Band Photo: Neurosis (?)
From: Oakland, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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.
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After tomorrow, Middle Eastern relations will never be the same. No, the U.S. military is not gonna carpetbomb Iran (at least, we don’t think they will), there’s still no end in sight for soldiers stationed in Iraq and Israel’s definitely not signing a peace treaty with the Palestinians. Still, it will be a historic day for fans of Iraqi heavy metal since the film “Heavy Metal in Baghdad” will go on sale. An insightful, funny and emotional documentary film that follows the Iraqi band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day, “Heavy Metal in Baghdad” is both a testament to endurance and an affirmation of the strength of the human spirit.
“Heavy Metal in Baghdad” premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2008 SXSW Film Festival, the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and was screened at the 2008 New York Underground Film Festival. The movie was hailed by Newsweek, The LA Times and the New York Times, which said it was, “both a stirring testament to the plight of cultural expression in Baghdad and a striking report on the refugee scene in Syria” and added “this rock-doc, like no other, electrifies its genre and redefines headbanging as an act of hard-core courage.”
Videos of members of Mastodon and Neurosis discussing the film can be viewed here.
You can view the trailer for "Heavy Metal In Baghdad" below. More...
Read the full article at Headbanger's Blog.
Neurosis has announced plans to tour Europe in August. Details have yet to be finalized, but here's some preliminary information:
08/14 Warsaw, PL @ TBA
08/15 Josefov, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival
08/16 Kiewit Hasselt, BEL @ Pukkelpop Festival
08/18 Leipzig, DE @ TBA
08/20 Dortmund, DE @ TBA
08/21 Munich, DE @ TBA
08/22 Le Locle, CH @ VNV Festival
08/23 Ancona, IT @ Mamamia
Neurosis' two most prominent members will release solo albums in May via the band's own label, Neurot Recordings.
Singer Scott Kelly's second solo recording for Neurot is titled "The Wake" and will be available on May 5th. According to the official press release, "The desperation in his voice cries out in whispered pronouncements, conjuring an array of emotions from the deepest corners of listeners souls."
Meanwhile, guitar player Steve Von Till's new solo outing, "A Grave Is A Grim Horse," will hit streets on May 19th. This will be Von Till's third solo release.
Atlanta's MASTODON has been confirmed as the opening act for long-running Oakland, California-based industrial/alternative/metal pioneers NEUROSIS at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, New York on January 24 and January 25. A few tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
MetalKult.com recently posted an eight-part video feature documenting MASTODON's summer 2007 European tour, supporting their last release, "Blood Mountain".
Beginning in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 28, 2007, and ending on July 8 at London's Wembley Stadium, MetalKult editor Jimmy Hubbard hit the road with MASTODON as they played before audiences ranging from 2,000 to 70,000 people across across Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Greece, Denmark and Finland. More...
NEUROSIS and CONVERGE will team up for the following shows:
February 16 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (21+)
February 17 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (All Ages)
Long-running Oakland, California-based industrial/alternative/metal pioneers NEUROSIS will perform at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, New York on January 24 and January 25. NEUROSIS frontman Scott Kelly will also appear as part of a Seldon Hunt art show on January 26 at the Pussycat Lounge in Brooklyn. Also scheduled to perform are JARBOE, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, JAMES PLOTKIN, STEVE MOORE and INSWARM.
I have just received word from Neurot that Neurosis plans to play several dates in Europe in fall of 2008.
From March 31 through April 4, 2008 currently planned shows span four cities in Germany and one date in Prague.
Exact venues and supporting acts have not been communicated. More to come!
MASTODON drummer Brann Dailor, HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta and NEUROSIS vocalist and founder Scott Kelly will be interviewed on this week's "Tinitus" radio show, airing tonight (Wednesday, July 4) between 20.00 CET (8:00 p.m.) and 22.00 CET (10:00 p.m.) on Norway's P3.
"Tinitus" is Norway's most popular metal show with an average of over 60,000 listeners per week (1.5 percent of the country's population!).
To tune into P3 via the Internet, follow the instructions that are posted on the "Tinitus" MySpace page at www.myspace.com/tinitus_norway
Long-running Oakland, California-based industrial/alternative/metal pioneers NEUROSIS have posted the cover artwork for their upcoming album, "Given to the Rising", at this location. The band began recording the effort in December at Electrical Audio studio in Chicago with producer Steve Albini. "[We are] forging some strange, noisy psychedelic territory that is pretty disturbing," guitarist and singer Steve Von Till told MTV.com at the time.
Due on May 22 via Neurot Recordings, "Given to the Rising" features the following track listing:
01. Given To The Rising
02. Fear & Sickness
03. To The Wind
04. At The End Of The Road
06. Hidden Faces
07. Water Is Not Enough
08. Distil (Watching The Swarm)
10. Origin More...
The first MP3 from the upcoming Neurosis album, entitled "Given To The Rising," has been posted online at neurotrecordings.com in the media section. The song is called 'Water Is Not Enough.'
Here are the currently planned Neurosis tour dates:
SAT 4/21/2007 Tilburg, The Netherlands Venue: the 013 12th Roadburn Festival
SUN 6/24/2007 Clisson, Pays de la Loire, France HELLFEST
TUE 6/26/2007 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Club
THU 6/28/2007 Arendal, Norway HOVEFEST
SLAYER, MASTODON, HATEBREED and NEUROSIS are confirmed for Hovefestivalen, a new five-day festival which is scheduled to take place June 25-29 on the island of Tromøy in Arendal, Norway. More acts are expected to announced soon. More info here ( in Norwegian).
