HARVESTMAN: Solo Project By Neurosis’ Steve Von Till Streams “Levitation” As Music For Megaliths Nears May Release Via Neurot Recordings

Photo Credit: Niela Von Till

Steve Von Till’s HARVESTMAN – one of the Neurosis vocalist/guitarist’s solo ventures – will release its fourth album under the moniker through Neurot Recordings this May. As the anticipated new record grows closer to its official street date, a new single has been unveiled.

As with prior HARVESTMAN and other solo releases by Steve Von Till, Music For Megaliths sees the artist handling a wide array of instruments and approaches, including vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, synthesizers, hurdy gurdy, effects, and more, fully performed, recorded, and mixed at his own The Crow’s Nest studio in Northern Idaho. The seven mentally expansive tracks were mastered by James Plotkin, and the album completed with artwork by Thomas Hooper.

Music For Megaliths’ fifth movement, “Levitation,” is the only track on the album to feature straightforward percussion, as the song features Neurosis drummer Jason Roeder on drums. The restrained but driving rhythms add a sense of perseverance to the album’s exploratory, mood-altering, spiritual atmosphere.


Explore HARVESTMAN’s “Levitation,” where previous single “‘The Forest Is Our Temple” is also streaming, at THIS LOCATION.


“Ruins, monuments, and ancient sites of worship are multi-sensory experiences – at once residues of the sacred, the parchment on which the passage of time has been inscribed and templates for imaginative reconstruction, spaces in which to invest and immerse, to trade your bearings for an inexhaustible state of transition.

Over the course of three albums, Steve Von Till has, under the guise of HARVESTMAN, provided the sonic analogue, casting his net for what might have been and yet still be. Both a personal meditation and a tuning fork for the most ancient and enduring of resonances, his latest album, Music For Megaliths, further expands his journeys along the sonic ley lines that run between folk, drone, psychedelia, the “kosmische” outposts of krautrock and noise: not as an act of eclecticism, but of divination, giving voice to an underlying continuity that binds them all.

Recorded over a period of several years in the dawn hours of creation, Music For Megaliths is an aggregation of moments and recordings that have allowed themselves to spell out a greater whole. Utilizing repetition, manipulation, and modulation, it’s a hallowed frequency dial that ranges across the pulse-regulated drone of “The Forest Is Our Temple,” revving up like a generator powered by arcane currents, the blissful gaze of “Ring Of Sentinels,” “Sundown”’s ominous waves of interference and “White Horse”’s rite of dissolution and regeneration, nomadic and devout. Music For Megaliths is a crossing over, whose multiple routes are testament to a singular and sensuously dilated vision.” – words by Jonathan Selzer, 2017





Neurot Recordings will release HARVESTMAN‘s Music For Megaliths on CD, LP, and digital formats May 19th; preorders and bundles are available at the Neurot webstore HERE.









NEUROSIS: North American Summer Tour With Converge And Amenra Announced



NEUROSIS declares new tour dates for 2017, announcing a new run of North American Summer performances with Converge and Amenra.

As the band continues to perform the works from their acclaimed eleventh studio album, Fires Within Fires, the upcoming tour will find NEUROSIS bringing their immersive live experience to the East Coast and Midwestern US, and Southeastern Canada. The tour will embark out of Chicago on July 28th, with shows in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Toronto, New Haven, Brooklyn, Boston, and Philadelphia confirmed through August 7th. Iconic punk/metal experimenters Converge will supply direct support for NEUROSIS, and leading the charge will see Neurot labelmates Amenra making their long-awaited return to North American shores.

NEUROSIS
is also confirmed to headline the Days Of Darkness festival in Baltimore, Maryland on October 28th and 29th, the two-day gala also including sets by Warning, Manilla Road, Elder, Gost, Unearthly Trance, Dälek, and Bongripper, and more. Additional NEUROSIS tour dates are to be expected.

Released in September, NEUROSIS’ acclaimed Fires Within Fires is available now on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital platforms through the band’s own Neurot Recordings; see all bundles and options RIGHT HERE.



NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

7/28/2017 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Converge, Amenra

7/29/2017 St Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Converge, Amenra

7/30/2017 Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Converge, Amenra

8/01/2017 Metropolis – Montreal, QC w/ Converge, Amenra

8/02/2017 Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON w/ Converge, Amenra

8/03/2017 College St. Music Hall – New Haven, CT w/ Converge, Amenra

8/04/2017 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Converge, Amenra

8/06/2017 Royale – Boston, MA w/ Converge, Amenra

8/07/2017 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Converge, Amenra

10/28-29/2017 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore Maryland @ Days Of Darkness


A trailer for the upcoming tour is posted HERE.





Surrounding the release of Fires Within Fires, Decibel Magazine published an entire issue dedicated to NEUROSIS, including multiple rare Hall Of Fame features as well as a full feature on the new album, a very brief section of the coverage praising, “NEUROSIS have redefined what heavy meant and what heavy could be, all while refusing to define themselves as anything more than conduits for the music they conjure like diviners. Now releasing their eleventh LP, Fires Within Fires, they’ve ascended from the trappings of youth to alter the landscape of heavy music like the violent shift of tectonic plates.” Rolling Stone published a massive feature on the band, including in part, “Outside of booking tours and scheduling press, the group has existed as a DIY operation for the better part of the last two decades, sort of like metal's equivalent to Fugazi or Black Flag. Everything about NEUROSIS, from their extended drum etudes to the Pink Floyd–like visuals they hauled on the road with them for years, has been about bowing to their own artistic whims… Fires Within Fires, showcases the best aspects of the NEUROSIS experience: downtuned Sabbath-influenced riffs, pounding tribal drumming, fleeting moments of elegance and caustic vocals recounting personal apocalypses.”






HARVESTMAN: HEAR THE ALBUM OPENER ‘THE FOREST IS OUR TEMPLE’ TAKEN FROM THE NEW UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH, MUSIC FOR MEGALITHS ( MAY 19, NEUROT RECORDINGS)

[Photo Credit: Niela Von Till]

Following the recent news that Neurot Recordings shall release the fourth full-length from Harvestman, – one of Neurosis vocalist/guitarist Steve Von Till’s solo ventures – titled Music For Megaliths, we today unveil the opening track from the album, ‘The Forest Is Our Temple’. Resonating like an instrumental drone scripture with ritualistic tones, textures and tempos, layers of gorgeous acoustic strings fuse and expand with ominous, distorted amplified undercurrents and a constant hurdy-gurdy hymn. In turn, ‘The Forest Is Our Temple’ sets the hue for Music For Megaliths as a transformative passage of music, evoking realms of welcomed immersive introspection.



As with prior Harvestman and other solo releases by Steve Von Till, Music For Megaliths sees the artist handling a wide array of instruments and approaches, including vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, synthesizers, hurdy gurdy, effects, and more, fully performed, recorded, and mixed at his own The Crow’s Nest studio in Northern Idaho. Neurosis’ Jason Roeder also provides drums to the album’s fifth track, “Levitation.” The seven sonically and mentally expansive tracks were mastered by James Plotkin, and the album completed with artwork by Thomas Hooper.

Album to be release on May 19th, artwork, track listing, and more can be found below.




Music For Megaliths Track Listing:
1. The Forest Is Our Temple
2. Oak Drone
3. Ring Of Sentinels
4. Cromlech
5. Levitation
6. Sundown
7. White Horse


“Ruins, monuments, and ancient sites of worship are multi-sensory experiences – at once residues of the sacred, the parchment on which the passage of time has been inscribed and templates for imaginative reconstruction, spaces in which to invest and immerse, to trade your bearings for an inexhaustible state of transition.

Over the course of three albums, Steve Von Till has, under the guise of Harvestman, provided the sonic analogue, casting his net for what might have been and yet still be. Both a personal meditation and a tuning fork for the most ancient and enduring of resonances, his latest album, Music For Megaliths, further expands his journeys along the sonic ley lines that run between folk, drone, psychedelia, the “kosmische” outposts of krautrock and noise: not as an act of eclecticism, but of divination, giving voice to an underlying continuity that binds them all.

