Neurosis, ‘Given to the Rising’ (Neurot)
As prog-metal bands multiply like flies on a rotting corpse (Isis, Pelican, Cult of Luna, etc.), these Bay Area vets produce the genre’s heaviest album since Bill and Monica. “To the Wind” Rolodexes their skill set, from a gorgeous, spacey intro that mocks imitators with its casual beauty to full-contact rock to Scott Kelly’s 29-second, senses-shattering scream. Track after track, pretenders to the throne are slashed and burned with detailed dynamics, elephantine riffs, and actual grooves. As Steve Von Till puts it on “Hidden Faces”: “I. Will. See you coming!” Your move, Tool.
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