AOTY 2020


Uniform - Shame
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Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #268 / 764
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Loud and Quiet

Shame, their fourth LP and first as a trio – founding vocalist Michael Berdan and producer/guitarist Ben Greenberg newly joined by drummer Mike Sharp – is a worthy addition to their intimidating canon.

Reinventing a core element of themselves, Uniform present a side they have previously kept boiling angrily under a darkened surface.

Listening to Shame is a gut-wrenching and extremely visceral experience, and for this reason, it is the best album Uniform has put out to date.

Make no mistake, this album is not for the faint of heart, and it may even trouble some seasoned metal veterans. This is not your average industrial metal album folks – this is a slab of repugnant, malignant noise made with evil intent.
Under The Radar
Uniform thrive on discomfort; not the over-the-top kind found strewn along metal’s gorey fringes, but an existential dread more grounded in bleak and bare faces of reality.
Beats Per Minute
Slightly more mature, perhaps even more confident, than some of the visceral slabs of pure adrenaline that marked their earlier releases, it’s a record that plays with extremes but with a command over the noise created.
Northern Transmissions

Uniform have sonically captured a deeply unsettling yet relatable state of mind on Shame. As individuals are forced into self-isolation in these troubling times, this record serves as a stark reminder of the abyss that awaits us if we are not careful.


Like other Uniform records, Shame is bleak and chaotic, but feels unmistakably honest and true to life.

Metal Injection
Banging on the doldrums under the shadow of God’s hand. Uniform orchestrates their own blend of cacophony with surgical precision and punk sensibility.
It's heavy, it's pissed, but it's kind of boring. It's like watching a slow boxing match. There are big punches here and there but I am just passively listening. Vocals are kind of just yelling, I think some screams interspersed would help bring this sound up a notch. It's in some uncanny valley of hardcore.

New York's own Uniform (an industrial-noise rock band that's been making quite some -- ahem -- "noise" in the scene haha) apparently drops the drum machine from their last few albums and instead has live drum instrumentation. What happens is a sheer bangerfest of doom and hate that admittedly sounds muddy on headphones, but like, does that really matter...?

The dark pessimism and rage of the album works best as an in-the-moment catharsis that reveals itself ... read more
big punch
Uniform return sounding more focused than ever, bringing in a slew of their dreariest and explosive tracks yet. Which, if you know them, is a big statement. But there’s just something so tortured, so REAL about this album that I can’t help but adore. Plus, as far as their sound goes, they sound like a well-oiled machine ready to dominate these genres. I do think they can get even more focused however, and even out their sound even more

Give A Listen To: “Delco”, ... read more
American noise rock band Uniform (which is comprised of vocalist Michael Berdan and guitarist/programer Ben Greenberg) really impressed me with the noise they presented on their 2017 release Wake in Fright and although their 2018 album the Long Walk got by me somehow, I was sure to check out their newest Shame. I'm really not surprised by the onslaught they brought to my ears with these songs (especially the distortion shown on "Life in Remission" and "This Won't End Well"), ... read more
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Track List

  1. Delco
  2. The Shadow of God's Hand
  3. Life in Remission
  4. Shame
  5. All We've Ever Wanted
  6. Dispatches from the Gutter
  7. This Won't End Well
  8. I Am the Cancer
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Added on: June 25, 2020