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September 23rd, 2012

Sunday Slaylist: A crash course in Neurosis

Neurosis 2012 promo photo Thrash Hits

A lot of new music has been getting us excited recently – in the past weeks, new music has emerged from the likes of Converge, Deftones and Pig Destroyer to name b but three – but nothing has gotten us quite so excited as the new Neurosis track that the band released into the wilds of the world wide web this week. Not only is ‘At the Well’ an killer appetiser for Honor Found in Decay, but it sent us spiralling back through Neurosis’ extensive back catalogue, to remind ourselves just why a) this gaggle of Californians are so important, and b) just why we love them so damn much.

Now making a Slaylist for Neurosis presented us with something of a dilemma – for starters, only three of Neurosis’ albums are available on the service – Through Silver In Blood, Times of Grace, and A Sun That Never Sets. Now admittedly, those are three of Neurosis’ greatest albums, but they still only represent a mere fraction of what this incredible band are capable of. Further to that, reducing Neurosis albums to slivers and slices of music, handpicked from out of the albums’ wider contexts feels like it would be selling both the band and those albums short. As cliché as it is, Neurosis albums need to be tackled as they are – as albums. Which is why this week’s Slaylist isn’t so much a compilation of our favourite Neurosis tracks, as it is an audio instructional for the uninitiated out there as to what they’ve been missing.

Spotify is available to most of Western Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out either £5 or £10 a month for one of Spotify’s premium packages, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify….sorry. You’ll just have to go buy some Neurosis records directly from the band’s online shop to get your Sunday fix of soul-crushing music.

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