Neurosis is one of those bands that isn’t for everyone. To some they are incredible and emotive. To others they’re just slow and boring. Without question, Neurosis is definitely not your “typical” metal band. With “Honor Found In Decay“, they continue their legacy of slow, brooding metal.
“Honor Found In Decay” is very much Neurosis. It holds true to their usual rhythmic, sluggish pacing that builds and builds. If you allow yourself to be pulled in, you can feel the music as it sits like a weight on your chest. Only to have it suddenly slap you in the face with a metal frenzy of guitars, pounding drums and gravelly vocals. Your usual Neurosis affair.
That’s the one “bad” thing I feel with “Honor Found In Decay.” It doesn’t offer much in the way of a progression for Neurosis. They didn’t “phone it in” on this album, but the album doesn’t convey any sense of them pushing boundaries or themselves. It’s really just more of the usual. Some people want that out of a band and some don’t.
If anything “Honor Found In Decay” is more mellow and more tame than previous efforts by Neurosis. No single track really stood out to me as a killer track. Perhaps, given the album title, that’s what they were going for. Something slow, moody, decaying and dying off.
That said, if you enjoyed previous Neurosis albums, I don’t see any reason why you would dislike “Honor Found In Decay.” It is a good album. Give it a listen and see what you think. If you didn’t like previous Neurosis albums however, this one isn’t going to be changing your mind.
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