Given to the Rising

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Given to the Rising
Neurosis - Given to the Rising.jpg
Studio album by Neurosis
Released May 8, 2007
Genre Post-metal, sludge metal
Length 70:42
Label Neurot Records
Producer Steve Albini, Neurosis
Neurosis chronology
The Eye of Every Storm
(2004)
Given to the Rising
(2007)
Honor Found in Decay
(2012)

Given to the Rising is the ninth studio album from the Oakland, California band Neurosis, released on June 5, 2007. The album is available in a standard jewel case, a limited-edition digipak, and a limited-edition double LP, all with the same track list. Decibel Magazine listed Given to the Rising as the 76th best metal album of the decade.[1] A DVD documentary is also available from Neurot Records. The artwork for the album, designed by Josh Graham, is a mixture of photos from Heroes Square in Budapest and drawings inspired by the place. Coincidentally, singer/guitarist Steve Von Till and Josh Graham had separately thought of the idea of using Heroes Square as the artwork for the album.

Musical style[edit]

The album has been described by music critics as a more aggressive, heavier album than their recent previous output, showcasing a "more direct and hard-hitting approach", resulting in "their heaviest record since 99's 'Times Of Grace'"[2][3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club B+[5]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[2]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[6]
Rock Sound 9/10 stars[4]
Spin 4/5 stars[7]
Stylus A−[8]

The album received critical acclaim upon release. In D. Shawn Bosler's review of the album for Pitchfork, he described it as "their best album in a decade."[2] AllMusic's Thom Jurek praised it as "one hell of an album, better than anyone had any right to expect, and one of the high moments in a career filled with them. Neurosis have no need of caricatures or "more evil than thou" posturing. They are in a league of their own, and from the sounds of Given to the Rising, will remain there for some time."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Given to the Rising" 8:55
2. "Fear and Sickness" 7:13
3. "To the Wind" 7:38
4. "At the End of the Road" 8:25
5. "Shadow" 2:26
6. "Hidden Faces" 5:33
7. "Water Is Not Enough" 7:03
8. "Distill (Watching the Swarm)" 9:13
9. "Nine" 2:28
10. "Origin" 11:48
Total length: 70:42

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neurosis Biography
  2. ^ a b c Bosler, D. (June 20, 2007). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Neurosis: Given to the Rising". Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1058908
  4. ^ a b Kemp, Mike (May 7, 2007). "Neurosis - Given To The Rising - Reviews - Rock Sound". Rock Sound. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Burgess, Aaron (June 5, 2007). "Neurosis: Given To The Rising". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ Begrand, Adrien (July 12, 2007). "Neurosis: Given to the Rising". PopMatters. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ Gross, Joe (July 9, 2007). "Neurosis, 'Given to the Rising' (Neurot)". Spin. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ Lee, Cosmo (June 11, 2007). "Neurosis - Given to the Rising - Review - Stylus Magazine". Stylus. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016.