Recorded over a period of several years in the dawn hours of creation, Music For Megaliths is an aggregation of moments and recordings that have allowed themselves to spell out a greater whole. Utilizing repetition, manipulation, and modulation, it’s a hallowed frequency dial that ranges across the pulse-regulated drone of “The Forest Is Our Temple,” revving up like a generator powered by arcane currents, the blissful gaze of “Ring Of Sentinels,” “Sundown”’s ominous waves of interference and “White Horse”’s rite of dissolution and regeneration, nomadic and devout. Music For Megaliths is a crossing over, whose multiple routes are testament to a singular and sensuously dilated vision.” – words by Jonathan Selzer, 2017






NEUROSIS To Perform In Four West Coast American Cities Next Week Including Headlining the Power of the Riff

[Photo Credit: Stefaan Temmerman]

NEUROSIS continues to bring the monolithic tones of their recently-released Fires Within Fires LP to audiences, with a run of four West Coast North American live performances rapidly approaching next week.

Following recent shows in London with Earth, Discharge, and Subhumans, and two shows in Portland with labelmates Yob and Kowloon Walled City, NEUROSIS next week plays to fans in their Bay Area origin, with a show in San Francisco on December 17th, again with support from Yob, Kowloon Walled City. The next day, NEUROSIS headlines the multi-day The Power Of The Riff in Los Angeles, the fest also including sets from Wolves In The Throne Room, Incantation, Nails, Pelican, Kowloon Walled City, and more. December 19th sees the band in Seattle, and December 20th in Vancouver, with support from Yob and Sumac on both shows.

Rolling Stone – who today issued their 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016 list, which features NEUROSISFires Within Fires in the #5 position -- recently highlighted the new West Coast shows in an in-depth feature on the thirtieth anniversary of NEUROSIS and the new Fires Within Fires LP. A segment of the interrogation offers, “Outside of booking tours and scheduling press, the group has existed as a DIY operation for the better part of the last two decades, sort of like metal's equivalent to Fugazi or Black Flag. Everything about NEUROSIS, from their extended drum etudes to the Pink Floyd–like visuals they hauled on the road with them for years, has been about bowing to their own artistic whims. Their 11th and latest release, this year's Fires Within Fires, showcases the best aspects of the Neurosis experience: downtuned Sabbath-influenced riffs, pounding tribal drumming, fleeting moments of elegance and caustic vocals recounting personal apocalypses.” Read the entire feature HERE

NEUROSIS’ first tour of 2017 sees them traversing the Pacific for a run through New Zealand and Australia. Running from February 14th through 18th, 2017 the band will play in Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. Additional tour dates for the upcoming year will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Fires Within Fires is available now on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital platforms through the band’s own Neurot Recordings RIGHT HERE.



NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

12/17/2016 Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA w/ Yob, Kowloon Walled City [tickets]

12/18/2016 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff [tickets]

12/19/2016 Neumos – Seattle, WA w/ Yob, Sumac [21+] [tickets]

12/20/2016 Venue – Vancouver, BC w/ Yob, Sumac [19+] [tickets]

2/14/2017 San Fran – Wellington, NZ [tickets]

2/15/2017 Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ [tickets]

2/16/2017 The Triffid – Brisbane, AU w/ Dispossessed [tickets]

2/17/2017 Manning Bar – Sydney, AU w/ Dispossessed [tickets]

2/18/2017 The Croxton – Melbourne, AU w/ Dispossessed [tickets]


Decibel Magazine released an entire issue dedicated to NEUROSIS, including multiple rare Hall Of Fame features as well as a full feature on the new album, a very brief section of the coverage praising, “NEUROSIS have redefined what heavy meant and what heavy could be, all while refusing to define themselves as anything more than conduits for the music they conjure like diviners. Now releasing their eleventh LP, Fires Within Fires, they’ve ascended from the trappings of youth to alter the landscape of heavy music like the violent shift of tectonic plates.” Alternative Press published, “NEUROSIS have been endlessly creative and relevant for every stage of their now three-decade career…. Every part of their discography is essential, and this will be another welcome chapter in their story.” Noisey posted, “They're giants in a field obsessed with hugeness—hugeness of riff, of amplifier, of decibel, of ambition—and are a seemingly unbreakable sonic force… Whatever it is they continue to seek, this latest offering is a massive step forward towards it.” The Wire praised, “Fires Within Fires is the summation of thirty years of experimentation in tonality and texture. Yes, NEUROSIS are firmly positioned within the extreme metal underground yet their music, with its ability to generate images of beauty akin to those many of us have experienced in our own lives - not to mention the loss that accompanies them - challenges this categorization." Terrorizer’s album of the month review included, "Fires Within Fires sees NEUROSIS evoking both the primitive elements of their early years and the polished grace of their current form. A worthy addition to their legacy, their fire burns on."






MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE Featuring Neurosis’ Scott Kelly And Buried At Sea’s Sanford Parker To Kick Off Rare US Mini-Tour Later This Week

[Photo Credit: John Sturdy]

MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE
will kick off a rare bout of US live dates this week. Slated to commence on December 2nd in Los Angeles, California and run through December 16th in Oakland, California, the journey will traverse twelve cities in eight states.


MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE is the latest collaboration between Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and Buried At Sea’s Sanford Parker. The band released their self-titled debut – a sonic manifestation of insomnia, complete with the tossing, turning, and perennial dread that comes with facing another shabby daylight – earlier this year via Neurot Recordings. The five songs that comprise Mirrors For Psychic Warfare lurch and pulsate across a sullen, desolate landscape with an almost curious obsessiveness. And while Mirrors For Psychic Warfare may remind some of the best work on the classic Cold Meat Industry label, there is enough familiar Kelly/Parker-isms scattered throughout to keep the album stimulating. It is a work with more in common with a fever or a fitful wraith than a record.

Check out the record, still streaming at Revolver Magazine at THIS LOCATION.




MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE:

12/02/2016 The Handbag Factory - Los Angeles, CA
12/03/2016 The Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
12/04/2016 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
12/06/2016 Muntiny Info Café – Denver, CO
12/07/2016 Heart Of Gold Tattoo - Salt Lake City, UT
12/08/2016 Wavepop House – Boise, ID
12/09/2016 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
12/10/2016 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
12/11/2016 Hawthorne Lounge – Portland, OR
12/13/2016 Lucky's – Eugene, OR
12/14/2016 Café Colonial – Sacramento, CA
12/16/2016 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA




Mirrors For Psychic Warfare
was realized and recorded by both Kelly and Parker at Actual 13 Studio and Hypercube respectively over the course of 2015. The record was mixed and mastered by Parker and comes available in CD and vinyl form. This is not the first occasion where Kelly and Parker have joined forces. The two work together in Corrections House, a project that also features the talents of Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod, and Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, and where Corrections House seem hell-bent on impersonal bludgeon and unrestrained panic, the pair’s latest project — MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE — is far more restrained.


For Mirrors For Psychic Warfare orders visit Neurot Recordings store.





“Ambient(-esque?), but tense and brooding...” – Decibel



“MIRRORS… dwells into dark ambient and power electronics, resulting in a death industrial setting, reminiscent of the Cold Meat Industry roster, in the likes of Deutsch Nepal and In Slaughter Natives.” – Cvlt Nation


“Alternating between sedate brood and agonized howl, Kelly spurts a flowing river of distorted guitar, his manly moodiness resting comfortably atop Parker's steady beats and atmospheric programming.” – Austin Chronicle

“If you are a fan of either man involved, then you’ll know that the sheer emotional weight their self-titled debut carries could crush the casual listener and suck the air out of a room… it’s like waking in a cold sweat in the middle of the night from a fevered dream that leaves you restless and unsettled, not quite sure whether that feeling was real or imagined.” – The Sleeping Shaman



New Neurosis march in the Neurot Recordings store



After a banner 30th year for NEUROSIS — one that saw the band performing back-to-back 30th anniversary showcases internationally and abroad, and the release of the band's eleventh studio album, Fires Within Fires the band offers a wide selection of brand-new merchandise, only available through the Neurot Recordings store.

New merch now available for order: new patches — including Strength and Vision, Times of Grace and Neurosis branded designs; Neurosis pint glasses, mugs and coasters; a heavy Neurosis Dickies work jacket; two new Neurosis t-shirt designs; a set of enamel pins; a new saw blade mandala slipmat. (Some items are very limited.)

Check out the new Neurosis gear HERE 

While you're browsing in the store, support DIY music by purchasing one of our 2016 releases — The Body & Full of Hell's collaborative album, the debut release from Scott Kelly and Sanford Parker's MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE, ALARIC's End of Mirrors and, of course, NEUROSIS' Fires Within Fires.


