This was my first time seeing Neurosis. I got into the band in maybe 2006 or 2007. I was in high school back then and it was really hard for me to get into it. It was the most emotionally intense and suffocating music I'd ever heard at the time. The first album I got was Times of Grace. That album had absolutely no ray of hope. Even the instrumental passages had a sinister quality to them. I could only put that album on when I thought I could handle it, and even then it was a chore to get through the whole thing. Fast forward a few years and I absolutely love that album and the band. One thing that hasn't changed for me when listening to Neurosis is state of mind. I still have to be prepared before I put on a Neurosis album. I'll only listen to the band when I don't have to think about anything else, and I can just immerse myself.
Live, Neurosis are even more intense than on record. They're more like a force of nature than something as ordinary as a band. The visuals were captivating, and you can tell all the members of this band throw themselves 100% into the music. The set had two songs from Through Silver In Blood, one from A Sun That Never Sets, I believe four from Given To The Rising, one from Times of Grace, and one song that I think was new. I'll be going back to see them again tonight so we'll see if the set list varies.
Neurosis haven't played locally since New Years Eve 2007/8. I don't know when the next time they play will be, but I will be there.