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Music, Holy Grails

Holy Grails

I remember the exact moment that I first heard Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die. It was a spring night, 1996, and some friends and I were speeding up the 405 freeway in Southern California, desperate to get to…
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Music, The Lunatic Fringe

The Lunatic Fringe

Four days of challenging, uncompromising, and occasionally assaultive sounds might not be everyone's idea of a slice of heaven. But for the members of the long-running Bay Area punk/metal/industrial enigma Neurosis, this weekend's Beyond the Pale festival is a fantasy…
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Music, Steve Von Till

Steve Von Till

Heavy music is seldom associated with acoustic guitars and sparse piano, but on the solo debut by Neurosis vocalist and guitarist Steve Von Till, instruments and song styles typically dominated by simpering two-dimensional coffeehouse crooners are craftily enlisted to create…
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Psychotic Reaction

Everything about Oakland's Neurosis is overwhelming. The sextet's latest album, Times of Grace, is built around the suffocating sheets of guitars, impenetrable keyboards, tribal rhythms, and cathartic screams that have long been the trademark of its epic, sonically saturated…
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