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NEUROSIS THE EYE OF EVERY STORM NEUROT RECORDINGS reviewed by: Grim Gaijin

Track Listing
1) Burn
2) No River To Take Me Home
3) The Eye Of Every Storm
4) Left To Wander
5) Shelter
6) A Season In The Sky
7) Bridges
8) I Can See You
For some, Neurosis is an acquired taste. Their doom laden metal riffs mixed with ambient textures, haunting vocals, and enough darkness to fill a white room, Neurosis has consistently given us crushing metal albums since the late 80's. With each album, Neurosis gets more experimental, the songs get longer but the message remains the same - an ultrasonic delivery of metal that continues to captivate dedicated fans, inspire new generations of experimental metalists, and capture the hearts (and ears) of new fans.

The Eye Of Every Storm continues on that same path of destruction, albeit different in sonic delivery. The Eye is your typical Neurosis album: song lengths ranging from 8:00 to 12:00 minutes long. Soothing landscape intros, breaks, fills and outros, creeping vocals, and an all out metal riff assault. However, this time around, Neurosis takes a turn to fine brutal beauty in more acoustic parts, more clear vocals from Steve Von Til, and more melodic turns than ever before. Does this mean Neurosis have lost their touch? Not at all! Although softer than their previous releases, the brutality lies within. For example, in the title track, Steve emits: "Your trail leads to a mine of cyanide and gold. A free falling darkness leads you to yourself". If that's not dark and deep, then I don't know what is.

On The Eye , you can expect hints of "A Sun That Never Sets", "Times Of Grace", & "Sovereign" , but don't expect it to spawn raging tendencies. This is the Neurosis CD that you should put in your headphones, kick back in a chair, and relax in the brutality of it all.


--Grim Gaijin 11.12.04
About this Writer:
David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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