Today, Neurosis confirms the band’s invitation to perform at this year’s upcoming installment of the massive Heavy Montréal Festival, in Montréal, Quebec.
Neurosis is one of the latest acts to be confirmed for Heavy Montréal, having just been announced alongside the likes of The Devin Townsend Project, Sanctuary, Obscura, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation and more, joining the roster of artists already confirmed to play at this year’s event, including Slipnot, Faith No More, Korn, Lamb Of God, Iggy Pop, NOFX, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Testament, Nuclear Assault and countless others. The open air Heavy Montréal gala will overthrow Quebec’s largest metropolis on August 7th – 9th, and Neurosis will take the stage on the opening night, Friday, August 7th.
Prior to their Heavy Montréal debut, Neurosis will make their return to the brutalizing Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend. Running from May 21st through 24th, the band’s Neurot Recordings kin Yob and Ufomammut will perform the opening night of the event, while Neurosis is set to play the final evening, headlining the Edison Lot A stage, following performances from Skepticism, Winter, Goatsnake and Tombs on the same stage.
Additional Neurosis live actions will be announced in the very near future.
Neurosis Tour Dates:
5/24/2015 Edison Lot – Baltimore Maryland @ Maryland Deathfest
Parc Jean Drapeau – Montréal, QC @ Heavy Montréal
It is one thing to become acknowledged within your genre as a leader. It is still another to reach outside that genre, and become more than an artist, but a sage.
A sage is part explainer of the past, part philosopher and part artist who makes the future seem full of interest and beauty. No matter how long someone labors in popular music, they will eventually desire to become the village sage, because that is a position above entertainer. It is a trusted voice that is a guide for culture.
Steve von Till rose to fame with Neurosis, whose music he took far beyond hardcore into the realm of psychedelic and experimental music. With this re-issue of his solo album from 2000, we can hear his voice develop from rage and ambiguity to a desire to reform culture itself. This acoustic guitar album shapes itself from simple melodies and muttered, droning vocals melded into slow atmospheric songs.
As The Crow Flies attempts to create a folk music out of the postmodern time, having let the ashes of dystopia fall. These songs are sentimental and emotional, but not in the cloyingly insistent way that pop must be. Instead, like the music of Tom Waits or Dead Can Dance, songs try to nail the feeling of a particular time in life and galvanize us toward both clarity and an amorphous desire to surpass the past.
von Till carefully paces the album so that songs appear in a varied order, using additional instruments sparsely to differentiate themselves, such that mood is not broken but slowly changes like a banner twisting in a nearly-becalmed afternoon wind. These are songs both unexpected and familiar which wring out of our decaying age a new reason to believe in the emotional power of living, and that makes As The Crow Files a success of a different color.
Neurosis got a bad rap among metalheads because most of us got introduced to this innovative band at the peak of their career, when metal journalists and radio were pushing the metalcore trend and wanted us to consider Neurosis part of that movement.
The reality is more complex. Neurosis started out as a terrifying hardcore band with completely alienated approach to modern living, and has since then continued to grow and develop, forging a new style of hardcore-metal hybrid.
Music around them has tried to catch up, but when you’re ahead of your time as much as Neurosis has been (consistently) over the last two decades or so, patience is required. However, more people are warming to the radical sounds and ideas of this innovative band.
Of Honor Found in Decay, the most recent Neurosis album, has spawned a European tour worthy of such a vast musical effort.
NEUROSIS Honor Found In Decay European Tour
- 5/24/2013 Primavera Sound Festival 2013 – Barcelona, Spain
- 5/25/2013 La Grande Halle de la Villette – Paris, France w/ Swans
- 6/21/2013 Hellfest – Clisson, France
- 6/22/2013 Eurocam Media Center – Lint-Antwerp, Belgium
- 6/23/2013 Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
- 6/24/2013 SO 36 – Berlin, Germany
- 6/25/2013 Grey Hall / Christiania – Copenhagen, Denmark
- 6/26/2013 Betong – Oslo, Norway
- 6/27/2013 Byscenen – Trondheim, Norway
- 6/28/2013 Bravalla Festival – Norköpping, Sweden
- 6/30/2013 Palladium – Warsaw, Poland
- 7/01/2013 Lucerna Music Bar – Prague, Czech Republic
- 7/02/2013 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, Germany
- 7/03/2013 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, Germany
- 7/04/2013 Magnolia – Milano, Italy
- 7/05/2013 L’Usine – Genf, Switzerland
- 7/06/2013 Rote Fabrik – Zürich, Switzerland
- 7/07/2013 Eurockeennes Festival – Belfort, France