Neurosis
Honor Found in Decay


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
October 28th, 2012 | 861 replies | 44,931 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Honor Found in Decay" sees the band settle into a sweet spot, drawing influences from their vast and legendary discography to create an album worthy of the Neurosis name.

Surely, at some point in their long, storied careers Neurosis have felt an intense pressure or moment of weakness. After all, it only makes sense. A band can only perform for so long at such quality before things start to get trying. Yet for the last two decades the metal titans have made it all seem so effortless. High quality, genre defining records and releases are simply the band going through the motions. At this point, it is not only likely, but expected that Neurosis will provide a fresh and incredible experience with each new release. And as typical fashion, the Oakland post-metal outfit does not disappoint. Their latest, Honor Found in Decay, is as challenging and engrossing a record as they have ever produced and an incredible celebration of the band’s legendary career as well.

Honor Found in Decay is an album five years in the making, all backed with the hopes and expectations of an immense and devoted fan base. The last decade was a strange one for Neurosis, with the band exploring their experimental side more than ever. With A Sun That Never Sets, the band added strings and other instruments, all whilst providing a softer, more contemplative sound than before. The Eye of Every Storm followed suit, but with a heavy emphasis on ambiance and atmosphere, all adding up to the band’s most unique outing to date. Taking a different turn with Given to the Rising, Neurosis then plunged back into the sludgy abyss that gave birth to their fame. While describing the band’s history may seem a tad cumbersome, it’s rather fitting. Honor Found in Decay holds these albums closely, as each feels like it was adding up to this all-encompassing record.

Neurosis have delivered a painfully solid work with their tenth album, with lots of fat trimmed to ensure that not a moment is wasted. It ranks as one of their shortest albums, but one couldn’t tell that from lack of content. Honor Found in Decay is dense; a record filled to the brim with some of the band’s most impressive work to date. Things are all well and good at the album’s outset, with the first two tracks providing some immediate and engaging moments to completely immerse the listener. Yet it isn’t until “My Heart for Deliverance” that Neurosis begin to fire on all cylinders. The song chugs along unassumingly for much of the beginning, until a cathartic eruption blankets the rest with heavy guitar and crashing cymbals. An ingeniously used sample bisects the song, giving the piece a beautiful reprieve before and after the chaos. Certainly this isn’t a new trick, but Neurosis are masters of atmosphere, giving the song a one of a kind sound. Thankfully much of the album follows this example. Songs like “Casting of the Ages” and “All is Found in Time” share the same grandiose feel and are equally as impressive in their scope. While the closer could have been a bit stronger, it’s an easily digestible track that helps resolve the entire work.

Have Neurosis done it again, releasing yet another post-metal masterpiece? The answer is a mixture of yes and no. On the one hand the band have not disappointed with their tenth outing, as Honor Found in Decay is a beautifully composed album that stands proudly within their discography as a whole. More so than any record before it, Honor Found in Decay is the most intimate release by the band. Scott Kelly is finds a happy medium between his menacing yell and soft croon. His delivery feels more personal, with the band sounding similar as well. This only makes the intense dynamic shifts all the more noticeable, and all the more impressive. Yet it must be said that it lacks that certain punch that made some of their works instant classics. In many ways, this is the safest the band has sounded in quite some time, as settling into a sweet spot has made their sound more streamlined, but less risky and rewarding. While solid tracks in their own right, “At the Well” and “Raise the Dawn” feel like Neurosis by-the-numbers. Less exciting moments are rare, but when one is so accustomed to near flawless presentation, it comes as a bit of a disappointment.

Honor Found in Decay is a sure fire winner from a band whose contributions to heavy music cannot be overstated. While lacking the immediate and defining qualities of their previous releases, the album still manages to outclass its peers in almost every regard. It is a wonderful way to usher Neurosis into their third decade as band, inciting excitement as to where they will go from here.



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Jruined
October 28th 2012



1289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is actually growing on me more quickly than anything outside of TEoES. I feel like it's head and shoulders above
Given. Great album, great review.

NoMeansYes
October 28th 2012



1012 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012



16264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review Xeno, this album is excellent. I felt the review maybe talked a little too much about the band's previous endeavors and could have focused a bit more on what this album sounds like, but that's a small criticism.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



49807 Comments


You turned out to be the best/most productive staff member in such a short amount of time, damn man congrats


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Ignimbrite
October 28th 2012



5300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome review, awesome album.

Jruined
October 28th 2012



1289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crysis, are you close to Portsmouth around Nov 9th? Im going to be at Anthocon (horror/scifi/whatever convention) that weekend. I've got a few prints I'l throw at you if you are in the area. Not sure what the cost for entry is though.


Album is great. Not sure where the hate is coming from, well i know, but it's kind of like watching per-school kids getting upset about the fact that they have to take a nap. Amusing at first but then kind of tedious.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012



7323 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The album doesn't seem to have the same impact as some of their previous releases imo. Well. It still may grow on me. Good review.

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StarlessAnd
October 28th 2012



443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

staff mastering 2012, one severely overrated album at a time


mindleviticus
October 28th 2012



8171 Comments


Through Silver in Blood is amazing so I think I'll get this. Even though I haven't really listened to much of their other stuff

StarlessAnd
October 28th 2012



443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

listen to neurosis disco twice altogether prior to the release of their new album

explain the new album in detail

????

profit

skoopy48
October 28th 2012



1442 Comments


Man this is boring, I dont know I just dont see the appeal of this band

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2012



16264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Crysis, are you close to Portsmouth around Nov 9th? Im going to be at Anthocon (horror/scifi/whatever convention) that weekend. I've got a few prints I'l throw at you if you are in the area. Not sure what the cost for entry is though.


Unfortunately I will be working on the 9th well into the evening. Too bad, I still have those prints you sent me a while ago, they rule.

Duderino
October 28th 2012



827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2012



20656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules but not as good as their stuff before this

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Jruined
October 28th 2012



1289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crysis: I'll be there through Sunday. Let me know if you can show up.

Ire
October 28th 2012



41749 Comments


lol neurosis hate

DarthMann
October 28th 2012



13476 Comments


good band

Rev
October 28th 2012



9382 Comments


great review Eli



as much time as I've spent listening to their discog in the past, there's just something about them I can't quite my finger on that keeps them from completely vibing with me

Goatlord
October 28th 2012



405 Comments


It's ok.

Ignimbrite
October 28th 2012



5300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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