I use a lot of superlatives and grandiose language to describe bands and albums. I get really excited about good music and my intentions are always good (and in my mind every adjective heaped on a band is well earned!) One of the bands I get most excited about though on a consistent basis is Neurosis. So when I heard over the Summer that they had a new full-length album coming out I'm pretty sure I squealed like a little girl.
Honor Found In Decay is the tenth full-length studio album from Oakland's Neurosis and I have to be honest with you right from the get go - it's also one of their best. So I guess that's the first question for Neurosis fans (and metal fans in general) is where does this album fit in the pantheon on Neurosis albums? But part of what makes Neurosis so unique and so special is that each album is it's own beast. Every album is a singular and unique journey through space, time, and the voids between them. Honor Found In Decay is one of the best sonic journeys you're ever going to take.
What else can I possibly add about Neurosis that hasn't already been said, or is currently being said about this album? Perhaps no band in the history of modern music has perfected with their sound the dichotomy of good vs. evil, light vs. darkness, and chaos vs. order the way Neurosis have. Every note of every song on this album is so painstakingly crafted and intricately woven together that it forms a tapestry of stimulation that blankets every human emotion possible. It's as beautiful a piece of art as this band has ever created.
Neurosis has always carried around labels like "post-metal" (have I told you yet how much I hate that term), or "alternative metal" (this one too). Really, I feel like those terms are born out of laziness. I think there are few bands in this world that really do defy conventional labels and Neurosis is one of them. So if you want to label them "apocalyptic doom" or some such made up sub-genre then be my guest. For me this band and this album are more than what type of label I can put on them. Neurosis have once again crafted a mind-blowing aural display that simply just needs to be experienced, and as often as possible.