Thursday, 12 April 2007
Given to the Rising
Neurosis' vast impact on the history of extreme metal is undeniable. So is the fact that their new LP, Given to the Rising, is their heaviest album in years
In 1985, Neurosis wrote a list of six bands: Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Joy Division, Amebix and Rudimentary Peni. Their names are monolithic. They’re all responsible for entire genres and subgenres. These were the bands that mattered to Neurosis, as much in their singular visions and all-encompassing aesthetics as their music.
It’s about an hour and 10 minutes of repeated blows to the head. Yes, Given to the Rising—released in May through Neurot—is heavy.