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ENEMY OF THE SUN

Neurosis

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.76 | 42 ratings

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UMUR
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4 stars Enemy of the Sun is the fourth studio album from Neurosis. Neurosis started out as a simple/ primitive hardcore act on their debut album Pain of Mind and their second album The Word As Law continued that style albeit a bit more sophisticated. But itīs with their third album Souls At Zero that Neurosis really began to experiment with a mix between crushingly heavy and doomy soundscapes and hardcore aggressiveness thus creating the post metal genre. Souls At Zero is a groundbreaking release IMO and I gave it 5 stars in my review. Enemy of the Sun is a bit different from Souls At Zero allthough the crushingly heavy and aggressive style is continued.

The music on Enemy of the Sun is a bit more doomy than on Souls at Zero and a bit less hardcore influenced. The experimentation is taken a step further and therefore Enemy of the Sun is a notable innovative step forward for Neurosis.

The album starts with the two great doomy tracks Lost and Raze The Stray. These are excellent examples of Neurosis at their best. There are lots of atmosphere creating samples in the songs which is a great feature IMO. There are both clean and aggressive singing. As usual the aggressive singing is done by both Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till. This is great as you get both an aggressive hardcore vocal and a deeper aggressive vocal.

Burning Flesh In Year of Pig, Cold Ascending and Lexicon seques into each other and really sounds like one long track. Burning Flesh In year of Pig is a sample intro to Cold Ascending and Lexicon which are very hypnotic noisy songs. Not my favorites on Enemy of the Sun, but none the less very interesting listening.

The title track is up next and Enemy of the Sun is part post metal/ rock and part aggressive hardcore. Great varied track.

Time of the Beast is probably my favorite track on Enemy of the Sun even though itīs in sharp compitition with Lost and Raze The Stray. Itīs such a wonderful doomy track that has some parts which sounds like a funeral march with violin and trumpet. Excellent and emotional.

The last song called Cleanse consists of tribal percussion, shouting and yelling and samples. The last eight minutes are agonizing for the mind as it is a sampled shout repeated. The ending is a bit useless, but on the other side it emphasises the cold and depressing nature of Neurosis music. Cleanse lasts for 26:34 minutes and itīs a bit trying after a while, but give it a couple of spins and Iīm sure youīll by gripped by the hypnotic charm of this song.

The musicianship is excellent on Enemy of the Sun. There are no fast runs or demanding playing but itīs not what Neurosis is about. Their music is slow and is designed to create a depressing mood. Sometimes itīs hypnotic which is very much due to the way Jason Roeder on drums and Dave Edwardson on bass controls the rythms. What a great rythm section they are.

The production is very masterful. The clean sound from Souls At Zero has been replaced by a more dirty and mean sound. Vicious.

Enemy of the Sun is an excellent album and even though I like Souls At Zero just a notch better this one is close behind. Right now I donīt feel that Enemy of the Sun is a perfect album though but it certainly deserves 4 stars for being original and for giving me an emotional experience. A cold and depressing experience but thatīs what Neurosis aim at. They succeed very well. Enemy of the Sun is highly recommendable to fans of slow depressive music.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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