NEUROSIS Announces Fires Within Fires New Zealand/Australia February Tour Dates; Band To Play Two Special Shows In London Next Week

Photo credit: Stefaan Temmerman

In the wake of releasing their eleventh studio album, Fires Within Fires, in recent weeks, NEUROSIS continues to book new live performances in support of the record into 2017, with a newly-booked tour of New Zealand and Australia just announced for February.

NEUROSIS' impending live schedule leads with two special shows for Fires Within Fires in London next week, which will see the band performing with Earth on November 7th, and Discharge and Subhumans November 8th. Two shows in Portland with labelmates Yob and Kowloon Walled City follow on November 25th and 26th. December sees NEUROSIS playing San Francisco on the 17th, with support from Yob and Kowloon Walled City, and the next night, December 18th, will see NEUROSIS headlining the second night of The Power Of The Riff 2016, with six additional bands to be announced for the evening. Shows in Seattle and Vancouver follow, on December 19th and 20th, respectively, with support from Yob and Sumac.

The newly-confirmed first 2017 tour dates for NEUROSIS sees them traversing the Pacific for a run through New Zealand and Australia. Running from February 14th through 18th, 2017 the band will play in Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Additional international tour dates from NEUROSIS are to be expected.


NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

11/07/2016 Koko – London, UK w/ Earth [tickets]

11/08/2016 Koko – London, UK w/ Discharge, Subhumans [tickets]

11/25/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR w/ Yob, Kowloon Walled City [all ages] [tickets]

11/26/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR w/ Yob, Kowloon Walled City [21+] [tickets]

12/17/2016 Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA w/ Yob, Kowloon Walled City [tickets]

12/18/2016 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff [tickets]

12/19/2016 Neumos – Seattle, WA w/ Yob, Sumac [21+] [tickets]

12/20/2016 Venue – Vancouver, BC w/ Yob, Sumac [19+] [tickets]

2/14/2017 San Fran – Wellington, NZ [tickets]

2/15/2017 Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ  [tickets]

2/16/2017 The Triffid – Brisbane, AU [tickets]

2/17/2017 Manning Bar – Sydney, AU [tickets]

2/18/2017 The Croxton – Melbourne, AU [tickets]




Decibel Magazine released an entire issue dedicated to NEUROSIS, including multiple rare Hall Of Fame features as well as a full feature on the new album, a very brief section of the coverage praising, “NEUROSIS have redefined what heavy meant and what heavy could be, all while refusing to define themselves as anything more than conduits for the music they conjure like diviners. Now releasing their eleventh LP, Fires Within Fires, they’ve ascended from the trappings of youth to alter the landscape of heavy music like the violent shift of tectonic plates.” Alternative Press forewarned in their 12 Metal Albums You’re Going To Need In The Second Half Of 2016 feature, “NEUROSIS have been endlessly creative and relevant for every stage of their now three-decade career…. Every part of their discography is essential, and this will be another welcome chapter in their story.” 

Noisey posted, “What more can be said about NEUROSIS that hasn't already been written, re-written, and re-written once again? They're giants in a field obsessed with hugeness—hugeness of riff, of amplifier, of decibel, of ambition—and are a seemingly unbreakable sonic force. When Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Jason Roeder, Noah Landis, and Dave Edwardson come together (and especially when they do so under the steady hand of longstanding engineer Steve Albini) the result is the kind of tectonic earth magic that the word doom was invented to personify. Whatever it is they continue to seek, this latest offering is a massive step forward towards it.” The Wire’s full-page review included, “Fires Within Fires is the summation of thirty years of experimentation in tonality and texture. Yes, NEUROSIS are firmly positioned within the extreme metal underground yet their music, with its ability to generate images of beauty akin to those many of us have experienced in our own lives - not to mention the loss that accompanies them - challenges this categorization. This is the band's aim; to confront the listener and through sharing their own experiences and impressions offer a template to explore the profundity and profanity of our past and future lives." Terrorizer’s album of the month review included, "Fires Within Firessees NEUROSIS evoking both the primitive elements of their early years and the polished grace of their current form. A worthy addition to their legacy, their fire burns on."


NEUROSIS’ Fires Within Fires is available now through Neurot Recordings RIGHT HERE.