MetalBite Review by Allan on 7/30/2002
While the tens of thousands of bands of all genre’s soak their feet in the waters of sedentary, conventional music, Neurosis
continue to shape their own definition of progression. You probably know about Neurosis
by now, or have some indication as to their orchestral song writing approach, dense musical landscaping, atmospheric drenched sound, etc. if you’ve read other Neurosis
reviews of mine. So with that in mind, in an attempt to reinvent my reviews of Neurosis
, I’ll try to lead you through the important, and not so important differences of this album to others. Oh, and in case you were wondering, “Through Silver In Blood”
is an apocalyptic musical opus of bludgeoning ideas and emotions that transcends many genres.
Each album hopefully has its own standout features that set it apart from another. “Through Silver In Blood”
has many of those features surrounding it, one of those being its interesting and unique atmosphere. All Neurosis
works have an interesting and unique atmosphere, though. What makes this one special is the fact that it’s so well rounded and thought out. It’s very plotting, with a likeness to a sleek, shadowed figure that lurks in the darkened recesses of the night. That darkness is very expansive to the atmosphere of the album, and to an extent it resembles “Times of Grace”
in that manner. This one has a more eerie, creepy, and frightening sound to it, though. “Through Silver In Blood”
has one of the finest overall atmospheres of any album I’ve come across, and it doesn’t hurt that it has a unique, interesting, and organic feel to it.
Next up in the line of the elements in “Through Silver In Blood”
that standout, is the performance of the vocals. What Neurosis
do is put together a tri-vocal onslaught, sometimes lessened to a dual-vocal attack, or even just singular, but it’s always uniformly powerful. The vocals are, as always, coarse emotional screams that are sometimes brought down to a haunting whisper. In turn, it adds an intelligent, multi-textural approach to the music that just begs for the listener’s attention and it gets it.
Lastly, the density found on Neurosis
’ next album “Times of Grace”
and many of their other works is loosened up here, creating an opening for the new listener to possibly grasp onto Neurosis
more easily. This is not to say that “Through Silver In Blood”
is more commercial or anything of the sort, because just one play of this album will attest to the fact that it’s not.
I just want to say one last thing. Neurosis
are one of the few bands that have the power to make eardrums bleed, make your heart skip a beat, and send shivers up your spine. When you listen to this album, no matter if it’s the first time or the fiftieth, it will consistently represent a seventy-ton warhead ripping through the air, or something similar in manner. “Through Silver In Blood”
is deeply gut wrenching, blood curdling, acerbic wall of music, and one of the best at that.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 10 out of 10