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a r t i s t : Neurosis

t i t l e : Given to the Rising

d a t e : 2007

l a b e l : Neurot

c a t : NR050

g e n r e : Metal

r l s. d a t e : Mar/2007

t r a c k s : 10

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Neurosis

Given To The Rising ltd. CD/CD/DLP

Neurot Recordings

Neurosis needs no introduction. The Bay Area's legendary

masters of behemoth, psychedelic operatic guitar girth has

influenced a wide array of artists and nearly singlehandedly

defined vast extremes of heavy music popular today. However,

now in its third decade, Neurosis' latest album finds the

group's sound transforming yet again so dramatically that even

to diehard fans, Given To The Rising might seem starkly

different, a stunning reintroduction.

Given To The Rising is like being submerged in an isolation

tank -- it's enveloping, subverting the senses with surreal

visions we'd swear were our own, cleverly jarring and

disorienting consciousness beyond any footing in reality. As

any diehard Neurosis fan will tell you, there's a moment with

every new record and live show at which the band will stop as

if the world has frozen in position, then suddenly kick into

the primordial wail that we've all come to recognize as the

"Neurosis note" that forces the listener's head and shoulders

to lurch and sway almost uncontrollably. Given To The Rising

is Neurosis at its most captivating and hypnotic.

Put simply, the album is some of the band's most raw and

immediate material to date, but it is also more complexly

orchestrated and richly thickened with psych-damaged

overtones. Given To The Rising is more than a just a powerful

collection of songs -- it's more like a religious experience.

While personal epiphanies are repeatedly told by those who've

been converted by Neurosis' sensory overloading live show as

well as its recordings, there's a hypnotic quality to this

album that takes hold from the opening guitar squall of the

title track.

Once again recording with revered engineer and longtime friend

Steve Albini (as the band has for five previous albums,The Eye

of Every Storm in 2004, A Sun That Never Sets in 2001,

Sovereign in 2000 and Times of Grace in 1999), Given To The

Rising bears the band's signature crushing heft and cathartic

force. However, it also finds Neurosis delving into

increasingly psychedelic effects and twisted, inventive song

structures. Much of the dramatic lull of recent works is

forgone in favor of full-on attack. While it's reflective of

the band's signature aggressive pummeling, Given To The Rising

is not just an exercise in Wagnerian thunder. Neurosis instead

takes an exploration into psychoactive prog-rock and

eviscerating symphonic thud that moves well beyond anything

that might fit snugly within a particular genre. It's as

though the band has taken cues from such psych-noise

predecessors as Hawkwind, Faust, Skullflower and Chrome,

merged those elements with the sickening frequency assault of

Throbbing Gristle and then submerged them within Neurosis'

saturated sonic strata.

"We stand encircled by wing and fire" growls

vocalist/guitarist Scott Kelly, opening the album and its

title track, the band's heels already dug deep in the dirt,

blasting forth in all directions at once. It's as though we

join the battle already in progress, and by all means we have

-- Neurosis has fought hard to maintain its sovereignty not

just in the music business, but as a boundlessly creative

entity consisting of Kelly, guitarist/vocalist Steve Von Till,

bassist/vocalist Dave Edwardson, drummer Jason Roeder and

keyboardist Noah Landis. The band brought keyboards to heavy

punk. It brought experimental noise to metal. It merged

antique droning folk with Black Flag's desperation. All the

while, forging onward toward new means to explore the infinite

realms of catharsis and self-transformation, while myriad

bands simply follow in its wake.

The guitars grunt and groan like sinister beasts on "Fear and

Sickness", propelled by Roeder's clever rhythmic shifts

delivered by thunderous, rollicking tom beats that lunge into

half-time thumping kick drum and snare blasts. "To The Wind"

opens with a deceptively delicate, albeit forlorn melody

unlike anything we've come to expect of the band, which is

abruptly choked off at the 2-minute mark by one of the most

brutally sudden shifts of mood and tempo. A slight, barely

audible growl hints at the change to come, but when a wall of

chiming bent-notes and drop-tuned sludge guitars, paired with

a stomping beat erupt over the melody, it's truly monolithic

in impact. Edwardson slings heavy low-end distortion over the

top with howling bent notes adding powerful harmonic

overtones. But, perhaps the highlight of the song comes during

a brief respite, when Kelly lets out an astounding

29-second-long throat-curdling scream at the song's climax.

Von Till's rasping whisper sounds downright haunting over the

rhythmic churn and Landis' syrupy tones on "Hidden Faces"

prove ample evidence to the band's latest evolutionary step.

"Through eyes of the wheel I will see you coming," Von Till

howls, the band erupting in consensus.

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01-Given to the Rising [08:56]

02-Fear and Sickness [07:14]

03-To the Wind [07:38]

04-At the End of the Road [08:25]

05-Shadow [02:26]

06-Hidden Faces [05:33]

07-Water is Not Enough [07:03]

08-Distill (Watching the Swarm) [09:14]

09-Nine [02:29]

10-Origin [11:49]

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70:47 min

AWESOME!! :)

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It says March, so is it out yet?

You had a listen? Through download or anything. Will have a look for it tonight.

yeah got a promo release without watermarks! :)

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Got it last night and put it on iPod this morning. Had a quick listen on the walk to work. First song sounded like its off Times of Grace, second song sounded like its off A Sun The Never Sets, 3rd song sounded like Pelican, then 4th song was a nice drone into something like it was off Souls At Zero.

I'm liking it but need a proper chance to sit and listen to the whole thing.

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Album of the year by a fucking mile.
Debatable.

Acrnym - Flowers isnn't out yet. It's the only album, other than Terrifyer, I have actually sat waiting impatiently for its release.

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aye, I got this a couple weeks ago, and it is mind blowing!

Not what I was expecting at all.

Im gonna buy a few copies of the Limited edition version like. Only like 1000 worldwide or something!

Fucking ace!

Is definately up there for album of the year!

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