It’s been more than 15 years since sludge metal gods Neurosis toured as extensively as they are currently preparing to do. Wait, I think I missed something in that sentence. Holy shit, Neurosis is touring the US. Words honestly fail to grasp how monumental this is, both in light of how long it’s been since a tour of this capacity for the band, but also when taking into account what’s been going on with Scott Kelly and his wife.
The pioneers of atmospheric sludge metal (and the first to bring sludge’s dense and powerful sound to post-rock) have, throughout their nearly-30-year career, inspired the likes of ISIS, Intronaut, and Rosetta, among others. Their influence in heavy music will be felt for quite some time to come; their experimentation has lead the way for many waves of bands across the past few decades, and their sound will no doubt be a starting point for many in the future as well. They are also, it’s worth mentioning, one of the only groups to have stayed active for such a long time and still, at this point in their careers, consistently release good music.
Neurosis embarks on this rollicking romp across the United States at the end of July, bringing Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, The Body, and Sumac in tow. They’re also stopping at Heavy Montreal fest along the way to join bands like Gorguts and Meshuggah in a battle to see who can be loudest and heaviest (not actually, but we can really hope).
The dates are below:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal – Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black
Unfortunately, this tour isn’t coming through where I live, so y’all have fun out there. Stay safe. Mosh till the cows come home. For more information, check out the official blog post here.