BORIS DEAR SAR­GENT HOUSE, OUT NOW Ja­panese noise-sculp­tors step back from their own ex­tinc­tion.

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Long be­fore Sunn 0))) be­came poster boys for con­fronta­tional art-metal, Boris were blow­ing amps and eardrums with a sub-bass grind that re-imag­ined mu­sic as en­durance test. Dear was con­ceived as the Tokyo trio’s farewell af­ter 25 years on the ex­per­i­men­tal front­line, only for it to in­ad­ver­tently re­vive their flag­ging muse. Cer­tainly the slo-mo land­slip that is D.o.W.N. – Dom­i­na­tion of Wait­ing Noise doesn’t sound like the work of a band run­ning out of steam. But there’s beauty amid the sonic deso­la­tion too, most no­tably on the bliss­fully un­fold­ing vis­tas of Distopia Van­ish­ing Point, while Ab­so­lutego could be that most un­fa­mil­iar of con­cepts: a straight­for­ward heavy metal song.

DAVE EVERLEY Lis­ten To: D.O.W.N. – Dom­i­na­tion Of Wait­ing Noise | Ab­so­lutego

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