Neurosis
Honor Found in Decay


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brendan M. USER (34 Reviews)
May 5th, 2014 | 10 replies | 691 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After two decades of continuous experimenting, Neurosis create their most straightforward record in quite some time.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

Chapter 10: All is Found in Time

Neurosis have been putting out records consistently now for quite some time. They started as a hardcore punk band, but soon afterwards they really became something completely different and unheard of. Starting from The Word as Law, Neurosis have constantly been experimenting with their sound to no end. Whether it be the frightening Enemy of the Sun, the folky A Sun That Never Sets, the sparse Eye of Every Storm, or the Sabbath-esque Given to the Rising, Neurosis have always been known to change. After a long, diverse career, what could they possibly do next? This time instead of moving somewhere else, they’ve taken a look back on their career as whole, which has some rather interesting results.

Honor Found in Decay is an album that is rather different for Neurosis. Their previous effort, Given to the Rising, showed them moving towards a more riff-based sound once again, and this album continues down that path. Another thing they pointed to was a culmination of all of their past work, and Honor could best be described as a look back on the many sounds of the band. Neurosis have always been known for their dark, dreary, and heavy sound which is perfectly packaged in here, with lots of dissonant riffs, shouted vocals, and dramatic dynamic shifts. This will either satisfy fans, or it will disappoint certain fans.

While Honor Found in Decay is certainly their most straightforward record, there are still new things to be found within. The vocals have certainly aged, with Scott’s voice sounding a bit more like a croon than his earlier shouts, as well as Steve’s vocals sounding similar. Dave’s growls have been absent for quite some time, and he still lays rather low for this release. The keyboard sounds have become noisier and somewhat symphonic since their last release, but it’s still what you would kind of expect from a Neurosis record. The riffs are still full of bends and drones, but there is a new level of maturity that shows signs of more folk influence. The production is also very raw, with little effects or anything of that nature.

So, Neurosis is at a good point in their long, twisted, and diverse career. They haven’t quite evolved, as much as taken everything they previously did and mashed it together. Honor Found in Decay is certainly one of Neurosis’s most accessible records, but it is still a rather long and dark album. Not too many bands sound this good in this stage of their career, but Neurosis continually prove that they’re relevant to modern metal. They haven’t quite crafted a masterpiece, due to some things that could be improved upon. For instance, the album isn’t much different than their previous material, but this goes both ways. Scott’s voice also isn’t quite as strong as it used to be, but he certainly gets the job done. So, Honor Found in Decay is a satisfying listen for fans, but it most likely won’t attract any newcomers.



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BMDrummer
May 5th 2014



6081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well, that's the end of my review series. I will get to Sovereign eventually though. I feel like this could be a 4.5, but I'll try to be objective since I'm a fanboy.

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BMDrummer
May 5th 2014



6081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, I've been meaning to try something like that. I figured if I went into something I knew I wouldn't like, it would be too hard write without bias. Now, what is it? I can't be too committed, but I'll see. Go!

BMDrummer
May 5th 2014



6081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Goddammit, but I'll try. Might actually do some Flips reviews, since they have a really diverse discography full of great albums.

emester
May 5th 2014



2839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice job with your discog review. Must have taken a lot of work

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oltnabrick
May 5th 2014



30622 Comments


Not really feeling the opening paragraph.

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BMDrummer
May 5th 2014



6081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Was a bit hard to write, but to each their own.

CaptainDooRight
May 6th 2014



28844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great job my friend. pos

this is a great album

BMDrummer
May 6th 2014



6081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album is underrated, and I don't understand why tbh.

Salvidian
May 6th 2014



752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can't stand the first paragraph but rest is good. Pos.

BMDrummer
May 6th 2014



6081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lol Maybe I'll fix that.



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