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ENEMY OF THE SUN

Neurosis

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3.76 | 32 ratings | 4 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lost 9:41
2. Raze The Stray 8:41
3. Burning Flesh In Year Of Pig 1:37
4. Cold Ascending 4:35
5. Lexicon 5:41
6. Enemy Of The Sun 7:33
7. Time Of The Beasts 7:59
8. Cleanse 26:34

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Line-up / Musicians

Scott Kelly / guitars, vocals
Steve Von Till / guitars, vocals
Dave Edwardson / bass
Jason Roeder / drums
Simon McIlroy / keyboards

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3.76
(32 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
31%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
38%
Good, but non-essential (16%)
16%
Collectors/fans only (9%)
9%
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)
6%

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Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Enemy of the Sun is the fourth studio album from Neurosis. Neurosis started out as a simple/ primitive hardcore act on their debut album Pain of Mind and their second album The Word As Law continued that style albeit a bit more sophisticated. But itīs with their third album Souls At Zero that Neurosis really began to experiment with a mix between crushingly heavy and doomy soundscapes and hardcore aggressiveness thus creating the post metal genre. Souls At Zero is a groundbreaking release IMO and I gave it 5 stars in my review. Enemy of the Sun is a bit different from Souls At Zero allthough the crushingly heavy and aggressive style is continued.

The music on Enemy of the Sun is a bit more doomy than on Souls at Zero and a bit less hardcore influenced. The experimentation is taken a step further and therefore Enemy of the Sun is a notable innovative step forward for Neurosis.

The album starts with the two great doomy tracks Lost and Raze The Stray. These are excellent examples of Neurosis at their best. There are lots of atmosphere creating samples in the songs which is a great feature IMO. There are both clean and aggressive singing. As usual the aggressive singing is done by both Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till. This is great as you get both an aggressive hardcore vocal and a deeper aggressive vocal.

Burning Flesh In Year of Pig, Cold Ascending and Lexicon seques into each other and really sounds like one long track. Burning Flesh In year of Pig is a sample intro to Cold Ascending and Lexicon which are very hypnotic noisy songs. Not my favorites on Enemy of the Sun, but none the less very interesting listening.

The title track is up next and Enemy of the Sun is part post metal/ rock and part aggressive hardcore. Great varied track.

Time of the Beast is probably my favorite track on Enemy of the Sun even though itīs in sharp compitition with Lost and Raze The Stray. Itīs such a wonderful doomy track that has some parts which sounds like a funeral march with violin and trumpet. Excellent and emotional.

The last song called Cleanse consists of tribal percussion, shouting and yelling and samples. The last eight minutes are agonizing for the mind as it is a sampled shout repeated. The ending is a bit useless, but on the other side it emphasises the cold and depressing nature of Neurosis music. Cleanse lasts for 26:34 minutes and itīs a bit trying after a while, but give it a couple of spins and Iīm sure youīll by gripped by the hypnotic charm of this song.

The musicianship is excellent on Enemy of the Sun. There are no fast runs or demanding playing but itīs not what Neurosis is about. Their music is slow and is designed to create a depressing mood. Sometimes itīs hypnotic which is very much due to the way Jason Roeder on drums and Dave Edwardson on bass controls the rythms. What a great rythm section they are.

The production is very masterful. The clean sound from Souls At Zero has been replaced by a more dirty and mean sound. Vicious.

Enemy of the Sun is an excellent album and even though I like Souls At Zero just a notch better this one is close behind. Right now I donīt feel that Enemy of the Sun is a perfect album though but it certainly deserves 4 stars for being original and for giving me an emotional experience. A cold and depressing experience but thatīs what Neurosis aim at. They succeed very well. Enemy of the Sun is highly recommendable to fans of slow depressive music.

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Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
4 stars Dark, powerful, ground-breaking and intense for some, soulless and noisy for others. There's not much of an inbetween position when it comes to Neurosis. And concluding from the masses of reviews here, it's quite obvious where most prog fans stand is this matter.

