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