Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood CD (album) cover




Experimental/Post Metal

4.26 | 137 ratings

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5 stars This monolithic slab of molten post-metal is one of the cornerstones of the genre.

The historical importance and influence of this album is immense. Whenever I'm talking about post-metal with someone new to the concept, the two albums I single out are Through Silver in Blood by Neurosis and Panopticon by Isis. The former pioneered the genre and the latter defined it.

Peripheral considerations impact and context aside this is simply an epic, crushing and depressing album. The title track opener is a great snapshot of the bigger picture, repetitive commanding tribal drumming with long heavy riffs and desperate vocals. Doom metal is an obvious reference point but there is a lot more to TSiB in terms of atmospherics and structure, the path is often paved with massive building crescendos and eerie samples and sound effects that set it apart from doom and progress it further than sludge.

The greatness of this album isn't in its influence or revolutionary approach or any single part. It is the unifying greatness of the album that elevates it above the rest. This is not the kind of album you can pick and choose songs from, you really need to set aside a good 70 odd minutes and listen to the whole thing through to be taken on a post-apocalyptic ride of human despair as it was intended. This album has a high emotional impact and if you let it you will easily get sucked in to the misanthropic vortex and come out feeling pretty gloomy by the end.

Through Silver in Blood remains one of the great artistic statements of the relatively new post and sludge metal genres and continues to serve as both a guide and a benchmark for other bands who aspire to such heights.

FruMp | 5/5 |


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