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Neuronia / Press

“Around every corner in "Under the Same Sky" there is a surprise lurking and waiting to jump you. Not a single song sounds copied and pasted into the next. That variation keeps the listener hooked and wanting to listen more. Under the Same Sky is smooth and crisp and the production is clean and silky. Neuronia has an innate ability to capture moments and bend you to their will. Working their way through several different genres, Neuronia sew together infectious riff after infectious riff. Over the course of the album the vocalist switches from sultry and velvety cleans to melodious yet strong roars.In the forty-two minutes that it takes you to listen to this, you travel through not only thrash, but death metal, as well as hints of sludge, and you even get to hear an instrumental toward the end and two ballads. Neuronia takes different genres and sounds and mashes them together and creates a sound that is whole and overall fun to listen to and headbang to until your heart is content.”

“Neuronia play pretty straight forward hard rock/metal, y’know, like if Godsmack had made more than one good album. Some of the songs on "Under The Same Sky" are more hard rock and some are more metal, but all pretty much rock balls. It was the opening track, "Good Clean Fun", that immediately caught my attention then the rest of the album held it. Neuronia mix so many styles into their sound from thrash to melodeth to grunge (a'la Alice in Chains) to much more, while never getting “too heavy” to drive fringe metal fans away, but never dropping the dreaded ballad to push the metal fans away ("Dialogues of a Love Lost" comes close, but never really gets there). I guess what I’m saying is - much like Guns ‘N’ Roses did nearly 30 years ago, Neuronia have wide appeal from the metalcore kids to death metal kids. I’m not saying Neuronia are the 2nd coming of GnR, but they have a sound that has that type of wide appeal from rock fans to metal fans which is kind of a rare thing. ”

“While the band is certainly rooted in the early days of thrash, their music transcends it by offering a progressive element alongside the thrash-core. When listening, bands like Sadus, Heathen, and, most certainly, Voivod all come to mind here, as do Pestilence and System of a Down. "Under the Same Sky" is a bit of a deceiver. It’s easy to listen to it and enjoy it just as a solid metal album. However, if you crank that sucker up and really pay attention you’ll find something extremely unique. "Forest Fury” is a good example. The song is all set up for vocals with intricate guitar work trading space with a groovier, nearly bass driven part, but the band defy convention and keep it both instrumental and interesting. The title track rolls out like a tank, blending small bits of nineties Hardcore (chorus) with Melodic Death Metal (overall sound) and Progressive Thrash. The best part is that they don’t get lost in any of it and the songs come across crystal clear and heavy as hell.”

"Under the Same Sky" made my day. In the midst of a metal scene that is being overrun by mediocre bands (and a lot of great ones as well, don’t get me wrong) it’s a pleasure hearing something as refreshing as Neuronia. Looking into the band I was truly surprised finding out the band hails from Poland. The band sounds incredibly American. The sound is like Strapping Young Lad, but more transparent. It’s like System Of A Down, but way more metal. It’s like Volbeat, but without Johnny Cash. It’s all of the above, but with a heavier side and mixed up with some furious thrash. The songwriting is exciting and catchy. The vocals are raw at times, clear at others and are jam-packed with emotions. Everything was poured on the album with a beautiful production that’s crystal clear, but also has a heavy edge. Absolutely stunning album. Rating: 92/100

“'Under The Same Sky' is loaded with modern day thrash metal songs, seemingly influenced by the big names in the genre. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, At The Gates, D.R.I., there is a lot to be found here. So it's no wonder that the music by Neuronia is highly energetic metal, perfectly suited for live performances. Judging from what I hear on songs like 'Good Clean Fun' and 'Get Ready For War', those performances will be loud and heavy. Yet, Neuronia isn't all about banging your head until in falls off and ens up in the middle of the moshpit. They also prove to be decent musicians with a flair for writing complex and dynamic songs. Anger, despair, fear,... it's all there, nicely illustrated by strong riffs and massive drums. Everything a metalhead loves, is present on this album. Flashing guitar solo's, a great alternation between calm, emotional passages and sheer metallic brutality, plenty of variation in vocals and loads of headbanging fun.”

“Neuronia is a band with obvious thrash metal roots, but they are something more - they don't like to stay within one genre and this album is a very good evidence of that. Eclecticism emanates from the omnipresent mixture of genres. Around the thrash metal core revolve elements of hardcore, melodic death metal and of course, touches of progressive metal. They remind me somehow of Canadian thrashers Voivod, and even at times resemble SYSTEM OF A DOWN. Using a variety of different vocal styles gives makes them different from similar bands. Therefore, the album is very listenable for a wider range of listeners without losing originality. A very good album, "Under the Same Sky" brings a breath of fresh air to the metal scene and comes in handy a touch of originality.”

“Polish death metallers Neuronia typify a band not afraid to branch outside the parameters of a fixed genre style and add facets and twists to test the listener, as this third album [Under the Same Sky] proves brilliantly. Whilst I've tagged this as death and thrash, this band offers far more than those two genres by adding anything and everything that takes their fancy. Awesome release. Rating: 9/10”

Martin Harris - Powerplay Rock & Metal Magazine #183

“In the two years between their previous release and new EP Insanity Relapse, Polish metallers Neuronia have grown or rather matured into a really striking band. Their two albums before the new EP, The Winter Of My Heart (2008) and Follow The White Mouse (2010) were both strong formidable releases unleashing a thrash/melodic metal brew which grabbed the attention easily and persistently even if not offering the greatest of surprises along the way. Insanity Relapse sees the band take strides forward with a new air of unpredictability and definition to their sound. Arguably there is less emphasis on thrash to fuel their music but it is more they have developed it into a fuller compact and melodic creature with certainly no less aggression than before.”

“For a 4 track EP, with 'Insanity Relapse' you really are given everything you’d expect from high octane riffs to melodies and progressions to keep you connected to the music all the way through. With a constantly moving groove keeping things alive and interesting there is never really a dull moment throughout.”

“The best way to describe the music is thrash/melodic/rock. Songs like “Kick the Fuckers Out” and “Moon Over Providence” blast ahead with rampant riffs and display pure rock ‘n roll swagger to the max. There’s also a straighter thrash approach echoed in these songs that brings to mind 90’s era Metallica and American prog metal band Prototype. I use both bands as comparisons in the sense that how melody and aggression are hallmarks of their individual sound.”

“Anyone who likes his thrash not too well done, with a lot of mid-tempo moments and clean sound, will quickly grow to like Neuronia. Maybe it's not too nasty or dirty, but the Poles make up for it with brilliant solos and solid, well-measured song structures”

“Neuronia caught me off guard with the high quality musicianship and the full of energy attitude slightly touching the modern side of the Metal scene that is usually found in the States. The 'Insanity Relapse' EP managed to excite my curiosity and made me look for more in the band’s short back catalogue. This is free, so there is absolutely no excuse for not checking them!”

“Insanitty Release is the perfect release to get acquainted with the band. Its short length will keep you focused at all times and the songwriting quality will please fans of any Metal genre which focuses on melody rather than technicality or brutality. To top this already appetizing cake, let’s just say that lyrcis deal mainly with Lovecraftian themes and with the self-explanatory last track “Moon over Providence” (Providence being Lovecraft’s hometown) and its incantations shout at the sky, there will be no more doubts about it. It’s nice to see that something actually Lovecraftian doesn’t have to be a gurgling putrid mass of abomination like Portal or Fungoid Stream (even though I love these two bands) but can also be expressed in a much more epic way.”

“In general, we think that “Follow the White Mouse” is by far one of the most refreshing and different albums we have heard in quite a while. The band manages to seamlessly blend all kinds of influences in this release and pull it off graciously. The album’s production is top notch and easily comparable to anything produced by bigger bands. We can only expect bigger (this release only lasts 32 minutes) and better things from the band in the future so go and get this release and get into Neuronia’s original musical style.”

“Frequent change of rhythm, varied vocals (two vocalists in the band), unexpected melodic guitar solos (very droll moment a la sitar) and confident drums talk about teamwork of musicians and their extraordinary fantasy. [...] Honestly, this album ["Follow the White Mouse"] called positive emotions and pleased me by simple but catchy melodies and exuberant energy.”

“Neuronia lean the most towards Meshuggah without being as complicated or complex. With a base of thrash metal they build a musical house closer to Picasso than Dali, more Cubism than Surrealism so to speak. Closer to mainstream metal than to avant-garde.”