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Neurosis

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Formed: 1985
From: Oakland, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Neurosis formed in late 1985 in Oakland, CA. The band was founded by ex-Violent Coercion members Scott Kelly (vocals, guitars) and Dave Edwardson (bass, backup vocals) along with Jason Roeder (drums) - Later joined by Steve Von Till (vocals, guitars) and Noah Landis (organs, piano, sampling) - accompanied by Josh Graham who does the visuals for their live performances, which were previously done by Adam G. Kendall.

At the time of their forming, they sought out a hardcore, raw sound - leaning on the punk side. Their first two releases were widely labeled as 'Hardcore Punk' - however, throughout the years, the band steadily progressed their sound into something that is nearly impossible to label, however, the most widely used term would be 'Sludge'. Neurosis had influenced a wide array of artists, the most notable ones including Isis, Mastodon, Gojira, Pelican and Cult of Luna. Many consider the band to be the pioneer of the 'sludge' sound. They were also one of the first bands to utilize custom-made visuals as an integral part of their emotional and energy driven live performances.

With the release of Souls at Zero, their third studio album (1992), the band started to slowly stray from the hardcore punk genre, going into more psychedelic and experimental waters while keeping the brutality and the hardcore sound that we have all learned to expect from Neurosis over the years. The album is a landmark for Neurosis, the band that pioneered the sludge sound into what it is today. It alienated most of their fanbase that enjoyed the punk sound that the band was previously exercising, but also introduced the band to a whole new crowd of people. The album was later re-released on their own record label; Neurot Recordings.

The band was signed to a number of different labels over the years, and at one point, they formed their own independent record label: Neurot Recordings which featured many critically acclaimed acts such as Isis, Red Sparrowes and Oxbow.

Neurosis members are featured in many side projects:
Red Sparrowes being the most popular one, consisted of members of Neurosis and Isis.
Tribes of Neurot is the bands alter ego, so to speak, it focuses on dark ambiental music.
Neurosis and Jarboe - A collaboration between Neurosis members and the former keyboardist/vocalist of the Swans; Jarboe.

Latest Neurosis News

Below is our complete Neurosis news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Neurosis Updates Tour Schedule

Following a recent declaration of an impending European Summer tour, Neurosis now announces new stateside shows as well as the band's first tour of Australia.

Still supporting the 2012 release "Honor Found In Decay," Neurosis will return to European soil this Summer. From June 28th through July 3rd, the Euro routing includes performances at both the Graspop Metal Meeting in Bessel, Belgium, as well as the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland, after which they'll plow through Germany, Croatia and Greece.

Exactly one month after returning from Europe, Neurosis will make its way across the southern Pacific, bound for Australia. The six-city Australian inundation will see the pack ripping through Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney between July 4th and 9th, with two shows scheduled in Sydney.

Neurosis has also been confirmed as one of the key headliners at Arizona's Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front. See the band live on these dates: More...

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Southwest Terror Fest Lineup Announced

The promoters of Tucson, Arizona's Southwest Terror Fest have finalized the massive lineup for the 2014 installment of the event. Behold: Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front!

On October 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th, the third episode of the only major multi-day metal festival to annually invade the lower western territory of the U.S. will bring an incredible collective of bands into Tucson.

Having stepped up the hosting venues for this year's gathering, the three main night's events will be held at the historic Rialto Theatre in Tucson, with the kickoff show on Thursday and each night's after show throwdowns taking place at nearby The District Tavern.

Headlining acts for this year include the unstoppable and ever-morphing Neurosis, lords of decimating drone Sunn O))), and riff rock kingpins Goatsnake.

The rest of the lineup is set to include a widespread mix of national and local bands, with Pelican, -16-, The Body, Eagle Twin, Baptists, Author & Punisher, The Fucking Wrath, Primitive Man, Blackqueen, Night Demon, Obliterations, North, TOAD, Secrets Of The Sky, Godhunter, Sex Prisoner, Sorxe, Twingiant, Spiritual Shepherd, Windmill of Corpses, and Conqueror Worm.

Actual day-to-day lineups, ticketing info/packages and more on Southwest Terror Fest III will be released in the coming weeks. More...

