For those of you who are already fans of Neurosis then you know how big of a deal it is that Relapse Records has repressed 2 albums on vinyl. Original pressings of any Neurosis album is hard to come by and greatly admired by your friends when they see one in your collection. Hardly any of their albums have ever been repressed, much less in this fine of quality………
“Souls at Zero” was released in 1992. It was their third full length and they made a definitive statement to the punk scene with this one. After releasing an album on Lookout! Records (known for blowing up bands like, um, Green Day), they moved to Jello Biafra’s label, Alternative Tentacles, which was putting out more hardlined and edgy bands such as NoMeansNo.
Fan of Neurosis and music critic Sascha Twenty-Nine-Teeth says, “It’s the record where Neurosis began to coalesce into the sonic behemoth we know today.” They began to move beyond punk, beyond hard-core and metal, and touched on brand new territory: the sound that would eventually become “ambient” or “atmospheric” hardcore. “While this record alienated many of their initial hardcore punk fans, in my opinion it stands the test of time better than their early material. This record bulldozes over obstacles where the previous material stomps,” continues Sascha. This reissue comes packaged as a double LP on heavy weight 180 gram in a gatefold package. Available in colored vinyl or brutal black. This is what it might look like on your bedroom floor:
One year later Neurosis released “Enemy of the Sun,” also on Alternative Tentacles. Twenty-Nine-Teeth says about this record, “[It] continued on the dark and crushing path that Neurosis started down with Souls At Zero. Released just a year after Souls, this record is tuned lower, slowed down, filled with more haunting samples and crushing dread. It’s like driving a burning eighteen wheeler through the darkest regions of the human soul. Listen to this and don’t shiver just a little bit. I dare you. [It's] crushingly heavy, less of the melody that they would illustrate in later work. ” Again, this album has been re-released as a 2xLP on 180g with gatefold packaging in either colored red vinyl or brutal black. The cover art has been redone, but the music is the same. Here’s what could be in your hands by the end of the day:
Both double LP reissues are $30 at Growler Records (open 12-6 Weds-Sat, and 10-4 Sun, 742 Santa Fe Dr, Denver). Plus, I have really cool Neurosis t-shirts – in black, obviously.
Lastly, even if you don’t have a record player, you’ll be excited to hear that in 2011 Neurosis themselves remastered their (year) 2000 EP “Sovereign.” By ’00 the band had formed their own label Neurot Recordings, giving them total control over their product. Rest assured that the reissue of “Sovereign” is the best sounding version possible. Get the CD at, obviously, Growler Records.