Nov 3rd 2011
NEUROSIS:
SOVEREIGN
 


 Review by: Metal Mom

 

 

1985 out of the depths of Oakland, California came the beginning of what is now Neurosis. A band that has gone through many changes and finally after 25 years of existence their sound has progressed to a doom metal with some influences from the dark ambient and industrial music with some elements of folk. A kind of psychotropic experience. NEUROSIS is regarded as the primary pioneer of this genre, not afraid to make it their own.

 

Look up the word Neurosis in Wikipedia and you will see that “Neurosis” is a class of functional mental disorders involving distress but neither delusions nor hallucinations, whereby behaviour is not outside socially acceptable norms. It is also known as psychoneurosis or neurotic disorder, and thus those suffering from it are said to be neurotic. The term essentially describes an "invisible injury" and the resulting condition. Some could say this describes Neurosis, especially with all their variety of styles, tribal sounds, pianos, and just the all around sense of impending doom.

 

Who makes up this band, well there is Scott Kelly (guitar/vocals/percussion), Steve Von Till (guitar/vocals), Dave Edwardson (bass/keyboards/synthesizer/vocals), Noah Landis (synthesizer/organ/piano/samples) and Jason Roeder on drums.

This CD “Sovereign” is a re-release of a 2000 issued album, with an extra track called Misgiven. So there are now 5 songs to be heard. This was recorded by Steve Albini at Electric Audio in Chicago, Illinois. The artwork on this album was completely redesigned and updated by Aaron Turner. Neurosis, has actually done a lot of re-issues, but I have never understood the remakes, I say just go on and create something new .

Now in all fairness, I am not the best person to review a doom metal CD. For one thing, I get bored if it is not an upbeat song, with doom I find myself doing other things on the computer, and sometimes missing maybe a good song. I tried a couple of times to give it a listen, but just couldn’t do it, this style is depressing for me. It reminds me of a stoner metal, get stoned, and lay back and listen. I am sure that there will be fans that love it, especially if they have following the band for 25 years. I am sure that it’s a great cd for doom lovers. So I will say don’t go by my opinion on this one. If you are a fan of the doom metal scene, then please, give it a listen .