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Neurosis Headed Out On European Tour

Neurosis has announced more live shows in Europe this summer, continuing a voyage in support of the staggering album, "Honor Found In Decay." Newly revealed dates are as follows:

June 28th - GRASPOP Festival, Bessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Festival
June 29th - Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, Helsinki, Finland - Tuska Festival
June 30th – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof-Wiesbaden
July 1st - Jedinstvo-Pogon, Zagreb, Croatia
July 2nd – Astra, Berlin, Germany
July 3rd – Fuzz Live Music Club, Athens, Greece

Steve Von Till comments.: "We feel very lucky to be able to return to European soil this summer. This brief journey will mark only our second time in Finland, and the first time ever for Neurosis to bring our music to Croatia and Greece. How very fortunate we are to be able to perform there, see new places and meet new people. And of course it is always good to be with friends and family in Germany!"

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Neurosis Announces New Shows

Over a year since the release of tenth studio LP, "Honor Found In Decay," the unstoppable Neurosis has locked down two new performances .

The newly-confirmed duo of concerts will take place at the cusp of the New Year, both in California, and both feature very special guests. Neurosis will first storm into Santa Ana on December 28th, then occupying the band's Bay Area origin once again the next evening, performing in San Francisco on December 29th.

Both of these performances will feature direct support from Santa Cruz hardcore act Bl'ast -- recently reunited, and performing the first live shows in over fifteen years -- as well as mighty psychedelic doom trio, Yob. Additional opening support on the Orange County show will be provided by Helen Money, and the San Fran gig will showcase The Body leading off the night's actions.

Catch Neurosis live:

11/23/2013 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR w/ Tragedy, The Body, Atriarch
12/28/2013 The Observatory Orange County - Santa Ana, CA w/ Bl'ast, YOB, Helen Money
12/29/2013 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA w/ Bl'ast, YOB, The Body
1/18/2013 Metropolis - Montreal, QC w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
1/19/2013 Metropolis - Montreal, QC w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
5/03/2014 Temples Festival - Bristol, UK

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Neurosis Announces New Shows

This week, Neurosis confirms new upcoming live performances as the quintet continues to steadily infiltrate new audiences with material from tenth LP, "Honor Found In Decay."

These newly locked performances, set to take place on January 18th and 19th at the Metropolis in Montreal, Canada, will see Neurosis co-headlining the stage with Godspeed You! Black Emperor both evenings.

What makes the performances that much more special is the fact that the duo of shows will mark the first time Neurosis has performed on Canadian soil in nearly a decade-and-a-half. Tickets for these two shows are on sale now at this location and at the following stores at regular opening hours: Phonopolis, Sound Central, L'oblique, Sonik, Profusion, Atom Heart and Cheap Thrills.

Stay tuned for further transmissions as new live plans develop. For now, catch Neurosis live on these dates:

11/23/2013 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR w/ Tragedy, The Body
1/18/2013 Metropolis - Montreal, QC w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
1/19/2013 Metropolis - Montreal, QC w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
5/03/2014 Temples Festival - Bristol, UK

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Neurosis Announces New Shows

Following a recent special one-off concert at the H.P. Lovecraft themed NecronomiCon gathering in Providence, Rhode Island, the mighty Neurosis just confirmed two new exclusive performances on both sides of the Atlantic.

First up, Neurosis will perform in Portland, Oregon the weekend of Thanksgiving, playing the Rosleand Theater Saturday, November 23rd. This exclusive Pacific Northwest engagement presented by Mike Thrasher will also feature The Body and Tragedy, with a fourth act to be announced shortly.

Neurosis is also the first band confirmed to partake in the maiden booking of the Temples Festival, set to take place May 3rd in Bristol, UK.

11/23/2013 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR w/ Tragedy, The Body
5/03/2014 Temples Festival - Bristol, UK

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Neurosis To Play NecronomiCon

Fresh off a recent two-pronged European tour, Neurosis will congregate at a one-off performance in Providence, Rhode Island this Saturday, August 24th.

