NEUROSIS (1985–PRESENT). Scott Kelly (vocals/guitar), Dave Edwardson (bass), Steve Von Till (vocals/guitar), Jason Roeder (drums), Noah Landie (keyboards, replaced by Simon McIlroy).
One of the few hardcore punk bands to successfully transition to heavy metal, Neurosis was a hardcore band (their first record was released on Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles record label, and they also released music on classic pop/punk label Lookout) before they gradually transformed themselves into a much more atmospheric and almost tribal-sounding metal band, that wisely chose not to follow the glam metal examples of other bands such as TSOL, who made the transition much less successfully. Sometimes the keyboards-based Neurosis could even be mistaken for an art rock band, if the music was not so incredibly dark. Neurosis has helped to redefine the punk/metal nexus. While most of their music is recommended, A Sun That Never Sets and Enemy of the Sun are the band’s most consistent. They are also a key influence on many modern metal bands that experiment with dynamics such as the Swedish band Cult of Luna.
Discography: Pain of Mind (Alternative Tentacles, 1988); The Word as Law (Lookout, 1990); Souls at Zero (Virus, 1992); Enemy of the Sun (Alternative Tentacles, 1994); Through Silver in Blood (Relapse, 1996); Times of Grace (Relapse, 1999); A Sun that Never Sets (Relapse, 2001); Live in Lyons (Howling Bull, 2002); Live in Stockholm (Neurto, 2003); Neurosis and Jarboe (Neurto, 2003); The Eye of Every Storm (Neurto, 2004); Given to the Rising (Neurto, 2007).