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  • I really liked the album but I guess they spoiled us so many times with massive albums that this one feels a bit too short. Still I think that every single second of it is very well crafted and sounds killer on vinyl.

  • I am soooo looking forward to this! Haven’t received the promo yet. Might be getting the LP if not receiving the files soon.

    Excellent, review and I liked that you linked Swans in it because they are a huge influence on Neurosis.

    Where would you rank it in their recent outputs?

    • Huck N’ Roll

      It’s their release I like the most since The Eye of Every Storm, although that one is an entirely different beast. Much easier to get into this one, and almost equally rewarding.

      • Listening to it right now. Really digging it so far. Let’s see how it grows on me.

  • pfk505

    Neurosis was my gateway band into the wonderful world of extreme metal, and I’ll always love them for it. Each of their albums is special in its own way, really looking forward to hearing this one.

  • basenjibrian

    Cool. Releases today. Off to my desktop for iTunes! !

  • Wez

    No mention of the flute. There was a flute on this, right? Great album, as ever

  • Reese Burns

    Can’t wait to get this one on vinyl.

  • drocmerej

    Nobody has mentionned that but … it’s a DR8 ! Almost unbelievable for a modern recording… BRAVISSIMO

      • drocmerej

        Yes I had seen that. A DR8 plus a 4/5 on AMG, it’s rare enough to give me a good reason to purchase the CD ! If only it was not an exception…

        • Treble Yell

          How scarred and battered are we from years of abuse from the loudness wars that an 8 average is seen as some kind of sonic revelation.

          • tomasjacobi

            Honestly, this album doesn’t need to be more dynamic. There’s room for everything and the drums sound full and weighty (if that’s even a word).

  • The Unicorn
    • Thatguy

      You sly bastard.

    • Bart the Repairman

      Hey, your style evolves! I see new means of artistic expression;)

      • The Unicorn

        I am but a student of your Jedi mastery, kind Bart the Repairman.

  • Thatguy


    No bagpipes I hope.

  • Bravo Huck! The production of this record is a real highlight unto itself. These guys are pros.

  • Treble Yell

    Thanks for the good write-up. Gonna buy this one. Small nitpick: while understandable it bugs me a little when headphones is posited as the best way to experience an album. As someone in possession of a relatively high-end speaker set-up AND headphone setup I can unequivocally tell you that both offer unparalleled views into the music. Yes, headphones offer very high levels of detail in comparison to average speakers but that becomes a wash once you get beyond a certain quality level. Everyone has their preferences of course and I won’t begrudge people simply prefering the intimacy of cans but man, there’s something transformative about hearing a Metal album played in anger on very good speakers.

    • Huck N’ Roll

      I don’t disagree, and enjoyed this one very much on my big stereo, and in my car, but in this instance (doesn’t happen a lot with metal imo) the immersive experience of the headphones trumped the volume through the “front of house.” :)

      • Treble Yell

        I’ll have to try both when I get my hands on it. I really need to get my dedicated headphone amp out of storage and replace some of the valves.

  • jolly cooperation

    Good to know I’m not the only one who thinks that Kelly’s and Von Till’s vocals sound basically the same.

  • Kevin

    Is this a review for a promo copy, and if so do we know if the final master will be the same as the version you listened to? Just wondering if the final version will have the same dynamic range.

    • tomasjacobi

      This is my copy bought on iTunes:

      DR Peak RMS Filename


      DR8 over -11.24 dB 01 Bending Light.m4a

      DR8 over -10.42 dB 02 A Shadow Memory.m4a

      DR8 over -9.74 dB 03 Fire Is the End Lesson.m4a

      DR9 over -12.34 dB 04 Broken Ground.m4a

      DR8 over -12.23 dB 05 Reach.m4a

  • Phantom667

    We can argue about a lot of stuff, AMG. But not about this one – this is a clear 5/5 and a strong contender for album of the year.

  • GardensTale

    I’m usually not one to go for the most extreme stuff, but it looks like I need to experience this at least once anyway

  • G

    If it weren’t for neurosis, so much other great bands simply would not exist!

    I hope neurosis gets the credit they deserve some day.

    S many bands have taken influence from this ground breaking band!

  • Óðinn

    New Neurosis. Fuck yeah! Thanks Huck.

  • Innit Bartender

    I put on this album on the crappy laptop, kept it low because the wife was at the other table and… surprise… I liked it! From first listen! I get Neurosis! Yay me! After sweating and struggling for years to no end to “get” Honour Found in Decay, a task yet unaccomplished, I put this baby on and… I like it! Man, it’s really true everyone has “their” Neurosis album…

    • Charles Quinn

      Totally agree. They’re a band I’ve never been able to get a handle on but this grabbed me immediately and I’m hoping it will show me the way in to the rest of their catalogue.

  • Belgian Tom’s Hat Trick

    I love a good long Neurosis journey, but, man, this shorter run time really works! Loved it from beginning to end. No matter what they do, they just don’t seem to know how to make a dud. Great job (again) Neurosis!