This special ceremony has been arranged as part of the city-wide NecronomiCon: a four-day convention exploring the works of H.P. Lovecraft and other past and present writers as an exploration of the intersection of science and art that lays at the foundation of the "Cthulhu Mythos" genre.

Neurosis will take the stage at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel to perform a massive set as part of the festivities, with support from avant/crushing solo act Lustmord. The early show opens with the 45-minute silent film, "The Call of Cthulhu."

8/24/2013 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI w/ Lustmord [5pm doors]

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Neurosis Gearing Up For European Tour

Neurosis' sprawling European tour in support of tenth LP "Honor Found In Decay" draws near, set to bring on the most intense touring schedule the band has embarked on in years, beginning in less than two weeks at the annual Hellfest in Clisson, France.

This year’s festival includes Kiss, ZZ Top, Danzig, Down, Morbid Angel, Twisted Sister and hundreds more. Neurosis will headline “The Valley” stage, with support from Sleep, High On Fire, Black Cobra, Pallbearer, Black Breath, Eagle Twin and others.

From there Neurosis will traverse the rest of the European continent for more than two weeks, bringing in special support acts in different regions including Dark Buddha Rising, Syndrome, Zatokrev, Terra Tenebrossa, as well as labelmates Amenra and Ufomammut on specific shows. View a new trailer for the tour below.

In addition to the European tour, Neurosis has confirmed a new stateside performance. The new show has been booked on August 24th in Providence, Rhode Island with support from Lustmord, the concert just one element of the city-wide NecronomiCon -- a four-day convention exploring the works of H.P. Lovecraft. More...

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Neurosis Reveals European Tour

Following sporadic live performances across the United States throughout the end of 2012 and first two months of 2013, today Neurosis confirms an extensive European tour in support of tenth LP, "Honor Found In Decay."

With a total of eighteen shows confirmed at press time, such an extensive continental tour is a rare occurrence for Neurosis. But from late May through early July the band will forge through Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland, performing at a plethora of festivals including Primavera Sound, Hellfest, Bravalla, and Eurockeennes along the way.

Neurosis released "Honor Found In Decay" worldwide at the end of October via the band's own Neurot Recordings, followed by a 2xLP version released collaboratively with Relapse Records. More...

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Neurosis Announces Support Acts For Upcoming Shows

As Neurosis continues to dominate audiences across the U.S. in support of tenth studio LP, "Honor Found In Decay," the band’s impending performances in Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas are now just days away.

Opening support for Neurosis’ show at Denver’s Summit Music Hall this Saturday, February 16th will be provided by locally-based instrumental heavy rock quintet Native Daughters, as well as folk/gospel-inspired Americana of Munly & The Lupercalians, featuring Jay Munly of Slim Cessna's Auto Club.

Neurosis’ Emo’s East show in Austin on Sunday, February 17th will feature opening support from Little Rock, Arkansas’ apocalyptic sludge harbingers Rwake. Direct support will be provided by legendary Houston-based noise/industrial punks The Pain Teens. Having only reunited for a Trance Syndicate label reunion in late 2012, the eclectic act’s special performance will significantly enhance the evening, as The Pain Teens and Neurosis have not shared the stage since 1991.

On the Summer solstice, Neurosis is confirmed to take part in 2013’s installment of the massive Hellfest festival in Clisson, France. The gathering runs from June 21st through 23rd, and will see Neurosis sharing the stage with Kiss, ZZ Top, Down, Bad Religion, At The Gates, Kreator, and hundreds more. More...

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Neurosis Gearing Up For New Tour Dates

The next round of live performances from the mighty Neurosis draws near, as the outfit prepares to invade the Northeast for shows in Brooklyn and Philadelphia next week.

Next Saturday, January 19th Neurosis will return to the historic Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, the venue the act nearly tore to the ground when last playing in New York with a pair of shows in early 2008.

On this trek the opening support for Neurosis will be provided by the scathing drum/guitar attack of ex-Khanate/Khlyst duo James Plotkin and Tim Wyskida on a new experimental venture in auditory torture.

The following day, Sunday January 20th, the quintet will devastate audiences in Philadelphia’s cavernous Union Transfer venue, marking the first Neurosis performance to hit the city since late 2004. Opening support for this special show will come from the solo act of John Baizley of Baroness. This will mark one of the very first performances from Baizley since before the massive bus crash the band has been recovering from since mid-August.

