Through Silver in Blood
Here it is again, popping up in my head. Again, I start thinking of the day
when this whole damn world will be going straight to hell. But why? It
seems like a nice day outside. Ah, it turns out I have "Through Silver in
Blood" in my CD player, blasting all over the place, all the blinds in the
windows closed, and my mind set to the self-destructive mood. Yep folks,
Neurosis did it again.
This time, though, the band slammed the breaks all the way. The songs are
painfully slow, but also painfully heavy. It is the kind of deep heaviness
that absorbs everything around it. This album surely requires some patience
on the behalf of the listener, but once you let the music take charge, it's
totally captivating. The songs unfold slowly and then erupt like a volcano.
The length of the tracks like "Purify," "Aeon" or "Enclosure in Flames"
allows the songs to put the listeners into a hypnotic mood and then split
their heads with a monstrous blast. Elsewhere, the terrifying "Strength of
Fates" has got to be the perfect soundtrack of the world being destroyed -
unbelievably heavy, yet symphonic, the song goes straight to the gut. And so
do a couple of other, shorter tracks of the same gargantuan heaviness ("Eye,"
And let's not forget those creepy samples heard on the band's previous
releases. Here, tracks such as "Rehumanize" and "Become the Ocean" serve as
interludes, providing a needed break in the form of noisy soundscapes paired
with some processed spoken word.
I read an article on Neurosis, where their music was called "Oceanic Metal."
I can see why. The songs are like slow, powerful waves. Revel in them while
© 1999 boris