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Neurosis – At The Well [Track Review]

Posted on September 21, 2012 AT 01:11pm

In a previous article it was announced that Neurosis were set to come out with a new album titled “Honor Found in Decay, in due time.  Today they release a song from that album titled “At The Well” via NPR’s website.  The long and short of it, it sounds like good ol’ Neurosis slamming away with that perfectly suited Steve Albini production.

At The Well starts off with this really warm clean guitar and Scott Kelly’s one of a kind weathered vocals softly setting the mood before jumping right into these huge, distorted dirge-like riffs, plodding tribal drums and Scott’s pained howl.  It sounds like further confirmation that Neurosis have found something that works perfectly and stick to it with 100% effort while still adding new turns and directions.  The tone of the guitars remain restrained with minimal leads until about three minutes in where they kick the heaviness up a notch and practically wage war with harsh shouts and added cymbals.  It then eases up and adds what sounds like bagpipes to drift over the space that the guitars left. These bagpipes sort of remain there for a while as a haunting lead when the guitars and drums kick right back into gear and pummel you into a pulp.

It isn’t just guitars, drums, howling and bagpipes though. There are definitely added layers, like what seems like trombones and organs droning in the background during the softer parts of the song.   With a few listens these lesser noticed aspects, added by Noah Landis, makes itself a bit more apparent.   This all combined with an obvious feeling that these guys DEFINITELY know what they’re doing keeps the song, which runs at about 10 minutes from sounding boring.  They speed it up just a bit more with wilder drum patterns at the second half to add some much needed variety and really makes this song a nice treat for when the full album comes out.

Essentially, this song just plain kicks ass.

What did you think of it? Did you like it? Did you not like it?  Tell me about it in the comments below.

Honor Found in Decay is set to release on October 30th through Neurot Recordings.

I am a photographer for Depth Mental Photography and a metal vocalist for Redgrave Syndicate. I'm on twitter (@ReaperX_) where I can be found hashtagging ridiculous things. For DigitalNoob, I write music columns and some things that pertain to gaming. I like rubber ducks, Heavy Metal, sriracha rooster sauce, youtube vlogs, pizza and sometimes I tumblr. How are you guys?

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