The intense guitar work of this pair and moderately iconic frontman Scott Kelly really serve as the driving force behind the album. The spidery guitar on My Heart for Deliverance manages to be purely hypnotic before blasting into a horrific burst of godly distortion that shows the true nature of the band as it rolls out in a much more triumphant form that serves as tear-rendering-ly uplifting. Meanwhile All is Found... In Time instantly rushes out in an intense bombing of guitar-led chaotic depravity before coming down to a greater show of uplifting grace.
However, no matte how heavy and adrenaline packed the guitars can get, it still doesn't manage to be the most intense moment of the album. I'm not sure if I've ever felt the way I do when listening to Scott Kelly singing. Against the moments free of monolithic riffs, Kelly's weathered vocals are the most convincing vocals that carry the sound that the bleakest of blues musicians wished to carry out. And on Bleeding the Pigs, it feels like there is no gap between the listener of Kelly, as vocals seem to haunt you directly and make you feel like you are being dragged into Hell in an all too realistic way. By the time the song reaches it's follow up on Casting of the Ages the vocals are a much more welcoming features and become very beautiful in a hopeless no tomorrow sort of way. It becomes the kind of performance that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It becomes comforting.
Even if this is your first Neurosis album, Honor Found in Decay is a breathtaking album listening experience that will give you a full experience of the band and will leave your jaw wide open. It's filled with some of the group's darkest crafts in crafting mammoth melodies made up of doom riffage, industrial synthesizers and all sorts of intimate backdrops that gives each listen a different result. It's one of the most sincere heartfelt albums from a band that have never been anything short of serious and have made it one of their prime goals to craft something unique that pushes at the boundaries of metal. And without a doubt this is it. This is the work that proves that dirty rock music can be made truly beautiful and just extremely real. And it's work that have come from a group of underground heroes.
Neurosis' Honor Found in Decay is out now via Neurot Records.