Posted in music | tour dates on January 21, 2013

photos by Greg Cristman; words by Andrew Sacher

"Back from Brooklyn. Full of Oasis falafel and grape leaves. Neurosis blew my mind and ears. Easily the loudest set I've seen a band play." - @HolyShitJustin

Neurosis @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple 1/19
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Neurosis made a triumphant return to NYC over the weekend when they headlined a sold out show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Saturday (1/19), the same spot they played with Mastodon the last time they were in NYC, almost exactly five years ago. Neurosis are now without their graphic artist, so the lack of visuals may have made the room bit less ominous than it was five years ago (not to say it wasn't still totally life threatening) but the band still ripped like no other. Their 11-song, hour and a half encore-less set was bookended by two Through Silver in Blood tracks ("Eye" to open, "Locust Star" to close), and in between they focused entirely on their atmospheric, Steve Albini-produced era, relying most heavily on their two most recent albums, 2007's Given to the Rising and 2012's Honor Found in Decay.

People have varying definitions on what "heavy" music is, but if their albums don't already, it's undeniable that Neurosis' shows carry the weight of the word. They tore through boulder-crushing chords, razor-in-throat screams, and a storm-approaching atmosphere that you could feel in your bones (and eardrums). Some moshed, others headbanged in place, and others just watched in awe as the band delivered. There were some moments to breathe during the set, like the post-rock passage of "My Heart For Deliverance" and the half-sung intro of "The Tide," but moments like those are equal in intensity to the heavy sections, and are part of what keeps Neurosis so consistently interesting. They never let up during the set to talk to the crowd, and it was rarely ever silent, even while tuning their guitars. Just an onslaught of peaks and valleys that had command over the crowd throughout the entire set.

The show opened with an industrial drone set from No Fun boss Carlos Giffoni and an experimental guitar/drum/sampler duo set from James Plotkin and Tim Wyskida, who were both members of Khanate. More pictures from the show, Neurosis' setlist, and a video of them playing "At the Well" (via (((unartig)))) below...

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Neurosis - "At the Well" at Brooklyn Masonic Temple - 1/19/13

Neurosis - At the well from (((unartig))) on Vimeo.

Neurosis at Brooklyn Masonic Temple - 1/19/13 Setlist:
Eye
My Heart for Deliverance
At the End of the Road
Times of Grace
Distill (Watching the Swarm)
At the Well
The Tide
We All Rage in Gold
Bleeding the Pigs
Given to the Rising
Locust Star

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Comments (54)

merch tips?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2013 10:12 AM

How appropriate that this was not only the first show of the year for me, but is also an early candidate for show of the year. Even if I stood too close to the amps without any earplugs \m/

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2013 10:15 AM

10:15 careful about that. Tinnitus is a drag!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2013 11:12 AM

everyone loves football.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2013 11:23 AM

11:12: I hear ya. As long as I don't keep doing that, I should be fine!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2013 12:06 PM

Killed

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2013 12:49 PM

My ears are still ringing.

Posted by HolyShitJustin | January 21, 2013 5:53 PM

7:08
just get off your computer and get over to the christopher owens show already...

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2013 7:32 PM

dear mike kelly of neurosis:

wearing a raider jersey?

on stage?

ughhhhh.

signed,

ex-neurosis fan

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 1:39 AM

So, this was incredible.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 9:21 AM

bearded photobomb

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 9:37 AM

@1:39

Scott Kelly

Posted by KyleHL | January 22, 2013 9:42 AM

Congrats, 1:39 - saving your post for the year-end dumb/worst post competition.

Posted by post-keeper | January 22, 2013 9:48 AM

so this is what ren fair nerds listen to?

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 10:37 AM

No, "ren fair nerds" listen to Dirty Projectors, Passion Pit, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, and Christuffer Owens.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 10:54 AM

fat guys w/ beards. i'm shocked.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:09 AM

10:54
nah, those marvellous bands are listened to by fey little nancy boys that work in vegan friendly clothing boutiques. and by 11:09, which i suppose is the same thing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:20 AM

someone needs to introduce exercise to the metal community.

