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The Word As Law (Remastered)

by Neurosis

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Jettenbach wish this still had the Joy Division cover on Favorite track: To What End.
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baudelagon Morceaux plus longs, plus éloignés de la structure répétitive du thrash(?) du premier album. Une belle évolution qui fait démarrer ici ma vraie admiration pour ce groupe.
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Darknight Neurosis only do heavy and The Word As Law is exactly that and more,its exactly what you want from a Neurosis record. Favorite track: To What End.
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XUN One of my most favourite albums of Neurosis. It's fast and adorable to the core. Drumming here is excellent. Favorite track: Double-Edged Sword.
East Bay Working Class
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East Bay Working Class So after devouring Pain Of Mind and incredible live Neurosis shows .....I pretty much figured they couldn't get any heavier or innovative ( those guys are always innovating and growing though- right?) ,but then Word As Law drops and I hear Blisters. I'm completely gobsmacked!!! It wasn't as fast as Pain Of Minds stuff,but it was heavier than shit. That track was dark,heavy,haunting,and beautiful at the same time
NO BULLSHIT-- I DESTROYED 2 COPIES ON CASSETTE PLAYING BLISTERS OVER AND OVER. It's an incredible album by a band who broke the mold and did shit differently and didn't play it safe. Okay, I'm done waxing poetic--just buy the album. Favorite track: Blisters.
Fernando Benítez
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Fernando Benítez the drums and bass are now pristine and extra powerful. however, i do find the guitars a bit thin. this was a very important album for me back in '91. and though i've followed neurosis ever since, i must admit that i miss this harsher, thrashier, groovier style of yore. guys, why not try it again, for variety's sake?
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The Choice 04:02
Obsolescence 05:07
To What End 06:18
Blisters 07:15


I still remember the first time I heard The Word as Law, shortly after it was released in 1990. From the first chords of “Double-Edged Sword” I was hooked – the sounds seemed to send some sort of powerful electrical current coursing through my body – and by the time the feedback faded out at the end of “Blisters” I was emotionally spent. I had never heard anything like it: The Word as Law completely changed my understanding of three different musical genres – punk, hardcore, and metal.

The record blends elements of all three. There is the raw moodiness of punk. The ferocity and anger of hardcore. The musicianship and dynamics of metal. But The Word as Law transcends all those labels, in the process creating something utterly unique.

It hit me on so many levels. It spoke to the anger I had as a young punk, my sense that I was trapped in a dog-eat-dog world of relentless capitalist competition, my alienation from the broader society. But it also resonated on a deeper level. My father killed himself when I was a teenager, leaving me mourning, feeling as if I were surrounded by a thick fog of despair. The Word as Law is not happy collection of songs, but it played this incredibly positive and cathartic role in my life. Listening to it over and over, gave me an odd sense of comfort. I realized that I wasn’t the only person struggling with deep emotional turmoil and found myself slowly working through the anger and grief that had enveloped me.

More than 25 years later they are still my favorite band. And I still try to attend every Neurosis show I can.

The Word as Law was a massive influence on an entire generation of bands including my own, Econochrist. It’s the bridge to what Neurosis would become in later years. So put it back on your turntable. Step to the front the falling is today. - Ben Sizemore

Neurosis is:
Jason Roeder
Dave Edwardson
Scott Kelly
Steve Von Till
Noah Landis

The 2017 reissue of The Word As Law was completely remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering. The album's cover artwork has been reworked by Neurosis' former live visual architect Josh Graham to match the previous reissued titles.


released August 25, 2017


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NEUROSIS is music. Music in the same way that Wagner is music. Or that it all comes down. Or the graying granite planet we call home is both the cradle and coffin of all desire and hopes and expression forces its way through us and into wires and out of speakers framing a journey from here to there and not back again. Ever. This is a one-way trip. ... more

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