosis keep in their beards. If I were to guess, I’d probably say a back-up dose of kickass, which only leaves you to wonder: do they really need it? Seriously, for the past 25 years, they have been breaking down the foundation of extreme music and rebuilding it in their own image, influencing countless bands, starting a scene that now spans the entire spectrum of heavy music today, and have just generally cemented themselves as an indomitable creative force. They create music so dense that Opeth and Tool seem like a toddler’s merry-go-round ride in comparison, and crushing enough to force heavyweight stalwarts like Converge, Immolation, or any other band credited as being really, really exceptionally heavy, down to their knees. And they STILL have time to show off their sensitive side, often with a variety of minimalist, ambient passages puncturing the otherwise desolate, monolithic soundscapes of towering riffs and bulldozing drums that they so effortlessly create. Add in the fact that they are one of the most cult, highly intellectual, forward-thinking metal groups to ever exist and their inaccessibility to the general public (pussies), and you have a recipe that constitutes, well… a fairly large amount of kickass.

If I were to assign a metaphor to the music on Given to the Rising, I would say a valley, or a canyon, or a mountain, or something impossibly huge, steep, dense, and related to the gradual movement and shifting of the Earth. There is no nonsense on here. Just damn near over an hour of titanic, primordial mid-tempo riffs and the almost gorgeous, yet no less steep build-ups leading up to them. The album opens with its definitive title track with exactly that: the kind of herculean, mountain moving mid-tempo riff that has come to define their equally massive career. It’s a hook big enough to pull you and a seven hundred pound fish up with it. It’ll leave you stunned and mesmerized for the rest of the pummeling you’ll receive from the next ten tracks. But not so fast. After the back and forth motions of the main riff and a dreamy, ethereal ambient section, the title track climaxes with a frenzied fury of lead guitar over rhythm, making almost impossibly catchy melodies from the most the most unlikely source.

The next track, Fear and Sickness, is a schooling in noise manipulation. There is no solidity in its frame; just a constant stream of wailing guitar and repetitious, tribal drumming. The riffs rise like peaks and valleys over the constant stream of noise and the drums climb maniacally to reach the same heights. The next track is probably one of my all time favorite Neurosis cuts. To the Wind is gorgeous and ethereal, its atmosphere is melancholic and wistful, and the playful, dreamlike guitars fade in and out of solid, crushing, yet equally gorgeous walls of sound. The climax hits you like a sledgehammer, with Scott Kelly screaming in his most titan-like wail over one of the most towering, sky-sundering riffs I have ever heard.

The rest of the album is no less punishing or original. Hidden Faces has one of the grooviest riffs ever midway through the song that any metal head should be inspired to bang their head along to. Water is Not Enough feels desolate and thirsty, with vocal echoes and guitar wails, and climactic riffs adding to the atmosphere of, well… nothingness. Distill has some of the best drumming on the album, with furious fills propelling the music forward; a stunning feat when you consider just how large the riffs on that song are (or the album in general). Finally, the eleven minute epic closer, Origin, is a soft, sad, and gorgeous build-up that slowly, ponderously leads up to and teases with one, last, monstrous climax that will no doubt leave you utterly satisfied with the conclusion.

Given to the Rising is an odd beast in their discography. It feels like their early days of Through Silver and Blood and Enemy of the Sun. Days when Neurosis were a bit less for texture and beauty and a bit more for the crushing and powerful. But it also sounds like a record built from the wisdom and experience of a band much older than they were when they recorded those two albums. Given to the Rising is not a return to form, but simply the point where a band retreads old ground with new eyes, and creates something startlingly different as a result. In that respect, it can’t be understated that Given to the Rising easily makes a case for one of the best records in their startlingly groundbreaking career.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
myhigherpie
December 28th 2010



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So much more I could have said about Distill and Water is Not Enough. I love those songs so much.

and their lyrics too. Astounding stuff.

myhigherpie
December 28th 2010



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So much more I could have said about Distill and Water is Not Enough. I love those songs so much.

and their lyrics too. Astounding stuff.

ShadowRemains
December 28th 2010



19424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So um...TO THE WIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNND

yeah, good review, pos'd, album rules fuckin hard...yadayadayada

eternium
December 28th 2010



16206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Scott Kelly is the one that does the scream in To the Wind.

Good review anyway.

Digging: Thou - Heathen

Gmork89
December 28th 2010



5400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man, album rules. I was disappointed at the lack of Dave Edwardson's vocals however.

myhigherpie
December 28th 2010



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Scott Kelly is the one that does the scream in To the Wind.

fix'd. thanks.

eternium
December 28th 2010



16206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think Dave has done any vocals since Times of Grace.

Steve Von Till gets too much attention in Neurosis sometimes when people only talk about him as if he writes everything and does all of the vocals when Scott Kelly actually does a huge chunk of the vocals.

Gmork89
December 28th 2010



5400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dave's vocals are my favorite, although I like them all.

Burn2Burn
December 28th 2010



2378 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best albums of all time.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010



15976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great record by a great band.

Digging: Tiamat - Wildhoney

Relinquished
December 28th 2010



22313 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBGGjgt0ZcQ

will help you understand the album more

ShadowRemains
December 28th 2010



19424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

btw: nice to see you digging Hypocrite, Kyle

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010



15976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, that album rules. Still have to download their other one.

In that video, when it shows them playing live, the bassist is wearing a Corrupted shirt. So much win.

Gmork89
December 28th 2010



5400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Edwardson is the man.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 28th 2010



7224 Comments


Looking to get into Neurosis. Where do I start?

eternium
December 28th 2010



16206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here.

Dryden
December 28th 2010



12813 Comments


no dont its a trap

Apollo
December 28th 2010



10083 Comments


its a tarp!!!!!!!!

kangaroopoo
December 28th 2010



3175 Comments


great review, awesome riff in 'fear and sickness'

love the dark, eerie vibe throughout the album, especially in the 2 interludes and also the intros to 'At the End of the Road + Origin.'

Pyosisified
December 29th 2010



2450 Comments


good album



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