Neurosis Are Insulated

By Jill MikkelsonWhen Neurosis first began in 1985, few would have guessed that they would become the beacon of progressive sludge. Beginning somewhere in between hardcore punk and vaguely thrash-oriented metal, ten albums later they are worshipped for their pioneering post-metal efforts and unwavering dedication to expanding their artistic boundaries. New effort Given to the Rising revisits the heavier moments of the 1996 classic Through Silver in Blood, incorporating the dynamism perfected on A Sun That Never Sets (2001) and capturing many of the softer, more melodic moments of 2004’s The Eye of Every Storm. Singer/guitarist Scott Kelly succinctly calls it "22 years in 55 minutes.”

After more than two decades, Neurosis remain an incredibly tight-knit unit. "That’s how we started,” Kelly says. "It was just a very small group of people. We’ve always been very insulated and purposely so. We don’t let a lot of people in.” They certainly don’t let a lot of people experience their massive sound in concert — they’ve played only a handful of one-off shows since quitting the road in the late ’90s. In typical independent style, that decision was made collectively, without great regard for its impact on record sales or career trajectory. "We had this very clear afternoon sitting in some parking lot,” Kelly remembers. "It was really strange cause everyone kind of got to the van with the same thought. We’re much healthier and much more focused than we were when we were touring all the time.”

Having finally parked the van, Neurosis makes their rare concerts visually ambitious and stunning events, while turning their attention to their experimental Neurot Recordings label. "It’s enabled us to answer to ourselves only, and [pass] as much of that as we can onto other artists.” It’s all part of their big picture artistic vision. "We want to leave a mark, a legacy of what we do.”
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Article Published In Jul 07 Issue