Dear 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums I’m New Here - Ja­panese doom-rock in­sti­tu­tion cel­e­brate 25 years of ex­is­tence LOUIS PATTISON MARk BENT­LEy

Along­side Sunn O))) and Earth, Boris are lead­ing lights of a small sub­genre of metal groups tak­ing Black Sab­bath’s slow and sludgy tem­plate and dis­till­ing it into new con­cen­tra­tions of heav­i­ness. Af­ter LPs like Pink and At­ten­tion Please, which in­ter­min­gled Boris’ churn­ing guitars with as­pects of shoegaze and J-pop, Dear feels like a re­fresh to their core sound – you can al­most see the am­pli­fiers trem­ble as “Dead­song” and “Kagero” de­ploy their depth-charge riffs. But Boris’ trump card is their un­likely grace­ful­ness. “Be­yond”, fea­tur­ing vo­cals from gui­tarist Wata, achieves a drift­ing, beau­ti­ful des­o­la­tion that many of their peers lack. post-hip-hop pro­duc­tion mo­ments. The spir­its of Ste­vie, the Is­leys and Sly Stone are in­voked re­peat­edly: “No Hold­ing Back” and “Good Mu­sic” typ­ify a set of gen­er­ous grooves, tai­lor-made for sum­mer.

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