First for music news
This Week's Issue
You’re logged in

Boris - 'Noise'

Tokyo musician Boris ventures into heavy metal with mixed results

Boris - 'Noise'

Album Info

  • Release Date: June 16, 2014
  • Label: Sargent House
6 / 10 In a pureblood genre like heavy metal, there is little value in flaunting your chameleonic qualities: making out you can do anything doesn’t make you the Bowie of the riff, it just makes you look like a fly-by-night. Tokyo’s Boris are an exception, having chalked up some 20 albums that veer from earnest J-rock to blissed-out shoegazing to avant-garde amp worship; not all beloved, by any means, but definitely respected. ‘Noise’ itself runs quite the gamut: from the demented thrash of ‘Quicksilver’ to the naïve, drum machine-powered indie pop of ‘Taiyo No Baka’. Their lighter moments can be a bit cringeworthy – too earnest by half – but when they go slow and heavy, they’re unfuckwithable: see ‘Heavy Rain’, where guitarist Wata’s pixie coo is hurled around on waves of neon sludge.

Louis Pattison

To rate this track, log in to NME.COM

To read all our reviews first - days before they appear online - check out NME magazine, on sale every Wednesday

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

More Videos
More Boris
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read Reviews
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today