....and laundry detergent.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:27 AM

^ you care about metal bands' exercise and clothing (you're gay)

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:34 AM

^fat guy

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:38 AM

^ brittle boned bedwetter

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:42 AM

I heard they still haven't been able to get the Hot Pockets smell out of the Temple.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 11:45 AM

^ I heard the PBR-cum-encrusted stench never leaves the Glasslands

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 12:33 PM

SO heavy! Full Pant Load!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 12:38 PM

11:34 for the win... even if he's fat, which would make 11:38 as gay for caring about fatness as 11:27.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 3:08 PM

^I'll let the cat out of the bag......he's fat.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 3:24 PM

Show was amazing, but I wished, about an hour in, that they would tear through something like "Pain of Mind" just to see the crowd's reaction.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 3:45 PM

^ Which would be what exactly? Something like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Qwn4lUSpo

Neurosis is just Pink Floyd for the average unwashed sausage.


Link Floyd, amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 5:01 PM

^haha. classic.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 5:26 PM

5:01
RE
DUN
DANT

perhaps some new material should be worked on in between shifts at starbucks...

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2013 10:30 PM

^
STEA
MED
SAU
SAGE

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 3:31 AM

They were selling/serving hot pockets at the show? Dammit! I missed out on Masonic Hot Pockets.

Posted by | January 23, 2013 10:29 AM

Bravo fat-bearded-metal-dude. Best photo-bomb of the year - so far!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 10:30 AM

That photo-bomber is so adorable.

Posted by | January 23, 2013 10:38 AM

@10:38:

Thanks Mom. BTW ladies, beardo-bomber is single. Look out!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 10:49 AM

3:31
you stayed up almost all night and that's the best you could come up with? i bet it made you screw up more than a few lattes during the morning rush. tsk tsk..

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 11:16 AM

11:16

Just watch it buddy. We're running BK now. From the northwest (Grnpt) to the South Slope. We midwest trust-afarians will flood the streets in the gravity-induced-cold-filtered coffee we sling at $10 a cup. You will choke on our highly-prized artisan pickles.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 11:22 AM

^ ...and then you woke up with the members of Biohazard telling you to lick all your precious hummus off their pricks. Perhaps a dream come true?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 11:58 AM

...Eww, why Biohazard? Death Grips would be better suited for the artisan pickle slinger.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 12:10 PM

@10:38 - thanks for the compliment.

And yes, I am single - but sadly I'm only attracted to damaged girls with daddy issues, who love to smoke copious amounts of reefer and eat bacon.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 12:13 PM

12:10: Your reaction to Biohazard? That's exactly why :)

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 12:37 PM

Beeeeeeeeaaaannns.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 12:49 PM

Top quote: Even the scarves are starting to come out of the closet for Neurosis!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 12:54 PM

Agreed. There were miles and miles of scarf material wrapped around tiny dudes with tinier [is that even a word?] pants.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 1:14 PM

'tiny dudes' to these slovenly sausages is anyone with under a 40' waist.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 1:41 PM

^ how do you stop your brittle little wrists from snapping while typing out such witticisms?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 1:54 PM

^fiction

these dudes being fat asses = reality

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 2:04 PM

"how do you stop your brittle little wrists from snapping while typing out such witticisms?"


uuuuhhhhhhrrrrrrr it's da hummus silly

weeeeee! *goestoputonofmontrealanimalcostume*

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 2:26 PM

You should do one of these for Monday too, but instead of "What's going on Sunday?" it could be called "What's going on Monday?".

Posted by medafile | April 14, 2013 9:57 PM

His beard is the best.

Posted by mike | May 21, 2013 10:23 PM

this is such a beautiful song. and yes, sludge metal can be beautiful.

Posted by Gatewood | September 14, 2014 4:31 AM

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