Neurosis - _Times of Grace_
by: Adrian Bromley (
While this record has been out for a few months now, I am finally giving it a shot and reviewing it. This hasn't been and easy one to take upon as a reviewer. Since this record first came into my possession, I have been perplexed, disturbed and equally blown away by the band's continuing evolution as a truly harmful nightmare. With brutality served on a grandiose scale, Neurosis dig deep into their emotional bag of goodies and let loose a rollercoaster ride of feedback, distortion and widespread anger. It's not a pretty picture, but when has the music of Neurosis ever been heartfelt and shining with passion? Never. And that's the way it stands for _Times of Grace_, probably the most punishing release the band has ever served up. With numbers like "The Doorway", "Exist" and "Descent" keeping this runaway train plowing down the tracks, it's no wonder why Neurosis have garnered such press for the follow-up to _Through Silver in Blood_. It pushes the boundaries and musical styles a bit more, managing to ravage our psyche and bring down cascades of intensity upon our souls. This is powerful stuff and a truly gifted offering from one of the best bands out there today.
(article published 12/10/1999)
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