Best of 2017 Pick 3

Neurosis: Fires Within Fires (Neurot, 2016)

This band is on a 30+ year arc and the playing on this record reflects that.  It’s not a bunch of dudes standing and blasting full on raged out metal, although there are some epic head blows to be found here.  They’re tight, the arrangements are tight, and the playing is lean seasoned with heavy doses of old school punk, noise, and of course, metal.

The mood is dark but three dimensionally so — some nice ambient sections, a few contemplative less dynamic and even a bit of mainstream rocking.  The singer is neither standard metal pissed or shredding his throat.  Let’s just call him disgruntled.  Just a taste below.


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