Enemy of the Sun

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Enemy of the Sun
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 17, 1993
LabelAlternative Tentacles
Neurosis chronology
Souls at Zero
Enemy of the Sun
Through Silver in Blood
Reissue artwork
Neurosis enemy of the sun reissue.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com2.5/5 stars[3]
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]

Enemy of the Sun is the fourth studio album by Californian avant-garde metal band Neurosis. It was originally released on Alternative Tentacles in 1993 and later reissued on Neurot Recordings in 1999. The album was reissued with new cover artwork on August 20, 2010.[5] On February 14, 2012, a fully remastered version was released on vinyl via Relapse Records.[6]

The album opens with a sample from the movie adaptation of The Sheltering Sky. The same sample also opens The God Machine's Scenes from the Second Storey, an album released in the same year as Enemy of the Sun.

This album is the last Neurosis album to feature Simon McIlroy.

The track "Cleanse" runs for 26:35 on the original CD and the 1999 reissue. On the 2010 reissue, it was edited down to 15:54.

An episode of the TV series Home Improvement had the character Mark (played by Taran Noah Smith) wearing a T-shirt that featured the album.

Track listing[edit]

Enemy of the Sun
2."Raze the Stray"8:42
3."Burning Flesh in Year of Pig"1:37
4."Cold Ascending"3:44
6."Enemy of the Sun"7:33
7."The Time of the Beasts"7:59
Total length:72:21
Bonus tracks
9."Takeahnase" (demo version)7:44
10."Cleanse II" (Live in Oberhausen)6:45


Additional musicians
Technical personnel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Worldwide August 17, 1993 Alternative Tentacles CD
Worldwide reissue 1999 Neurot Recordings CD
August 20, 2010 Neurot Recordings CD, digital
February 14, 2012 Relapse Records LP


  1. ^ a b Heilman, Maxwell (September 26, 2016). "Neurosis brings post-metal back to its roots". The Chimes. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Gardner, Noel (October 8, 2016). "Neurosis – Fires Within Fires". The Quietus. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Pacheco, George. "Neurosis - 'Enemy Of The Sun'". About.com. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Enemy of the Sun - Neurosis". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  5. ^ "Neurosis' 'Enemy Of The Sun' To Be Reissued With New Artwork". Blabbermouth.net. May 26, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Neurosis: Classic Albums To Be Reissued On Deluxe Vinyl". Blabbermouth.net. December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2012.