Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Oct 31, 2012
    80
    Nothing here indicates they won't continue to rank among progressive music's leading explorers, well beyond those temporal musical fashions discussed earlier.
  2. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    Honor Found in Decay is impressive and formidable, revealing a band still searching for that perfect distillation of stentorian sound and heartbreaking sincerity.
  3. Oct 29, 2012
    79
    The record doesn't abandon the moody sprawl of the band's last few full-lengths, but it does help restore urgency to an aesthetic that seemed in danger of growing soporific.
  4. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    Honor found in Decay confirms that they are a metal band, yes--but one reminiscent of Silver Mount Zion or Swans as any more traditionally heavy-rocking concern. [Nov 2012, p.73]
  5. Nov 21, 2012
    60
    An excellent return. [Dec 2012, p.109]
  6. Oct 30, 2012
    67
    Despite flashes of greatness, the uneven, unfocused Honor Found In Decay feels more like a placeholder.
  7. Nov 8, 2012
    80
    The details change, but the heaviness remains.
  8. Nov 1, 2012
    70
    In principal this is another finely crafted record in the vein of much that has been released by Neurosis since 2000. The problem is that what sounded so exciting during that vital three album run identified earlier was never going to have the same impact today.
  9. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    In less skilful hands, this relentless sonic oppression would be gruelling, but by expressing human frailty with such visceral abandon, Neurosis have once again turned darkness into euphoria.
  10. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    The folk direction of the group's past few albums still lingers, but it's mostly buried behind immense decibels and frightening intensity. [Nov 2012, p.92]
  11. Nov 16, 2012
    80
    By forging a path from hardcore punk through sludge and doom metal and influencing many others along the way, Neurosis have worn their influences on their sleeves, yet have still managed to evolve by sounding more intensely like themselves.
  12. Oct 29, 2012
    85
    Their voices and sound may be immeasurably more ragged and weathered, but if Neurosis' idea of "consistency" continues to include this kind of additional exploration at this point in their career, may their journey never end.
  13. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    Honor Found in Decay, the band's 11th or so studio album, is an organic, humanizing refinement of said retooling, one that is very subtle yet undoubtedly informed by guitarist Steve Von Till and bassist Scott Kelly's forays into the fandom and unadorned tribute exercises regarding the late Townes Van Zandt.
  14. Dec 21, 2012
    90
    It is a stubborn, patient sharpening of their craft.
  15. Feb 11, 2013
    78
    Read: wall-battering grunge, post-final battle atmospherics, and enough emotional gristle to feed a Tyrannosaurus rex.
  16. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    While lacking the immediate and defining qualities of their previous releases, the album still manages to outclass its peers in almost every regard.
  17. Oct 30, 2012
    80
    While the execution has become more precise, more considered, the gigantic, swooping structures of the songs remain as thick and muscular as the Midgard Serpent, undulating around and encircling the world.
  18. Dec 5, 2012
    70
    Honor Found In Decay is a solid Neurosis album, but it doesn't find them doing anything new. [Nov 2012, p.63]
  19. Nov 1, 2012
    90
    It's not often an album of such stature exceeds one's anticipations, but Honor is too astounding to not be revered.
  20. Dec 10, 2012
    100
    Honor Found In Decay is another milestone in a catalogue which consists of nothing but milestones. [3 Nov 2012, p.53]

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