It was an evening to remember at Union Transfer as Neurosis made their first appearance in Philadelphia in over five years with a very special appearance by John Dyer Baizley and Pete Adams of Baroness who made their first joint public appearance since being injured in a serious bus accident in the UK last August.
The influential, post-metal titans that comprise Neurosis recently dropped a new full-length, Honor Found In Decay, that received honors on on some of the most prestigious year-end lists of 2012 including our own. We also recently caught up longtime Neurosis guitarist and solo-artist, Steve Von Till for an exclusive interview where the renowned musician discusses the writing and recording processes behind this latest masterpiece.
We’ve seen no shortage of coverage on Baroness or John Baizley recently, but it was especially nice to him joined by Pete Adams as the pair continue the road to recovery. Having seen Baizley the night before at the same venue, performing “Coral Blue” with Converge at Decibel’s 100th Issue Bash, you could still feel the energy brooding and emitting from the wounded front man. With a stand-in drummer draped in darkness, the duo expressed a longing for the remaining half of Baroness who are still grinding through varying stages of the long recovery process. The crowd honed in intently on the duo and cheered encouragingly as the pair tore through a prime selection of cuts from the new Yellow & Green album, of which, limited edition copies were available for fans.
Neurosis took the stage and proceeded to bludgeon the audience with the loudest show I’ve experienced at Union Transfer in its two-year history. With driving rhythms that march like a 10,000-man army, you feel Neurosis as much as you hear them. I think Steve Von Till described the Neurosis experience best when he told us, “It’s way bigger than us as individuals. It’s more of a tapping into something environmental..”
Once again our faithful and ever-talented Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging) was on hand to deliver a mammoth gallery for your viewing pleasure.
John Baizley and Pete Adams of Baroness