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Band Photo: Neurosis (?)

Formed: 1985
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.

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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Live Video Of Mastodon Performance Posted Online

A live video has been posted online of Mastodon performing the song "Crystal Skull" at a recent show in Atlanta alongside Scott Kelly of the band Neurosis. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Mastodon Posts New Song, "Divinations," Online

Atlanta hard rockers, MASTODON, have revealed a brand new song, "Divinations," from their new studio album, "CRACK THE SKYE." The single can be heard here and will be available digitally from iTunes and all other participating digital retailers.

MASTODON has also been confirmed as headliners of the Scion Rock Fest in their hometown of Atlanta, GA on Saturday, Feb 28th, at the Masquerade. Other artists confirmed to appear include Neurosis, High On Fire, Boris, Torche and many others. The event will run from Noon to midnight.

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Shrinebuilder Finishes Recording Debut Album

US metal project, Shrinebuilder, have just completed their studio album. The album was recorded with Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) from January 9th through January 13th. Shrinebuilder's debut full-length is set for a summer 2009 release via Neurot Recordings.

Shrinebuilder is:

Wino (St. Vitus, Hidden Hand)
Scott Kelly (Neurosis)
Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep)
Dale Crover (Melvins).

Song titles that will be featured on the album are "Solar Benediction," "The Architect," "Blind For All To See," "Science Of Anger," and "Pyramid Of The Moon." More...

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Georgia's Scion Rock Fest Details Revealed

The Scion Rock Fest will take place on Saturday, February 28th at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will go from noon until midnight and attendees must be at least 18 years old. The line-up is as follows:

High on Fire
Wolves in the Throne Room
Harvey Milk
Toxic Holocaust
A Storm of Light

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Orange Goblin Confirmed For Roadburn 2009

British doom metallers Orange Goblin has posted the following message online:

" Orange Goblin will be appearing at next years Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland on Thursday 23rd April and the performance will be being recorded for a limited edition, vinyl only live album.
The festival lasts for 4 days until Sunday 26th April and other bands due to appear include Saint Vitus, Cathedral, Amon Duul II, Ufomammut, Wino, Colour Haze, Neurosis, Om, Solace, Negura Bunget, Motorpsycho, Skullflower and many many more still to be announced!!!"

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Neurosis To Bring Beyond The Pale Fest To Roadburn

Neurosis has been invited to bring their Beyond The Pale" Festival experience to Roadburn in 2009, being given complete freedom to invite all of the bands they want and set the lineups for each of the stages.

Frontman Steve von Till comments:
"The mission of Beyond the Pale is for us to honor the spirit and power of sound with people that we feel are kindred spirits. We want to bring together a diverse group of people who push the envelope, are truly original, and have that unspeakable fire and inspiration flowing through their art."

Scott Kelly comments:
"In our 23 years of existence we have had very few experiences that felt as right as our initial performance at Roadburn in 2007. Roadburn is a unique experience in the often disappointing and disingenuous world of music, it is a festival organized and run by people with a true passion and dedication to sound. In the spirit of this commitment we are proud to announce that the day of April 25, 2009 at Roadburn will be a rekindling of Beyond The Pale. We will be performing as well as curating the entire days events."

The organizers of the festival say the following: "Roadburn is very pleased to invite our spiritual brethren from Neurosis to host a European version of their 'Beyond The Pale' festival. We couldn't imagine anyone being more attuned to the atmosphere and energy of Roadburn than Neurosis, and offering them the opportunity to stage the first ever 'Beyond The Pale' outside of the U.S. is our way of honoring their enormous contributions to underground music as well as their iconic style and sound."

"On Saturday, April 25, Neurosis will have complete freedom to invite all the bands and set the lineups for each of the stages. Over the years, Neurosis has exhibited an amazing commitment and dedication to the art of underground music, something that we at Roadburn understand and appreciate completely. We are looking forward to the new ideas that they will bring to the festival, as we feel they are truly kindred spirits. We look forward to uniting at Roadburn 2009."

Steve Von Till comments further: "It is a great honor and privilege to have asked to host our own Beyond the Pale event at Roadburn 2009. Since playing Roadburn 2007, we could think of no better people to work with on this event than the organizers and promoters of Roadburn and the wonderful staff at the 013. Roadburn is a completely different experience than the traditional music festival. It is a small, intimate, extremely well organized festival, put together by people who love the bands, and thrive on creating a unique social vibe where the lines between artist, audience, and staff are often completely blurred."

"2009 also marks the 10th anniversary of our own label, Neurot Recordings. What an amazing way to mark our first decade as a label. I believe that Roadburn and Neurosis share a clarity of vision that will result in an amazing experience for us all."

Roadburn 2009 will run for three days from Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, April 25 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. There will be an additional afterburner event on Sunday, April 26, 2009. More info will follow.

Neurosis' latest album, "Given to the Rising," is in stores now.

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Mastodon, Neurosis Discuss Heavy Metal In Baghdad

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...

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Neurosis Announces European Tour Dates

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

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Neurosis Members Set To Release Solo Albums

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.

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Mastodon To Support Neurosis In Brooklyn

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...

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Neurosis and Converge Team Up For Seattle Shows

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)

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Neurosis Announce Two Gigs In Brooklyn

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.

NEUROSIS' latest album, entitled "Given to the Rising", was released on June 5. A mini-documentary for the CD, shot by NEUROSIS and Kenneth Thomas, can be viewed here. More...

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Neurosis To Tour Europe Spring 2008

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!

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Mastodon And Hatebreed Members To Be On Tinitus

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

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Neurosis Reveal 'Given To The Rising' Artwork

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
05. Shadow
06. Hidden Faces
07. Water Is Not Enough
08. Distil (Watching The Swarm)
09. Nine
10. Origin More...

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Download Neurosis' "Water Is Not Enough" MP3

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

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Slayer Confirmed For Norway's Hovefestivalen

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).

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Neurosis To Enter Studio In December

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."

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Neurosis Celebrate 20th Anniversary

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
Dave Edwardson
Josh Graham
Scott Kelly
Noah Landis
Jason Roeder
Steve Von Till"

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Scott Kelly Northwest Accoustic Gigs

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)

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