Neurosis is truly one of the most unique bands in extreme music
Rising from hardcore roots in the Bay Area in the late eighties
(the debut Pain Of Mind is very much a hardcore album),
the first signs of the future sound of the band began to take shape
on parts of The Word As Law,
and by the time of Souls Of Zero
(a masterpiece, one of the best albums of the nineties), their
transformation into something special was complete.
Describing their sound to the uninitiated is a difficult task --
they blend tortured vocals, tribal/rhythmic drumming, slow, dense
riffing, and sampling effects to create bleak landscapes of sonic
Personal favorites are the aforementioned Souls At Zero and
Enemy Of The Sun (arguably more metallic than the later material),
with the newer A Sun That Never Sets also an excellent release.
The live shows are quite an experience as well, with intense visual
effects that complement the music.
They've been virtually in a musical field all to themselves,
though in recent times a few bands have emerged with clear
(two fine examples are
Cult Of Luna
A highly talented and recommended band.