Neurosis - Given to the Rising CD
Now in its third decade of innovative noisy psychedelic-metallic thunder, Neurosis is more than a just a powerful band—it’s a religious experience. As such, personal epiphanies are repeatedly told both by those who’ve been converted by Neurosis’ sensory overloading live show and by those who’ve felt transformed while listening to the legendary quintet’s recordings. Given To The Rising is both reflective of the aggressive pummeling for which Neurosis is known, as well as an exploration into psychoactive prog-rock and eviscerating symphonic heft that moves well beyond what we’ve all come to recognize as the “Neurosis note.” Given To The Rising is like being submerged in an isolation tank—it envelops, subverting the senses with surreal visions we’d swear were our own, cleverly jarring and disorienting consciousness beyond any footing in reality. Just as any diehard Neurosis fan will tell you, there’s a moment with every new record and live show at which the band stops as if the world has frozen in position, then suddenly kicks into a behemoth wail that forces one’s head and shoulders to lurch and sway uncontrollably. Given To The Rising is a sound borne of that captivating and transcendent moment.