Boomkat Product Review:
Japanese doom-gaze heroes Boris meet NYC noiseniks Uniform on 'Bright New Disease', a glamorous run through thrash metal, basement grot, woozy industrial ambience, electro pop and operatic hardcore.
Boris have never been able to stick to just one thing, and that's no doubt what's made them such an enduring concern. 'Bright New Disease' is one of their most varied releases to date, pitting them against Uniform, who appear to goad them into following their most eccentric impulses. So an album that begins with the hilariously Metallica-esque 'You Are the Beginning' can immediately stumble into 'Weaponized Grief', a splattery, noise-damaged hardcore slog that's over before it hits the two-minute mark.
Elsewhere, 'The Look is a Flame' is as portentous as prog rock, anchored by both screaming metal vocals and ethereal choirs that dematerialize in a flurry of freeform drums and doom-y riffs. This just makes the sonic left turn of 'The Sinners of Hell (Jigoku)' all the more refreshing, with its half-speed psych rawk bump and layers of soupy effects - if you can imagine Bohren und der Club of Gore making a Comets on Fire record, this gets pretty close. Then there's 'Narcotic Shadow', a grubby, cybernetic electro-pop anthem that sounds like Depeche Mode. Unexpected stuff, and all the better for it.