Opening support for Neurosis’ following live actions next month in Denver and Austin have also been confirmed, with Native Daughters and Jay Munly leading the festivities in Denver on February 16th, and the brutal billing of Eyehategod and Rwake kicking things off at the Austin show on the 17th. The band has also been confirmed for 2013’s installment of the massive Hellfest festival in Clisson, France. More...

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Corrections House Announces Tour Dates

Corrections House describes itself as "experimental/spoken word/acoustic + end times collaboration" and is the new collective featuring Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). The group today confirms a string a rare live shows.

The 19-date trek will commence on January 21st, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York and wind its way through much of the of the East Coast before concluding in Denver, Colorado.

Special solo sets by Parker, Lamont, Kelly and Williams will be performed prior to closing each night as Correctiosn House. Dates are available below. More...

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Neurosis Announces Vinyl Details For New Album

Neurosis continues to confirm new live actions in support of the band’s tenth studio opus, "Honor Found In Decay."

Following recent announcements on the outfit’s upcoming performances in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle, Neurosis has just proclaimed additional 2013 on-stage manifestations, with new shows in Brooklyn and Philadelphia planned for January, as well as Denver and Austin in February. Support acts for these new concerts are all being confirmed now, in addition to even more live performances.

The band has also been confirmed for 2013’s installment of the massive Hellfest in Clisson, France. The immense gathering runs from June 21st through 23rd, and will see Neurosis sharing the stage with Kiss, ZZ Top, Down, Bad Religion, At The Gates, Kreator and hundreds more.

A release date and further details on the vinyl edition of "Honor Found In Decay" have also been disclosed this week. This deluxe 2xLP pressing of the album will be unleashed February 5th in North America, February 8th in Germany/Benelux/Finland, and February 11th in the UK/World, via Relapse Records/Neurot Recordings, and will be packaged in a gorgeous Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket and accompanied by a stunning 16-page LP-sized booklet.

The audio was cut directly from the original studio master tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, which will be available in five different colors: 2000 on black, 1000 on translucent smoke grey, 500 on translucent yellow, 500 on translucent orange, and 100 on clear, not available to the public. More...

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Neurosis Announces Supporting Acts/New Shows

Following the recent announcement of several new stateside concerts in support of tenth studio album "Honor Found In Decay," Neurosis has added another city to the list and has began disclosing opening support acts on the confirmed shows. Performances in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Seattle were disclosed last week, and most recently Neurosis announced that Chicago will be treated to some sonic devastation on December 30th.

Atlanta will feature openers Rwake, Primate, and Neurot kin USX. The Chicago date will bear support from Bloodiest and The Atlas Moth. Opening Los Angeles’ gig will be Neurot’s Ides of Gemini and Neurot alumni Savage Republic. And the Seattle date will feature a riotous opening lineup including Stoneburner, Tragedy, and Black Breath.

Tickets for all four confirmed shows are available now, and even more Neurosis live appearances are being locked down to be announced in the coming days.

12/29/2012 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Rwake, US Christmas, Primate
12/30/2012 The Metro - Chicago, IL w/ Bloodiest, The Atlas Moth
1/04/2013 Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA w/ Savage Republic, Ides of Gemini
1/05/2013 Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA w/ Tragedy, Black Breath, Stoneburner

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Neurosis Announces New Live Shows

After splitting with the band's longtime visual artist, Neurosis has this week disclosed details on new pending live actions across the country in support of "Honor Found In Decay."

Newly locked-down Neurosis performances are now set to take place late this year into the first week of 2013 in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Seattle, with tickets for all three shows set to go on sale this Friday, November 30th. Even more tour actions for the group will be announced in the days ahead.

Following a recent release show for "Honor Found In Decay" in Oakland, this week the collective has traversed the Atlantic for two special U.K. performances, at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas hosted by Steve Albini’s band Shellac, followed by a show in London with support from Godflesh.

