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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
The Eye of Every Storm
Neurot Recordings

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The Eye of Every Storm was placed on my Most Anticipated Albums of 2004 list immediately after I discovered its impending release. As I received it and began to listen, I had to pause to ponder the paradox that is Neurosis, particularly with the release of this album. Neurosis has been a band that, while bringing intense emotions and strong joy with their brand of churning doom metal, can also easily inflict nightmares. My introduction to Neurosis began with Times of Grace, the Bay Area bands '99 release, and as many great albums have done before, it led me to seek out prior material. Silver in Blood came next, and it was the eerie keyboards and growling vocals of Steve Von Till that led to fear, alongside waking nightmares.

The latest of Neurosis's albums has been unleashed upon the world, and it varies from these previous efforts, owing to the fact that the "evil" sound is toned down and the beauty takes precedence; it lends to an outstanding effort. In a word, it is saying something when a metal band creates one of the most beautiful albums of the year.

Each guitar stroke, every tribal drum beat begins soft and quiet, a calm before a storm, but immediately erupts into a maelstrom of organized chaos, unearthly sounds and intense sonic blasts. As a tropical storm develops slowly into a hurricane, Neurosis builds each song on riff after riff until you realize the blood in your ears is being tossed from side to side, rattling the brain. Only then is the title of the album realize as each song hits its eye, the quiet moment of contemplation, before the guitars and growling vocals take you back into the fray.

Have Neurosis built a new sound? Yes, but at the same time, they hang onto the shadow of what they were, not abandoning what they created, but growing and stretching themselves from a "doom" metal band and into a leading force in the world of beautiful art. Metal fans old and new should take a step outside their minds and enter into this lovely storm that Neurosis hath wrought on the world.

Reviewed by Jake M. Rizy
A contributing writer for LAS who lives in Arlington, Texas.

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