Neurosis' 4th album is a newt important step away from their thrash and hard-core roots. In fact, Enemy of the Sun is their first album that I would place in the sludge/doom style that they have become famous for. It's a particularly dense and difficult album, having next to no melody, a pace that has become so slow that it is mostly nothing but a slowly grinding pulse, loud and dead-heavy guitar dissonance and big distorted bass lines that whirl through the colossal dirty sound. There are also some more up-beat sections where they unleash their wild tribal beats. Combined with the thunderous bass it makes for a gripping listen. This isn't music you play in the background, it's demanding and compulsive. The album ends with a 26 minute experimental piece, half of which consisting of repetitive tribal drumming and the other half of noisy samples. After the 45 preceding minutes of sonic assault, it's too much really as it fails to stir the entrancing effect that it was meant to produce.

Overall, this is an astonishing album that redefines challenging and that makes words like 'listening pleasure' and 'enjoyment' awkwardly alien when you return to earth after spending more then an hour in this barren wasteland. Due to the overindulgent closing track, it's slightly less effective then the two masterpieces around it, but it sure is an exceptional and defining album.

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Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010

Review by EatThatPhonebook
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3 stars 6/10

"Enemy Of The Sun" has high ambitions, but less effective results.

After the successful and amazingly done "Souls At Zero", Neurosis takes a step forward with "Enemy Of The Sun" the following year with higher ambitions, but with a lot less effective results, unfortunately.

"Enemy Of The Sun" is a step forward because it is overall more experimental than the previous album, exploring a lot of new sounds; there's more sampling, there's a very interesting tribal vibe thanks to the more tom-focused drums, there's a much wider and open sound, abandoning the claustrophobic feel in "Souls At Zero" and using effects such as reverb; this sound will be perfected with the following album "Through Silver In Blood". However, besides these things, the music does have a lot of things in common with the previous album, thus it feels like "Enemy Of The Sun" is its natural continuation.

But this album does not have the exciting, ear-dragging feel I hoped for. As a matter of fact, I get bored after the first songs, which aren't bad at all. The melodies just aren't doing it for me most of the time, and the face-melting sound that Neurosis is so famous for is just not here, even though it attempts to be present. Even the instrumentation feels like its held down a bit, and the production isn't really helping.

I cannot deny though that interesting moments are present, especially in the first half: the opener "Lost" is a mysterious, nine minute piece that is smothered in a pretty cool atmosphere, just like the even better track "Raze The Stray", which features a beautiful female vocal in the intro and along some parts that follow. "Lexicon" is also an interesting track, probably the most hypnotizing song off the album. But the title track and "The Time Of The Beasts" don't say much for me at all, and the final track "Cleanse", which is fifteen minutes in some versions of the album, but I have the twenty six minute version, is just boring, wannabe tribal drumming that occasionally changes a bit, until it reaches the fourteenth minute, where an annoying vocal loop repeats itself for ten, unbearably long minutes.

Overall, the album is pretty good, but its barely saved by those few tracks in the beginning of the album; It has a few dull moments that I surely do not want to revisit for a while. I recommend it to the fans of the genre and of Neurosis, but not to anybody else.

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Posted Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars NEUROSIS has become one of my favorite bands of all time. What I love about them is their ability to give every album its own personality and sound while keeping the basic doomy sludge metal sound that they are known for. On their 4th album ENEMY OF THE SUN they continue the post metal sludge that they invented on their previous album 'Souls At Zero' but they created a more atmospheric piece this time around relying heavily on introductory samples of different source material like news clips, ambient electronica or ethnic music. The result of all this is a more experimental sounding album that sounds a little less harsh than the previous and future releases.

The first track sounds like something that could be on the first Black Sabbath album as it is clearly more doom metal than sludge but after the first couple of tracks they start introducing more bizarre soundscapes to the mix and at times some of the ambient more trippy parts remind me of Krautrock. Although I love this album from beginning to end it is not as perfectly executed as 'Souls At Zero' mostly because of the fact that some of the ambient and tribal drumming outros outstay their welcome. Just when you think it feels like it should be ending it continues and keeps going. Although that keeps this from being another masterpiece it still is an excellent album that shouldn't be overlooked simply because it falls between two of their more popular releases.

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