Neurosis played the Paradise – 8/13

Post-sludge greats Neurosis returned to the Paradise last Tuesday with support from Seattle’s Bell Witch and Brazil’s Deafkids. 

Once upon a time, Neurosis gigs were a rare and sacred occurrence, drawing audiences from far and wide to catch a fleeting glimpse of one of heavy music’s reigning elites. In recent years, the Oakland veterans have hit the road with much more regularity, but that hardly renders them less worthy of going out of one’s way for.

Indeed, there’s no such thing as a weak Neurosis gig, and last week at the Paradise was no exception. Kicking off with the ominous dispatch of “A Sun That Never Sets,” Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till and the crew never let up for the next 90-plus minutes. The set focused on the latter and less overtly aggressive half of the band’s catalog, but the proceedings were still devastatingly heavy and satisfying.

The night was a long but well-rounded one, with excellent opening sets from expansive funeral doom duo Bell Witch (who you’ve read about before in these pages) and Deafkids, hailing all the way from São Paulo. That trio took the evening’s early arrivals on a whiplash-inducing rollercoaster ride of psych-damaged noise rock; a twisty, challenging live set that’s sure to keep their profile on the ascent.

Check out photos from all three sets below.