Boris - No LP
Third Man Records
Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like "explosive" and "thunderous" barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. Boris continue their bountiful output with two monumental vinyl versions of their milestone releases; 2000's Flood and 2020's NO on Third Man Records. Hailed as Boris's "most compelling album in more than a decade" (Pitchfork), NO was was furiously recorded in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and "surprise" released in July of 2020. Initially released digitally (with a very limited vinyl run), the album was met with immediate and widespread praise. Meant to serve as a mirror that redirects the negativity of the global lockdown to something more positive, the content on NO can be characterized as "extreme healing music." Musically, NO draws from influential noise-heavy hardcore group Gudon, even including a cover of their song "Fundamental Error." NO is a classic hardcore thrash record and is one of the band's strongest efforts from start to finish.