U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT MONTH WITH PORTRAYAL OF GUILT
Today industrial trail blazers Uniform have announced their return overseas. They’ll embark on a 27 date run across the UK and Europe in Spring 2022 with Pinkish Black along for support. In anticipation of this and their upcoming U.S. tour – their first since the release of the lauded 2020 heavy-hitter, Shame – they have released a new video, “The Shadow of God’s Hand“
Vocalist Michael Berdan explains, “The central theme behind ‘The Shadow of God’s Hand’ are the inherent contradictions present in conventional Christianity. I was brought up with this idea of ‘act right or you’re going to hell.’ I’ve listened to family members as they worried themselves to tears over the fate of a loved one’s soul. To me, the concept of a punitive God is antithetical to the comfort I derive from a spiritual practice. Does God serve to comfort or chastise? Does following Christ’s teachings serve to create a kinder, more equitable world or have those teachings become so perverted that they simply stand as tools of control? For many, there is a fine line in their belief structure between salvation and damnation. This song attempts to touch on these paradoxes.”
*w/ Portrayal of Guilt & Code Orange (no Body Void)
Over the past decade, Uniform’s Michael Berdan and Ben Greenberg have bulldozed a path to the forefront of the underground. Through their various projects and Greenberg’s production work (Bing & Ruth, Pharmakon, Johann Johannson and many more), the two have served as major forces and key members of NYC’s experimental, electronic, punk and metal scenes.
Shame marks the debut of Mike Sharp on drums, adding a natural fire to the engine. His presence grinds down their metallic industrial edge with a live percussive maelstrom. This time around, they’ve joined forces with Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Sun O))), Earth) to perfect their powerful hybrid of digital and analog, electronic and acoustic, synthetic and actual that has become their hallmark.
For the first time, vocalist Michael Berdan made a conscious decision to include lyrics which focus on the static state of an antihero as he mulls over his life in the interim between major events, just existing in the world. On Shame, the trio strain struggle through an industrialized mill of grating guitars, warped electronics, war-torn percussion and demonically catchy vocalizations giving us 8 of Uniform’s most powerful tracks yet.
“Masterfully dark, invigorating stuff.” – 9/10 LOUD AND QUIET
“the raw emotional edge they bring to the table, alongside fast and rough punk overtones, render their music imperfectly human.” – 4/5 KERRANG!
“haunting, intelligent and quite beautiful” – OVERBLOWN ZINE
“one of the most exciting acts in alternative music” – 9/10 DISTORTED SOUND
“Uniform has a deconstructed take on the genre complete with a healthy serving of blast beats” – 8/10 GHOST CULT
“With Uniform there’s always been something atypically human about their music, with an individual sense of hurt and hostility characterising their sound. That sense of individuality and humanity is what shines through.” – ASTRAL NOIZE
“A mixture of militaristic early industrial metal harshness and sewer-worthy noise rock.” – METAL HAMMER
“It’s grim.. It’s noisy…” – THE NEEDLE DROP
“Noise-rock icons” – FLOOD
“If you, like me, are attracted to pummeling sounds at what so often feels like the end of the world, look no further” – JEZEBEL
“Blending elements of industrial, drone, and power electronics, the band unleash brutal landscapes and oppressive moods.” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“Furious and fast” – STEREOGUM
“Unhinged hardcore and metallic riffs” – PASTE
“Pummeling” – BROOKLYN VEGAN
“Crushing” – REVOLVER
“It’s thought-provoking music which is guaranteed to make listeners feel uncomfortable in their own skin; what more could you want from a new Uniform album?” – EXCLAIM!
“These songs bite, kick and strangle with a venom that is all too rare in extreme metal: shorn of all rock ‘n’ roll cliché and grittily austere on a sonic level” – BLABBERMOUTH