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Oakland’s sludge experimental doom metallers Neurosis put on a solid show to a three-quarters full crowd at the Henry Fonda Music Box in Hollywood. Supported by female-fronted and drummered three-piece act Ides of Gemini- who put on an atmospheric and beautifully haunting set, despite the singer professing to have a touch of laryngitis- and locals Savage Republic. The vibe at the Fonda was mellow but it was definitely a show you could tell Neurosis fans had been itching to see.
While Neurosis have come to be known in their nearly thirty year history performing together, for incorporating visuals in their live show, in late 2012 the band parted ways with their man responsible for providing them, Josh Graham, and he has not been replaced. What this meant for this show was a performance that was focused solidly on Neurosis themselves. The lighting for the show was dramatic leaving the band bathed in darkness for a good half of the set, and this coupled with the heavy but atmospheric sound of Neurosis gave us an air of meditative brutality that totally entranced a rapturous crowd.
The band played a mix of older and newer Neurosis, making up a setlist of around ten tracks in total, including a few songs off their latest offering “Honor Found in Decay” and ending with the epic and setlist staple “Through Silver in Blood”. All in all it was just what every die-hard Neurosis fan had been waiting for on a cool Hollywood night in early 2013.