Next month: Neurosis return to Budapest with Yob and Kowloon Walled City
It’s been twenty years since Neurosis played in the city of Budapest. Last time the band was in the vicinity, they played at the now extinct Almássy téri Szabadidőközpont – or Almássy Square Leisure Centre, in English – together with Voivod, Today Is The Day and Vágtázó Halottkémek, in a legendary evening that will never be forgotten by those lucky enough to be in the audience that night. At that time, Neurosis were already seen as a force to be reckoned with in a musical realm that was barely known. Fast forward twenty years, they are now an institution, a driving force of creativity devoted to musical exploration and experimentation and an absolute reference when it comes to post-metal and sludge. Eleven full-length records and a myriad of releases in between – that range from splits and EPs to a tremendous collaboration with Jarboe -, speak for themselves, and many are the bands and artists that cite the Oakland, California quintet as a source of inspiration, not just in music but also in life. Naturally, their return to Budapest is a highly-anticipated event, so much so that the entirety of the tickets had been sold out in less than a day, prompting the promoters at Phoenix Music to make a change in venue – which resulted in a fast sell out as well.
But Neurosis aren’t the only ones that will be a part of such a marvellous occasion. On this European tour they will be embarking on next month, they will be bringing two very special bands that will also make their presence known in Budapest. One of those groups are the current standard-bearers of the stoner/doom genre, Yob, who are returning to Budapest after just eight months to once again present their latest offering in spiritual and esoteric metal, Our Raw Heart. The other, Kowloon Walled City, are a group of equally minded artists dedicated to creating expansive and distorted soundscapes in a sludgy, post-hardcore environment, who will be presenting their latest record, Grievances, which was released in 2016 via Neurot Recordings, Neurosis’ own record label. It is going to be one hell of a night.
Neurosis’ return to Budapest will take place at the Akvárium Klub, on July 24th. As mentioned above, tickets for the event are completely sold out.