If there's one thing that can be said about Neurosis
is that they have a vision that nothing will change. Inherently,
their music is dark and often slow, but layered with a multitude
of sounds. Most songs start slowly and build to a malevolent
fervor. While the vocals can hardly ever be described as melodic,
they do serve their purpose, whether low-tone or bitingly
violent, as a tool by which to issue the apocalyptic, yet
On initial impression, this album seems to move from a low
tone symphony to a loud racket and then back. After some time
with A Sun That Never Sets, though, you'll be able
to pick out the finely written nuances and layers of music
that seem to hide and accentuate the overall feeling of the
album. Percussion and string arrangements accentuate what
most would normally think is an above-average dark metal album.
In fact, the bulk of the song writing is well written and
filled with emotion. Tracks like The Tide, Falling
Unknown and From Where Its Roots Run really show
off the unheralded brilliance of the songwriting.
My only complaint is that certain parts of the album do seem
to plod on slowly and needlessly, like the intro to Crawl
On In. While usually, Neurosis' slow-moving parts
seem to at least flow well and have a lot going on to keep
the listener interested, some of these rare moments feel uninspired
and leave me wishing the next change in movement would hurry
up and arrive.
Steve Albini's production work for the album really aides
in expressing the quality of the band's ability to perform.
The live studio feel of the album gives the whole performance
a human quality that very few albums manage to capture anymore.
Expect a long dark ride that rolls from one epic climax to
the next through valleys of dark sound. Casual listeners may
not fare well with this album, but fans of Neurosis
and other vanguards of dark ingenuity will enjoy the ride.