Tomorrow Neurosis release Honor Found in Decay (Neurot), their tenth studio album. It’s been five years since the hugely influential Bay Area-based band put out Given to the Rising, making this the longest gap between releases in their 27-year career. Neurosis recorded it with Steve Albini, sort of a band tradition going back to 1999’s Times of Grace—during their stays in his Chicago studio, Electrical Audio, vocalist and guitarist Scott Kelly often plays shows in town. Alas, Neurosis haven’t followed his example. They aren’t even touring to support the new record—on November 17 they’ll throw a release party in Oakland with Voivod and Yob, but that’s the only stateside date they’ve got on the books. Befitting their venerable status in the metal world (and probably as a direct consequence of the fact that members live in Idaho and Oregon as well as California), Neurosis tend to do “event” shows or big festivals when they play at all.
I’m most definitely not the first to weigh in on Honor Found in Decay—I only just got a promo copy on Friday—but after what I got up to at Saturday’s Halloween party, I’m not about to review another beer this week. (Plus Kelly has been sober for ten or eleven years, so it’d feel somehow disrespectful.) Instead I’ll pile on with some thoughts about Neurosis and my first impressions of the new album.