11/30-12/02/2012 ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas – Camber Sands Holiday Camp, England
12/02/2012 HMV Forum – London, England w/ Godflesh
12/29/2012 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
01/04/2013 Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
01/05/2013 Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA

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Neurosis Splits With Visual Artist

Today, Neurosis has released the following statement about changes to upcoming live performances and parting with the band's visual artist:

“As of today, after much thought and discussion, visual projections as we have presented them over the last 20 years will no longer be part of Neurosis live shows.

“We are going to begin the process of reinventing our live presentation. This process will begin at zero, allowing the music to speak for itself and lead us where it may. Whatever form or however long this may take is unknown.

“This also signals a parting of the ways with our visual artist of the last twelve years, Josh Graham. Josh’s tireless work and talent came at a time when we really needed it and carried us gracefully into the video age with original content we couldn’t have dreamed of when we were just starting out. Our parting comes from a place of mutual respect, friendship and understanding. We all agree that this is a step Neurosis has to take and are open to working together on specific projects in the future. We wish him success and the best of luck with all of his own musical endeavors and artistic passions. More...

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Neurosis Streaming "We All Rage In Gold"

“We All Rage In Gold,” the immense opening track to Neurosis’ anticipated "Honor Found In Decay" opus, is now streaming exclusively via Noisey, VICE's music channel. Stream the song right here.

According to a press release, "the six-and-a-half minute behemoth bears some of the most ethereal, organic resonance, as well as some of the most glacial, signature Neurosis riffs found on the new album."

The standard jewel case CD, limited edition Stoughton gatefold sleeve CD, and digital download versions of "Honor Found In Decay" will be released on the band’s Neurot Recordings in time for Samhain, in Germany on October 26th, throughout the rest of Europe on October 29th, and in North America on October 30th. Neurosis’ previous label home Relapse Records will be handling the 2xLP vinyl edition of the album.

Upcoming Neurosis confirmed performances are as follows:

11/17/2012 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA *Honor Found In Decay release show w/ Voivod, YOB
11/30-12/02/2012 ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas – Camber Sands Holiday Camp, England
12/02/2012 HMV Forum – London, England w/ Godflesh

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Neurosis Announces CD Release Show

As the tenth album from Neurosis nears release at the end of October, today the band has confirmed a record release show for "Honor Found In Decay." This all-ages release show will take place on November 17th at the Fox Theater in the band’s point of origin, Oakland, California, and will also feature opening support from doom wizards YOB and direct support from progressive thrash legends Voivod.

Presale tickets for this momentous event will go on sale today at 10am PST at this location and the general ticket link will go live this Sunday here.

Last week the second track from Honor Found In Decay, “At The Well,” was made public worldwide via National Public Radio. The track premiere preceded by a detailed visual trailer for the album created by Neurosis’ own visual artist Josh Graham and edited by video architect Kenneth Thomas via Neurot Recordings' YouTube page.

Set to see release through the band's own Neurot Recordings, the CD and deluxe download versions of Honor Found In Decay will be unleashed in Germany October 26th, throughout the rest of Europe October 29th, and in North America on October 30th, with previous label home Relapse Records handling the vinyl edition.

11/17/2012 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA *Honor Found In Decay release show w/ Voivod, YOB
11/30-12/02/2012 ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas – Camber Sands Holiday Camp, England
12/02/2012 HMV Forum – London, England w/ Godflesh

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OpEd

Five-Minute History of Hardcore and Metal Fusion

Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.

Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.

After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...

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Neurosis Streaming New Song

With the new studio full-length from Neurosis set to erupt in late October, today the first track of the massive "Honor Found In Decay" to be made publicly available has been set loose via National Public Radio. Experience the slow burn of “At The Well” via NPR right here. The following press release was also issued about the track:

"The pyroclastic surge of 'At The Well' coalesces the emotive and expansive elements of the act into a ten minute hymn, which helps reaffirm why Neurosis remain one of the most important heavy acts in existence.

"The fifth Neurosis album to be handled by engineering sorcerer Steve Albini, the hour-long Honor Found In Decay is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated albums of 2012. The seven tracks harnessed within this release capture the unit’s output at its most emotional and diverse yet, forming what the band members themselves are referring to as their pinnacle studio effort. More...

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