Souls at Zero

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Souls at Zero
Studio album by Neurosis
Released May 19, 1992
Recorded February – March 1992, Starlight Sound, Richmond
Genre Sludge metal,[1] post-metal,[2][3] experimental metal,[3] post-hardcore[4]
Length 61:15
Label Alternative Tentacles
Producer Bill Thompson, Neurosis
Neurosis chronology
The Word as Law
Souls at Zero
Enemy of the Sun
Reissue artwork
Reissue artwork
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[5]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[7]
Exclaim! favorable[3]

Souls at Zero is the third studio album from California-based avant-garde metal band Neurosis. The name was taken from a chapter in the book The Great and Secret Show by horror writer Clive Barker.[citation needed] The album was released in 1992 under the Alternative Tentacles record label.[8] It was later reissued in 1999 with bonus tracks on the band's own Neurot Recordings label.[8] On February 15, 2010, the album was reissued on CD and digitally with new artwork under Neurot.[8] On February 14, 2012, a fully remastered version was released on vinyl via Relapse Records.[9]

The album marked a dramatic change in Neurosis' sound, which was previously firmly based in hardcore punk. The shift was also evident on their contribution to the Dead Kennedys tribute Virus 100. The band embraced doom metal influences and experimented with elements of post-punk, folk, industrial, psychedelic, noise rock, progressive and gothic rock. Along with their subsequent 1990s work it established the band's unique style, highly influential to the development of post-metal and sludge metal.

In an interview the band stated that the cover art was inspired by the movie The Wicker Man. Since they could not afford to buy the licence for the image from the film, they created their own straw figure.

Track listing[edit]

Souls at Zero
No. Title Length
1. "To Crawl Under One's Skin" 7:51
2. "Souls at Zero" 9:18
3. "Zero" 1:40
4. "Flight" 4:05
5. "The Web" 4:55
6. "Sterile Vision" 6:20
7. "A Chronology for Survival" 9:34
8. "Stripped" 8:00
9. "Takeahnase" 7:56
10. "Empty" 1:36
Total length: 61:15
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Souls" (demo version) 8:28
12. "Zero" (demo version) 1:14
13. "Cleanse III" (Live in London) 5:38


Additional musicians
Technical personnel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Worldwide 1992 Alternative Tentacles CD
Worldwide reissue 1999 Neurot Recordings CD
February 15, 2010 Neurot Recordings CD, digital
February 14, 2012 Relapse Records LP


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  2. ^ Jahdi, Robin (June 24, 2015). "The 40 best post-metal records ever made". Fact. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Dawes, Laina (February 14, 2011). "Neurosis – Souls at Zero". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Grow, Kory (November 22, 2016). "Neurosis on 30 Years of Finding 'New Ways of Being Heavy'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ Norton, Justin. "Neurosis - 'Souls At Zero'". Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Souls at Zero - Neurosis". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Drever, Ryan (March 4, 2011). "Neurosis - Souls at Zero". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Hughes, Josiah (December 28, 2010). "Neurosis Announce Souls at Zero Reissue". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Neurosis: Classic Albums To Be Reissued On Deluxe Vinyl". December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2012.