Uniform push the limits of their apocalyptic, industrial punk on their bombastic third full-length album, The Long Walk.
Following hot on the heels of 2017’s critically-acclaimed Wake in Fright, The Long Walk picks up where its predecessor left off and refines and pushes its singular sonic bombardment to new, more violent territories. Guitarist and noise architect Ben Greenberg crafts engrossing and earsplitting atmospheres throughout the record, as well as some of the band’s most confrontational riffs to date. Frontman Michael Berdan snarls and spits tales of spiritual paradox with venom. Rounding out their mechanized sound this time around is drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, et al), whose thunderous percussive presence aids Uniform‘s sound in becoming the well-oiled cyborg it always intended to be. The Long Walk shows a band refocused, firing on all cylinders, and out for blood.
Haunting, Angelo Badalamenti-esque ambiance shimmers at the beginning of opening track “The Walk” before the song explodes into a wall of punishing drums, thick hazes of distortion, and driving, arresting guitar riffs. Berdan screams his throat to shreds as these towering guitar riffs march over truly seismic rhythmic section, burying the listener beneath layers of post-industrial noise. “Inhuman Condition” arrives shortly afterward with towering, mid-paced sludge that stomps about with a punk groove. The song breaks from the simplistic, yet bludgeoning main riff for off-kilter, squalling guitar feedback and piercing harsh noise that is the equivalent of shoving a dental drill into the ear canal.
Songs such as “Found” and “Anointing of the Sick” are some of the more vicious, riff-heavy tracks on the record. The former rides out a crunchy, palm-muted hardcore riff that collides with tumultuous drumming in a heart-stopping cacophony, only to conclude in an assault of malfunctioning cyber noise. The latter track revolves around a handful of sliding, angular, venomous guitar lines that bleed from one to the other, bringing along wailing leads to break things up when needed.
From the explosive and ludicrously catchy “The Walk”, to the ultra distorted, face-melting lurch of “Peaceable Kingdom”, The Long Walk provides one cyberkinetic beatdown after the next. With Wake in Fright and The Long Walk, Uniform provide the essential soundtracks for both the decline of western civilization and existential reflection.
Release Date: August 17, 2018
Label: Sacred Bones Records
Favorite Tracks: “The Walk”, “Inhuman Condition”, “Found” and “Alone in the Dark”
For Fans Of: Wreck and Reference, Ministry, Street Sects and Youth Code