Incorporating The Music Fix
9th September 2011 21:00:00
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Neurosis - Sovereign

Continuing the run of recent Neurosis reissues is 2000's Sovereign EP, a keystone release bridging the gap between Times Of Grace and A Sun That Never Sets at the beginning of their long-standing relationship with famed engineer Steve Albini. With the final traces of their punk roots all but eliminated, Sovereign finds the band moving at a snail's pace, the music crawling along through nightmarish surroundings like the soundtrack to a Lovecraftian thriller; this is imbued with a bleakness that many aspire to, but few succeed so terrifyingly.

Neurosis toy with the idea of noise as music, the subtle screams of guitar feedback blending into thunderous riffs that go nowhere but everywhere at the same time, giving space for the listener to conjure their own twisted images; sparse soundscapes give way to rich dense walls of sound, carefully woven yet utterly organic behemoths. The EP is supplemented by the extra track 'Misgiven', recorded at the same time but left off the original; the dark, minimalistic drones brings the release to a depressing, majestic end as it pulls off the rare trick of enhancing the record despite being merely a bonus.
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About Dominic Hemy
The team's resident oddball (he takes offence to the term "village idiot", favouring "geek"), Dominic has a healthy love of the weird and wonderful end of the musical spectrum - and an intense dislike of copycats. Dabbles in psychedelic and folk musics for relaxing times, but prefers it loud, strange, and preferably with an average song length in the twenties.