Neurosis (band)

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Neurosis live in Seattle, Washington in 2008
Background information
Origin Oakland, California, U.S.
Years active 1985–present
Associated acts
Past members
  • Adam G. Kendall
  • Pete Inc.
  • Simon McIlroy
  • Chad Salter
  • Pete Rypins
  • Josh Graham

Neurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music. They have released twelve studio albums, through Relapse Records, Alternative Tentacles and their own label Neurot Recordings.[6] In 2003 they collaborated with Jarboe.


Formation and early years (1985–1995)[edit]

In late 1985, Scott Kelly, Dave Edwardson and Jason Roeder (formerly members of Violent Coercion) founded the band as a hardcore punk outfit, borrowing from British crust punk like Amebix.[7]

In 1986 Chad Salter was added on second guitar, and in 1990, Simon McIlroy joined the band as a synthesizer/sampler. There have only been a few changes in the lineup of Neurosis' musicians since band's inception. In 1989 guitarist/vocalist Chad Salter was replaced by Steve Von Till, and in 1995 Noah Landis, a childhood friend of Dave Edwardson, replaced Simon McIlroy as keyboardist.[8]

With The Word as Law, Neurosis began to transition[9] from the hardcore punk of Pain of Mind to the more experimental sound of Souls at Zero, which would ultimately form the basis for post-metal.[10] Neurosis' signature sound came into full force with Enemy of the Sun, with The Quietus observing that "at the time few could have predicted this black hole of agonizingly precise metal riffs, unnerving backmasking, industrial folkisms and extensive sampling".[9]

Through Silver in Blood to A Sun That Never Sets (1996–2004)[edit]

In 1996, Neurosis attracted mainstream attention with its Relapse Records debut, Through Silver in Blood and subsequent tour with Pantera.[11][8] In 1999, Neurosis released Times of Grace, which was designed to be played synchronously with Grace, an album released by Neurosis' ambient side project, Tribes of Neurot.

In the early 2000s, the band founded their own independent record label, Neurot Recordings, which, in addition to releasing material from Neurosis and its associated projects, signed several other artists.[12]

Beginning with A Sun That Never Sets, Neurosis began incorporating clean vocals and acoustic instrumentation into its sound. Allmusic described this change as an "aesthetic sea change".[13] 2004's The Eye of Every Storm expanded upon this change by incorporating more slow moments and ambient textures into the mix.

Recent activity (2007–present)[edit]

The band released their ninth studio album Given to the Rising on May 8, 2007 through Neurot Records.[14] On this album Neurosis re-incorporated a more aggressive approach into their music once again, and the album was well received by critics.[15]

The band entered the studio in December 2011 to record the follow-up to Given to the Rising. The new album, entitled Honor Found in Decay, was released in late October 2012.[16]

The band performed at Roadburn 2016, with Brooklyn Vegan's Ian Cory writing that "once the house lights came up it was hard to justify watching anything else."[17] This was part of their series of shows performed in celebration of their 30th anniversary as a band.[18]

On May 5, 2016 relapse Records confirmed they were reissuing A Sun That Never Sets and The Eye of Every Storm on vinyl on June 17 with new artwork.[19][20]

Their eleventh studio album—Fires Within Fires—was released on September 23, 2016.[21]


From 1990 to 1993, Adam G. Kendall was recruited to create visuals and perform live with the band. Following his departure from touring, Pete Inc. took over the job, although Kendall continued to contribute visuals for the band until as late as 1997.[22] Kendall also shot the footage for the "Locust Star" video. Josh Graham took over live visuals in early 2000 as Pete wasn't "cutting the mustard" (in the words of Steve Von Till), and created album artwork for 2004's The Eye of Every Storm, 2007's Given to the Rising, and 2012's Honor Found in Decay, as well as re-designs for the reissues of Souls at Zero and Enemy of the Sun.[23] Graham and Neurosis amicably parted ways in late November 2012 via an announcement on the band website.[24]

Often experimental and psychedelic in nature, the visuals have added to the reputation of Neurosis' live performances. Many of the visuals for their tours supporting Through Silver in Blood can be found in Ken Russell's film Altered States. Other images are included in the enhanced portion of the Sovereign E.P, and on the A Sun That Never Sets DVD video release. The majority of the DVD release was directed by Josh Graham, with an additional video by Chad Rullman.


