Reissue of Neurosis’s second full length album The Word As Law. Released in 1990 this was still a precursor album to the more avant garde doom laden band we know today, but they were still pioneering, mixing punk and hardcore fury with metal musicality and brunt. Remastered and released through Neurot.
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Extremely early crustings from Neurosis from back in the day when they in fact did not cut off the crusts from the bread that was their punk rock. ‘The Word as Law’ is a gnarly lil slab of quite shoddily recorded nonsense, seeing kinda silly growls coast their way over grumbling, head-scratching basslines, thrashy drums and deep belly shouts. This was Neurosis as a different kind of extreme, one that boasted its rawness and repetition, letting the incidental noises hurling outta the amps fill in the gaps.
Some great, funny riffs, too: I always have loved the way “the Choice” braeks into its second, bumpier passage, proving the band could at this point make great dynamic maneuvers without breaking up their songs. Even though the guitars are like, off the wall: many of these riffs sound completely out of place with the record’s dour and gruff tone, their movements gleeful and goofy, the bass lines bouncy against the metal squalor.
Did… did Neurosis used to know how fun was had? Wild.
7/10 gbar Customer review, 14th August 2017
Originally released in 1990, Neurosis' sophomore record 'The Word As Law' saw the band going through a transition between their early punk roots and eventually creating their own unique sound. While it tends to lean more on the punk side of things, there are heavy hints at their future style. Songs like "Double-Edged Sword" and the fantastic "Tomorrow's Reality" confirms that Neurosis were still rooted in the punk scene. "Tomorrow's Reality" showcases the unique dynamic between the two singers, something that doesn't feature as much on this album as it does on their debut, while the creeping atmospherics of "To What End?", plus the lingering guitars of "Insensitivity" and "Blisters" showed they were trying to do something atypical and new. This new direction would become realized two years later with their groundbreaking release 'Souls At Zero'. While it may not be their most enjoyable full-length, The Word As Law plays an important part of Neurosis' discography as they began to deviate from genre-based restrictions.
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