Japanese experimental trio Boris have released their new album, No.
Self-released on their Bandcamp page, the 11-track record follows their 2019 release Love & Evol, which was released on Jack White’s Third Man Records. No lurches from hardcore to sludge to thrash, and includes a homage to iconic Japanese hardcore punk band GUDON: a cover of their 1992 song “Fundamental Error.”
The harsh, ugly textures of No belie Boris’ actual mission on the album: one of redemption. In a statement, via Consequence of Sound, the band wrote: “We hope this latest album can be a mirror that gathers and reflects people’s negative energy at a different angle, one that is positive. That is the power and potential of the dark, extreme, and brutal noise music that we have experienced up to this point. Today’s society is littered with words that may or may not be true, making it easy to want to just not listen to what anyone has to say.
“But, that’s all the more reason why we hope that you will at least open your ears to these songs sung in the language of another land. These shouts that have no proper meaning as words will help release the raw, unshaped emotions within you. This is ‘extreme healing music.’”
To mark the release of No, Boris also dropped a video for the cut “Anti-Gone.” It captures a single dancer interpreting the explosive track in an empty venue. Watch it here:
And stream No below: