Boris 'No'

Japanese quartet's 27th studio offering is one of their most accessible albums to date

There are few bands that can match Boris in both longevity and style. Since 1992, the band have refused to acknowledge their style of music, with drummer Atsuo once saying: “Having some kind of preconceived message or theme is very boring to me. It becomes a crutch. Just say what you want to say.”

However their music is described, be it heavy metal, stoner rock, thrash or doom metal, they’ve been able to release a massive 27 studio albums since the band’s inception.

Their latest offering then is No, and it’s a heart-pounding, aggressive amalgamation of metal genres that we’ve come to expect from the Japanese rockers. The album opener, ‘Genesis’ is the type of pure heavy doom rock that Boris excel at but that soon changes on ‘Non Blood Lore’ and ‘Temple of Hatred’ which combine punk and thrash with Atsuo Mizono’s aggressive wails and screams.

Unusually for Boris, there are no lengthy, drawn out jams on No, and they instead steady their focus on shorter tracks with Mizuno roaring his messages frighteningly down the microphone. Their cover of Gudon’s ‘Fundamental Error’, is a highlight which even incorporates a rare bluesy guitar intro and solo which is rather rare for the guitar bashing quartet.

There are still plenty of time changes, sustained guitars and heavy roars to keep most Boris fans interested but the quick flight from one track to the next means that it's difficult to be fully immersed in the album as a whole.

By keeping the track lengths short however and focusing more on thrashing them out, Boris have produced one of their more accessible albums to date and No could well gain them a few new fans.

No is out now via Bandcamp.

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