Boris have often spread fear and terror. With extreme hardcore avant-garde, with sounds that lie beyond the pain threshold. However radical they may have been, they have always attached importance to artistic expression. But the - hey, Boris are Japanese! - was not always easy to bear or at least to comprehend. On more than twenty albums Boris, who have named themselves after a song by the Melvins, have always blown up their boundaries. The new album "Noise" couldn't be more aptly titled, as it seems to accumulate the essence of all the "noises" of the troupe founded in 1992. Despite its title "Noise" is bearable without effort, even surprisingly catchy, of course again and again with barbs and bristles. All this is good for the album. This is also good for Boris, because perhaps the Japanese will gain the reputation that they have long been entitled to here. And that without having to make artistic compromises. The opener "Melody" is an extreme, fast, shrill rocker typical for her, in which it just cracks like that. Punk meets heavy rock. Also the second track "Vanilla". But already in "Ghost Of Romance" the tempo is slowed down until the machines almost come to a standstill. A glittering guitar roar becomes almost biting, until all the guitars turn into tough art rock. The strange magic of this track is topped by "Heavy Rain", in which a childlike female voice and massive, but slow grooves pile up with the guitars to gigantic sounds. The short "Taiyo No Baka" is an indie caricature, and in the cacophony "Quicksilver" Boris are simply abandoned by all good spirits. Unrivalled highlight, however, is "Angel": a nineteen minute long, highly dynamic art rock trip full of guitar walls.
Top track: Angel