Released on September 20, 2011
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For the last 26 years, Neurosis has tapped into the elusive wellspring
where resonance and dissonance collude, circling emotional poles
where nothing is withheld, where the psyche screams for answers to
Earth’s ancient mysteries. Originally unveiled in 2000, the four-song,
32-minute Sovereign EP was the first Neurosis release issued through
the band’s own Neurot Recordings, with the vinyl appearing via Hydra
Head. In chronological terms, Sovereign served as a millennial
segue between two of the band’s most revered full-lengths, 1999’s
Times of Grace and 2001’s A Sun That Never Sets.
Opener “Prayer” sets the omnipotent tone for all that follows. A
master-class in deep dynamics, the song ascends from its quiet beginnings
into a rolling, hypnotic power-dirge couched in a bone-rattling
rhythm. “An Offering” brings arsenic visions of Eden—or at least of
the ruinous snake and the tree of knowledge around which it infamously
coiled. The instrumental “Flood” is a veritable drum cannonade.
And, clocking in at over 13 minutes in length, “Sovereign” offers
perhaps the widest variety of textures, tones and instrumental undulations.