Neurosis at Muddy Roots, September 2, 2018

Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians.

Henry Rollins

Of the sixteen times I’ve seen Neurosis in concert, the 2018 Muddy Roots Festival was the first time I’d seen them at a festival. Neurosis have built a diehard following over the years with their dedication to heavy, psychedelic sound, so it is obvious why festival organizers have taken notice.

Neurosis has always brought unparalleled intensity to the live show, and maybe it was the night air and stars overhead, but this one seemed to ratchet up the intensity even further. They took the stage at 1:00 a.m. and worked through a set list of material going back to 1996’s Through Silver in Blood. One of their most beautiful and dynamic songs, Burn, was back on the list, as well as the massively heavy End of the Harvest.

Prior to their set, I’d been speaking with the person next to me, who’d never seen Neurosis in concert before. After the set, he only said “I’m speechless.”

Neurosis will also be at Crucial Fest 8.