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- Times Of Grace/Grace by Neurosis
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9/10 gbar Customer review, 14th November 2017
Neurosis' discography could be divided into three parts: The crusty hardcore beginnings, the dense progressive monsters they were for much of the nineties, and finally into the more sparse and folk influenced releases from 2000 onwards. 1999's Times of Grace saw Neurosis take their dense prog-metal as far as they could possibly do it. After a gentle intro, all hell breaks loose with "The Doorway", one of the heaviest songs Neurosis have ever done. 7-and-a-half minutes of huge, massive riffs and pounding drumming over some fierce vocals, it also shows the production (courtesy of Steve Albini) as a whole is far better. Throughout, the album drifts seamlessly from wistful ambience to primal rage, such as on "Descent" and "Under The Surface", the former being a weird interlude with bagpipes and marching band-style drumming, and the latter opens with a solid tribal beat and Steve Von Till's unnerving screaming, then the song starts to get louder than it started out being. Filled with atmospheric scope and grandeur, 'Times of Grace' is deep, poetic music that speaks on an almost emotional level that is rarely seen in most metal music.
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