Boris - NO
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #230 / 686
User Score
Based on 107 ratings
2020 Ratings: #91
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July 3, 2020 / Release Date
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Spectrum Culture

NO’s raw exuberance carries the tenacious spirit and unrelenting creativity that keeps Boris on the vanguard of heavy music in Japan and far beyond.

The Needle Drop

NO is the most kick-ass Boris has sounded in over a decade.

It’s hardly a sampler of the band’s full range, but some may be relieved by its concise runtime, easy digestibility, steady arsenal of thrills, relative independence from the development of Boris’ wider discography, and (for now) absence of confusing differences from version to version.
A gloriously claustrophobic crucible full of all the sounds Boris make best, heated by indignation with our time of closed borders and extreme international turmoil.
Northern Transmissions

NO, Boris’ generally speedy new full-length, finds the threesome embracing the wonderfully ugly sounds of early Japanese hardcore...but even that doesn’t ring entirely true.


NO certainly caters to longtime fans, especially ones who rather be pummeled with noise instead of pulled into new realms, which may disappoint fans of their more experimental songs ...But their cacophony continues to provide comfort, especially in these strange times.

NO!?!?!?!?! MORE LIKE YES?!?!?!?!?!?!!? 😂😂😂😂😂
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Boris is very loud and hard core and plays guitar very loud and entense. You will like it if you like loud music but not to loud.
good album with good musicand good songs.

Few albums this year have managed to be this sinister and heavy while also being as fun as NO. Even though they’ve been making music for well over 20 years now, Boris have the hunger of a new band putting out their debut on this record, melting your face with blistering thrash on one track and then crushing your body into oblivion on the next. It’s the best kind of musical whiplash. It can be argued that this album doesn’t do much to innovate in the styles it ... read more
Boris says NO, I say... maybe not YES.... but yes.

I think I would like this better if they went straight crust punk all the way through. Sure, it would remind me a bit more of Discharge (without much of the D-beat of course), but that energy is bonkers enough on its own, and to hear Boris doing that even as it is here on NO is quite nice.

So yes.
Legendary sludge metal band, Boris has a pretty mixed bag as far as their discography goes in recent years, but NO is actually a pretty solid addition. The production is very heavy, the riffs have that classic thick, sludgy sound and there are the loud droning aesthetics. There are some layered, more progressive tracks which is nice to hear once again from Boris, and of course there are a fair share of visceral, high energy ragers as well. I'd say that this is one for hardcore fans, especially ... read more
Japanese doom and sludge metal act Boris return with their most accessible and dissonant project in recent memory. Echoing Pink, NO takes the band back to what makes their sound so electrifying, keeping up the high intensity energy throughout the whole project. While it's always nice to see Boris experiment with new styles (drone, ambient and even dream pop come to mind), the group demonstrate and update their original MO here in exciting ways, with passionate vocal performances, and clear, but ... read more
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Track List

  1. Genesis
  2. Anti-Gone
  3. Non Blood Lore
  4. Temple of Hatred
  5. 鏡 -Zerkalo-
  6. HxCxHxC -Parforation Line-
  7. キキノウエ -Kiki no Ue-
  8. Lust
  9. Fundamental Error
  10. Loveless
  11. Interlude

Added on: June 24, 2020