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New Heavy Sounds – 20th July 2018

Originally released independently in February, Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 sees Blacklab’s debut receive a vinyl release, wider distribution, and augmented by an additional track. It sounds like we’re arriving halfway through a song at the start of the album’s opener, ‘Black Moon’. It’s a slow, hefty riff that grinds out of the speakers at high volume. Yes, it’s loud and mastered even louder. Then the pace picks up the drums really get cracking and everything just throbs.

Yuko’s vocals are astonishing, switching between full-on gutsy hard rock, and witchy ethereal, and snarling deep and demonic. And they’re not afraid to send the needles into red, everything cracking with a fuzzy edge of overloading distortion. It’s this in-yer-face production that really makes Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 the album it is. You don’t just listen to it: you feel it. You visualise the speaker cones on a massive rig vibrating, can almost feel the air being displaced.

‘Warm Death’ takes the face down and exploits the classic quiet / loud dynamic thing, and against a tidal wave of overdriven guitar the banshee howl vocals are nothing short of terrifying. Closer ‘Big Muff’ goes all the way for maximum downtuned sluge, with enough low-end to give rise to an uncomfortable sensation in the bowels. And it does so for ten whole minutes, in an audaciously excessive workout worthy of Melvins.

Coming on at times like Boris at their best, it’s hard to conceive that Blacklab are just two in number. Because this is some dense noise, gritty, driving and raw. There’s chug and grind, and there’s thunderous powerchords in abundance. In fact, there’s no let up – and no filler. And they could only ever have come from Japan: while we’ve seen a number of female-fronted stoner/doom/heavy bands emerging recently, Blacklab stand out as one of the fiercest, most intense and most-far out. They promise ‘Fuzz, fuzz, fuzz, doom, stoner, more fuzz,’ and they deliver it with the knobs all turned to eleven.

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Japanese power trio Boris share a Goth-Trad reconstruction of ‘DEADSONG’, a track from their latest album release, Dear (Sargent House). Check it here:

Boris head out on the road on a co-headlining tour of Europe with Amenra next year, including a number of UK shows. Dates below.

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BORIS & AMENRA CO-HEADLINE TOUR DATES

14/02 – Bristol, Thekla, UK

15/02 – London, Heaven, UK

16/02 – Norwich, Arts Centre, UK

17/02 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms, UK

18/02 – Manchester, Gorilla, UK

19/02 – Glasgow, St. Lukes, UK

20/02 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, UK

21/02 – Lille, Aeronef, FR

22/02 – Oberhausen, Drucklufthaus, DE *No Boris on this show

23/02 – Dresden, Beatpol, DE

24/02 – Warsaw, Progresja, PL

25/02 – Prague, Palac Akropolis, CZ

26/02 – Budapest, A38, HU

27/02 – Ljubljana, Kino Siska, SL

28/02 – Bologna, Locomotiv, IT

01/03 – Rome, Monk, IT

02/03 – Milan, Santeria Social Club, IT

03/03 – Karlsruhe Jubez, DE

04/03 – Haarlem, Patronaat, NL

Hot on the heels of their 23rd full-length album release, Dear (Sargent House), Japanese power trio Boris are this week embarking on a European tour, also to commemorate their 25th anniversary as a band. To mark the occasion, we’re sharing a live version of new album track ‘The Power’, capturing Boris in their element.

You can watch it here, with full dates below…

BORIS 25 ANNIVERSARY/DEAR TOUR DATES

03/08 – Moscow, Volta – RU
04/08 – St. Petersburg, ClubZal – RU
05/08 – Vienna, Szene – AT
06/08 – Katowice, OFF Festival – PL
07/08 – Leipzig, Naumans – DE
08/08 – Berlin, Lido – DE
09/08 – Jaromer, Brutal Assault – CZ
10/08 – Munich, Backstage – DE
11/08 – Frankfurt, Das Bett – DE
12/08 – Lausanne, Rock Altitude – CH
13/08 – Ieper, Ieperfest – BE
15/08 – Cologne, Underground – DE
16/08 – Hamburg, Hafenklang – DE
17/08 – Bielefeld, Forum – DE
18/08 – Amstelveen, P60 – NL
19/08 – Bristol, Arctangent Festival – UK
20/08 – Dublin, Whelans – IE
21/08 – Cork, Cyprus Avenue – IE

23/08 – Belfast – Limelight – UK

25/08 – Helsinki – Nosturi – FI

Full details of their US tour dates can be found on the Sargent House website.