UC Theatre, Berkeley
July 10, 2018
Photos by Raymond Ahner.
Nearing 30 years into their career at this point, there is no denying that Neurosis have already long established their legacy. They have more than weathered their way through any storm, and still remain on top of their game, while still growing and continuing to evolving as a band. Their live shows have always been a testament to that, and if the string of sold-out shows on their current tour is any indication, they show absolutely no signs of resting on any laurels, while continuing to keep their music just as, if not more relevant than it has ever been.
Opening their set at the UC Theater on this evening with “Given to the Rising,” Neurosis flat out pummeled the packed house from the word go. With the guitars of both Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly and the pounding drums of Jason Roeder, Neurosis songs have always sounded even heavier live than recorded (if that’s even possible) and tonight was most certainly not an exception. With little fanfare, the band steamrolled their way through the setlist and let their music do the talking. It was more of a ritual than it was a live performance.
Highlights included “End of the Harvest,” “The Last You’ll Know,” and “A Shadow Memory.” Closing the evening with the epic “Through Silver in Blood,” Neurosis left little doubt that they are still on top of their game, and way ahead of the pack.
Support on this tour comes from both Converge and Amenra, who both proved to be the perfect bands to open up an evening of heaviness.
Setlist: Given to the Rising | Bending Light | End of the Harvest | A Shadow Memory | The Last You’ll Know | Burn | An Offering | Reach | Through Silver in Blood
Find out more about Neurosis here.
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Get all the dirt on Amenra here.