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The Eye of Every Storm

Neurosis

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Album Review

Neurosis have toned their bruising metal image down to more of an enjoyable, atmospheric musical journey. Although still containing punishing riffs on occasion, the group is intent on creating slow and melodic pieces of work, especially on the lengthy and melancholic title track. Clocking in at close to 12 minutes, the song opens with a methodical guitar and drum beat before its tempo ebbs and flows in a vein of possible progressive rock-meets-heavy metal à la Anathema. It's sonically scene-setting as lead singer Steve VonTill gives hushed vocals in the middle portion before letting loose near its coda. Another benefit is the throng of tension from start to finish. "Burn" veers from this format as VonTill tends to wail in a nu metal format. "Shelter" contains more a folk-ish, prog-driven Pink Floyd hue with mixed results. This mood is also explored later during "A Season in the Sky" which opens like a Southern metal homage to "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. Perhaps the highlight is "Bridges," which melds both soft and hard into a swirling crashing of styles for nearly 12 minutes. Neurosis conveys a purpose with each note, rarely seen among metal bands, whether light or brutally dark and heavy as this song evolves. However, other tunes are more urgent and almost Gothic, especially on the Wall of Sound coming from the intro on "Left to Wander." "The light has gone out today," the lyric goes as the song crawls along. VonTill and fellow guitarist Scott Kelly get into a thick slab of riffs prodding along brilliantly. Closing the record is the somber "I Can See You," another acoustic-driven song that, unfortunately, doesn't live up to previous tracks despite gaining momentum. An album whose title describes it perfectly — calmness surrounded by gorgeous yet brooding moments.

Customer Reviews

Cleaning out the excess

iTunes finally decided to upload this album, and I'm happy that they did. I think this album is a very important aspect of Neurosis' evolving sound. The musicianship is a lot clearer and easier to hear, while the vocals are intense. I don't know of any band or album that has such strong emotions. "A Season in the Sky" is the song that best demonstrates this emotional wave. Also, this album is interesting to compare to Given to the Rising, since it shares the same clarity. If you listen to Through Silver in Blood, you'll notice its harder to make out the sounds. The Eye of Every Storm is really Neurosis' calm before the storm of Given to the Rising, since this album is an indicator towards why and how Neurosis returned to heavy music again.

THE BEST

this is neurosis at their best. it is the peak of their career. if i could give it 6 stars i would

My favorite Album from Neurosis

This is a great album that can be somewhat mezmorizing and is deeply moving. I think it is their "slowest" album, but also one of their heaviest. They aren'y yelling at you in this one, they are suffereing with you.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Formed in Oakland, California in late 1985, Neurosis developed a style blending industrial, heavy metal, and alternative rock with often spiritually focused lyrics. Members Steve Von Till (guitar, vocals, percussion), Dave Edwardson (bass, vocals), Scott Kelly (bass, vocals), Jason Roeder (drums), Noah Landis (keyboards, samples, tape effects), and Pete Inc. (visuals) debuted in 1987 with the album Pain of Mind, but it took nearly five years for any follow-up to be released. Both Souls at Zero and...
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