Neurosis have cited Swans, Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Black Flag, Hawkwind, Joy Division, Rudimentary Peni, Celtic Frost, Melvins, Die Kreuzen, Killing Joke, Amebix, and Voivod as inspirational.[22] Neurosis have also alluded to the work of Philip K. Dick, Ingmar Bergman, Jack London, Paul Bowles, and Cormac McCarthy.[25]




Side projects[edit]

Neurosis at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, Finland in 2009.
  • Tribes of Neurot - The "alter ego" of Neurosis; a collective of musicians that create dark ambient and noise music.[12]
  • Blood and Time - An acoustic side project of Neurosis with apocalyptic folk overtones featuring Josh Graham, Noah Landis and Scott Kelly.[12]
  • Culper Ring - A brief side project of Neurosis experimenting with dark ambient and industrial music featuring Steve Von Till.
  • Red Sparowes - A group formerly featuring Josh Graham, as he departed the group early 2008.
  • A Storm of Light - A heavy/drone/experimental/rock band featuring Josh Graham.[23]
  • Battle of Mice - A post hardcore band featuring Josh Graham.
  • Harvestman - an ambient/industrial side band featuring Steve Von Till.
  • Violent Coercion - pre-Neurosis Hardcore/punk band with Scott Kelly on guitar, Dave Edwardson on bass and Jason Roeder on drums.
  • Jesus Fucking Christ - A heavy punk/thrash band reminiscent of Pain of Mind-era Neurosis featuring Dave Edwardson on bass and vocals.
  • Kicker - A '77 punk/UK82 band featuring Dave Edwardson on bass and Pete the Roadie, former Neurosis roadie, on vocals.
  • Shrinebuilder - A stoner metal "super group" featuring Scott Kelly.[12]
  • Corrections House - A drone/doom/experimental "super group" featuring Scott Kelly.
  • Mirrors For Psychic Warfare - An experimental noise project featuring Scott Kelly.


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  2. ^ a b c Moffitt, Greg. "Neurosis - Times of Grace Review". BBC. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ Adams, Gregory (July 13, 2011). "Neurosis to Reissue 'Sovereign' EP". Exclaim!. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ Rosenberg, Tal (December 30, 2012). "Reader's Agenda Sun 12/30: Neurosis, a servants' tour, and Lawrence of Arabia". Chicago Reader. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
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  6. ^ "Neurosis". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  7. ^ Mikkelson, Jill (July 2007). "Neurosis Are Insulated". Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Bromley, Adrian (April 18, 1996). "Neurotics Never Know: A Chat with Neurosis' Dave Edwardson". Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  9. ^ a b Gardner, Noel (August 10, 2009). "The Quietus Looks Back At The Career Of Dynamic Metallic Neurosis". The Quietus. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ Norton, Justin M. "Neurosis - 'Souls At Zero'". Retrieved May 26, 2013. Souls At Zero was a game-changing album, not just for Neurosis but for the entire metal genre. It's one of the records where the rules were changed and a new order established 
  11. ^ Ehrbar, Joe (January 31, 1997). "Dose Of Neurosis Opening For Pantera On Monday". Spokane, WA: The Spokesman. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d "an interview w/ Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Neurot, Shrinebuilder)". BrooklynVegan. April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  13. ^ Kennedy, Patrick. "Neurosis: A Sun That Never Sets". Allmusic. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ Mikkelson, Jill (June 25, 2007). "Neurosis Are Insulated". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  15. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Neurosis: Given to the Rising". Allmusic. Retrieved May 26, 2013. There is an aggression here that seems to have been kept in restraint for a few years and has returned now to claim its proper place. 
  16. ^ "Neurosis: Title Of Tenth Full-Length From Musical Pioneers Revealed". Earsplit. August 13, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Roadburn 2016 Day 4 review & pics (Blind Idiot God, Neurosis, Ecstatic Vision, more)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Neurosis Announce Special 30th Anniversary Shows". Loudwire. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Neurosis reissuing 'A Sun that Never Sets' and 'The Eye of Every Storm'". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  20. ^ Records, Relapse. "Coming June 17th on Deluxe 2XLP". Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  21. ^ "NEUROSIS To Release 'Fires Within Fires' Album In September". June 21, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b Samudrala, Ram (October 17, 2000). "Interview with Scott Kelly of Neurosis". Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  23. ^ a b "An interview with Josh Graham (Neurosis, A Storm of Light)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  24. ^ "Neurosis Begins New Chapter". Official Neurosis Blog. November 27, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  25. ^ Hesselink, Jasper. "Interview with Neurosis". Lords of Metal. Retrieved July 9, 2008. 

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