Borders is not the most original band name I have heard, but they push and lead a new era of heavy music by seamlessly blending genres and styles to forge a crushing yet melodic and unique experience. Since joining forces with new vocalist JJ in 2016, Borders have been working real hard impressing crowds across the UK and Europe with their energetic, powerful live performance. From playing sold-out hometown shows, to supporting Skindred and Whitechapel, or hitting the Tech-fest stage, Borders consistently try to electrify and entertain crowds.
Vocalist JJ is an unchained force leading the four-piece indomitable machine onstage. Lunging from the crowd to the mic and leaving no spot unclaimed, he bends the crowd to his will with gang chants, mosh pits and room splits. While performing alongside Martyr Defiled on their UK/EU farewell tour, Metalhammer said of their live show: «Borders are boasting an energized stage presence and an armada of head-bang-inducing grooves».
Speaking out on modern issues of healthcare, austerity and corruption, the Diagnosed EP was released two years ago. It received glowing reviews from Metalhammer and other publications, as well as gaining regular radio play on Kerrang’s Fresh Blood, where Alex Baker hailed Borders as the «Behemoths of tomorrow»!The songwriting, catchiness, technical prowess and sheer brutality of the record were stand-out points for critics.
After giving the world a taste of their potential, Borders are now ready to unleash their debut album Purify. That record is an ambitious full-length record which documents a timeline of human corruption, from the wartime atrocities of the Japanese experimental death camps in 731, to modern day political corruption in War, all the way to a bleak vision of future potential healthcare systems in Wake Up. The song 731,
Purify is a statement on the condition of the world today, yesterday and tomorrow that not only sounds incredible but might change the way you look at the world around you. JJ muses on the development of human corruption; the barbaric human beginnings of mass slaughter against targeted groups may seem a world away to the average citizen, but not only do those atrocities still exist, but corruption and evil has further retreated and disguised itself behind closed doors. A disguise that is easily lifted with information and a willingness to challenge one’s own beliefs. Purify is a call for a purge of corruption and a call for the average person to think more about the world they inhabit.