Sovereign EP - Neurosis
(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)
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I'm making a trip to the mountains today for fly fishing this weekend. I was trying to pick some good travellin music for the day. On the highway I picked "Who's Next" by The Who, and for the mountain roads I picked "Led Zeppelin IV". Kinda typical picks for each band, but great driving records for the enviroment.
I would add something completely different in time, sensibility, and style to cleanse you palate between those two, like sorbet.
yep...the cd did NOT cleanse my palate...the mood just got fouler and fouler.
maybe i should listen to some kylie minogue or somethin'
yeah I'm gonna need a palate cleansing for that hour or so between the 2 discs. hmm
That Neurosis is plain brutal - I can only take things that relentless in very small doses, an entire album seems like punishment. For that kind of mood I ususally would go for some hard industrial - the beat seems to provide relief: Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Frontline Assembly, Front 242, (early) Thrill Kill, even NIN
you're right eric, definitely brutal.
sometimes i'm just in the mood for crushing guitar.
ooh, Skinny Puppy....i used to listen to Too Dark Park in the early morning (5:30) at work. a definite eye (and ear) opener.
I love Too Dark Park, but when I'm in a particularly vicious mood, nothing works quite like their Last Rights. Turn this album up loud and it literally is an aural q-tip. So brash, aggressive, and nightmarish.
I also find that Godflesh works great for those moods where you need to pound on things.
And if you need stuff that'll rumble the earth with anger, Meshuggah is your thing. Man, that stuff is heavy.
Ooh, Godflesh, good one, but only the songs with beats - beats are the key to making the heaviness palatable.
Eric: I know what you mean. Godflesh lost me when they dumped the machines in favor of human drummers. That was their signature, those killer heavy beats and loops. What a sound. The period of Pure through Selfless is just pure intensity. The newly released Messiah is a great bridge between the two albums. Why this didn't see the light of day until this year is beyond me.