On coming to metal in middle age – Tariq Goddard reviews Neurosis at Koko

by Tariq Goddard for the Quietus

I came to extreme metal, or at least post-metal, sludge rock, or whatever experts in branding would describe Neurosis’s music as, late in life. I had been listening to music which sounded a bit like metal for years (Godflesh, Black Flag) and other groups that nearly were (ACDC, Sabbath), but touching the actual shore of the genre, far less travelling to its absolute heart of darkness, eluded me.

Looking back, the fundamentally tribal musical era, and atmosphere, I grew up in demanded that one chose sides in a way that might be considered absurdly self-limiting today, and if there were adolescents that lived metal, rejecting their look, rituals and war dances, preceded giving their music my unbiased consideration. Truth resided in appearance, and whatever lay behind that was stigmatised accordingly, especially when other surfaces had so much to offer.

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Repeater authors in Cornwall next weekend with fastj&m

Repeater editors and authors will be in Cornwall next weekend for a series of events symposium_sm2organised by fastj&m as part of the Penzance Literary Festival fringe.
On Friday 10th July at 6pm there is a symposium on Radical Publishing in the New Millennium which features Repeater’s Tariq Goddard, Dawn Foster and Carl Neville alongside Jan Middendorp, Helen Charman, Rebecca Fitzsimmons, Bambo Soyinka, Jerome Fletcher and moderator, James Kearns.

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