Neurosis will enter the studio this late this year to begin recording a new album. The band will record the effort at Electrical Audio in Chicago with producer/engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Mogwai) and according to the group, "The sounds emanating from the rehearsal room are frighteningly strange and not very nice."
Commemorating their 20th anniversary as a band, Neurosis has posted the following message to their Neurot Recordings site:
"20 years ago the month of December, 1985 we sat in a room and began a conversation. After talking for a couple of weeks we had constructed a vision of where we wanted to go with our music and how far we were willing to go to achieve our goal. We wanted to create a sound that would be shot into space and eventually come down in a million pieces to be found later by others who would understand as we did. We always knew that there was something else at work when we played music together. At times even our friends could hear it. It was something unknown and beyond our comprehension, but we knew its presence. Soon it began to drive us toward our first thought, our commitment, our sacrifice. The trials that we have been through in this time are untold, and they will continue as we are a driven force that will never stop moving in all ways. We have had the absolute pleasure of experiencing life and death in the purest forms. It is that experience that continues our evolution as a family and it is that experience which will bring us closer everyday to our truth. The path that was seen 20 years ago, the vision that we share, our children, our families, our friends, is all that will ever be to us. Our commitment has never wavered, our conversation will continue, and the music is still to be written.
In the spirit of sound,
NEUROSIS Winter Solstice 2005
Steve Von Till"
Scott Kelly of Neurosis is playing the following Northwest dates. All shows are acoustic. Scott will play material from Blood and Time and his solo record, as well some new acoustic songs:
FRI 12/16 Sabala's, Portland, OR
(21+, 9pm doors, 12am set, $7 tickets)
SAT 12/17 Manium, Olympia, WA
(all ages, 8pm doors, 10pm set, $6 tickets)
SUN 12/18 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
(18+, 7pm doors, 9:30 set, $8 tickets)
This fall Neurosis began writing a new album. The band continues to write new material and expects to enter the studio in the summer of 2006 to record the effort. The album will likely hit stores in late-2006 via Neurot Recordings.
Scott Kelly (Neurosis) will perform at Spacegallerysf in San Francisco on 11/17 w/ Mike Moraskey and Oxbow acoustic duo as well as two shows at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood on 11/18. Both the Knitting Factory shows are with also Oxbow (acoustic duo).
All shows are acoustic. Scott will play material from Blood and Time and his solo record, as well some new acoustic songs. Noah Landis (Neurosis, Blood & Time) will join Scott in SF. Josh Graham (Red Sparowes, Neurosis visuals) will join Scott at the Knitting Factory.
Scott plans to do some Northwest gis in Dec. or early Jan. More to be announced.
On November 1, 2005, Neurot Recordings will release the latest Tribes of Neurot full-length, called Meridian, as well as a new album of guitar psychedelia from Harvestman (feat. Steve Von Till). But you can get these releases now at neurotrecordings.com.
Harvestman, Lashing The Rye CD
"Traditional folk songs distilled and distorted into abstract guitar psychedelia - features Steve Von Till from Neurosis."
Tribes of Neurot, Meridian CD
"The latest album of beyond-damaged psych-drone by Tribes of Neurot (the experimental Neurosis project) is a return to the group’s ambient/noise origins that escapes the boundaries of genre."
Scott Kelly - a founding member of psychedelic hardcore band Neurosis - and Christopher Moeschl together have founded and launched Combatmusicradio.com, a new website born of a passion for heavy music and blood sports.
The first offering from Combatmusicradio.com (KMBT) is a weekly pre-recorded radio show called “The Show,” hosted by Kelly, focusing on past and present underground metal, punk, and noise, and news and interviews pertaining to blood sports. “The Show,” in addition to streaming, is available as a weekly podcast. The site also features written columns about music and blood sports.
“The goal of combatmusicradio.com is to create a platform where we can bring these two worlds together,” said Kelly.
A Reviews column deals exclusively with music-related items such as record reviews and live reviews, while the Blood Sports section offers news and reviews of events and athletes. Eugene Robinson, a practicing fighter who has been involved in the fight game for a number of years and has previously written for “Grappling” magazine pens the Damage Ink monthly column, focusing on NHB, mixed martial arts, and street fighting. Superjoint Ritual vocalist Phil Anselmo, an encyclopedia of boxing knowledge, is covering the sport for the site.
“Our ultimate goal with KMBT radio is too be streaming audio 24/7,” said Kelly. “We will also be looking for people who would like to contribute their own work to our programming.”
The first batch of names has been announced for next year's Fury Fest, which happens from June 24-26 at Le Mans in France. Among those bands confirmed to appear are In Flames, Neurosis, Suicidal Tendencies, Mayhem and Behemoth.
Neurosis will play another special live event on Saturday, November 27th at North Six in Brooklyn, NY. For more information, go to the venue website. This will be a special 2 1/2 hour extended set, a portion of which will feature Jarboe. There will be no opening bands.
The Brooklyn show is sold out, so if you are without a ticket for that show, and you’re able to make the short trip to Philadelphia, you can catch then at The Theater of Living Arts. There are some tickets left for this show, which will also be an extended set featuring Jarboe.
The next show in the series is in London, and then Neurosis is back on the West Coast.
SAT 11/27 Brooklyn, NY North Six
SUN 11/28 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
SAT 12/18 London, England The Forum
FRI 1/14 Seattle, WA Neumos