American extreme music icons Neurosis will reissue the band’s second LP, The Word As Law, in August, the album having remained out-of-print since the 1990s.
While listening to the band’s discography in chronological order, their sound gradually shifts in a very steady and somewhat seamless progression with each record, though their first few albums are undoubtedly cut from their 80s punk influences and surroundings. The Word As Law was initially released on vinyl only in 1990 through Lookout! Records, alongside the likes of Green Day and other Bay Area punk acts of the time.
Upbeat rhythms and enraged vocals fuel The Word As Law, the record picking up where the band’s Pain Of Mind debut’s ripping punk sound left off, while the band simultaneously began experimenting with more dissonant, melancholic, and demoralizing tones that would carve the foundation for their next few albums and their signature sound.
Neurosis had yet to infuse keyboards or synths into the mix when The Word As Law was recorded at Sound & Vision in San Francisco of December 1989. The blend of vocals delivered by guitarist Scott Kelly, bassist Dave Edwardson, and new inductee, guitarist Steve Von Till, driven by the powerful rhythms of drummer Jason Roeder, coalesce to formulate an eerie and original sound on The Word As Law, which results in the album’s cult status as an incredibly groundbreaking album for countless crust punk, hardcore, and experimental metal artists worldwide.
Prior reissues of the album featured several re-recorded bonus tracks from the band’s prior singles and releases. The 2017 Neurot reissue of The Word As Law will bear the album’s initial eight tracks, all completely remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering. Additionally, the album’s cover artwork has been reworked and modernized by former Neurosis live visual architect Josh Graham to match the label’s previously-reissued Souls At Zero, Enemy Of The Sun, and other titles.
Neurot Recordings will reissue The Word As Law on CD, LP, and digital formats on August 25th, directly following their US tour with Converge and Amenra and their performance at Psycho Las Vegas.
The Word As Law Track Listing:
Double Edged Sword
To What End?
Neurosis kick off their US tour later this month – see the dates HERE