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Boris

Japanese cult favorite sludge/doom rock trio Boris take their name from a song on grunge godfathers the Melvins' Bullhead album. They also have a lot in common with the Melvins musically, including a fondness for heavily downtuned guitar/bass tones and exceedingly slow tempos. But they also incorporate elements variously drawn from other sources, including psychedelic rock, punk, noise, minimalism, pure sludge-drone music à la Earth, and more. Also, despite the unpretentious psychedelic/stoner rock imagery that accompanies much of their work, there is an ambitiously experimental aspect to much of it. Their albums, for example, have tended to be massive conceptual projects: Absolutego, in its original form, was a feedback-heavy drone exploration consisting of a single 65-minute track; Flood consists of another extremely long track, 70-plus minutes in length, exploring the band's quieter sides with a minimalist/phase music slant. Also on the more experimental end of their discography are collaborations with Japanese avant-garde enigma Keiji Haino and power electronics/noise legend Merzbow.

Boris formed during the early '90s and consist of guitarist Wata, bassist Takeshi, and drummer/vocalist Atsuo. They made their first recorded appearance on an obscure 1994 compilation entitled Take Care of Scabbard Fish, released only in Japan and now out of print. Absolutego, their full-length debut, came out in 1996 on the band's own Fangs Anal Satan imprint but was unavailable in the U.S. for years, a situation that was remedied when the Los Angeles-based Southern Lord label reissued the album in early 2001 along with a bonus track and new packaging. Their next album, Amplifier Worship, came out on the Mangrove label in 1998 and was also unavailable in the U.S. for several years; San Francisco's Man's Ruin had planned to reissue it in the fall of 2001, but the label folded before that could happen. A live Boris/Keiji Haino collaboration entitled Black: Implication Flooding was released by Japan's Inoxia Records, also in 1998. The following year Boris issued a split CD with fellow Japanese band Choukoko No Niwa, More Echoes, Touching Air Landscape, which also came out on Inoxia and featured Boris weighing in with a brief (for them) 28-minute contribution. Their third full-length album, Flood, was released two years later on the MIDI Creative label.

Their 2006 album, Pink, put them back on Southern Lord and featured some shoegaze-influenced sounds. Rainbow appeared a year later, with Michio Kurihara from the Japanese band Ghost contributing to the soundscapes. Also in 2007, they released a limited-edition recording of a live performance with Japanese noise master Merzbow in Tokyo entitled Rock Dream. Smile, the group's 14th album, was released in spring 2008. After extensive touring and a semi-long break, Boris returned in 2011 with two new releases on the Sargent House imprint that, while stylistically very different from one another, were released simultaneously in April: the aptly titled Heavy Rocks and the more texturally diverse and unexpectedly accessible Attention Please. The latter featured lead guitarist Wata's vocals on all tracks. In March of 2011, Boris released another full-length (number 15!), simply titled New Album, in Japan and later in Europe. It was finally released stateside with a different track listing, first as a limited vinyl run to coincide with Black Friday on November 25, then widely on CD and vinyl on December 6. They continued their prolific run with 2013's Präparat and 2014's grunge-flavored offering Noise. ~ William York, Rovi
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Track List: Boris At Last: Feedbacker

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Track List: Amplifier Worship

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Track List: Absolutego / Dronevil 2

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Comments

AWESOMENESS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Boris is my god.
may be the best band i've ever heard. their ability to go beween genres (drone to doom to sludge to psychadelic to punk to...dance?! ? ! ? ! ) is one of the reasons they're among the greatest band in existence. i can't wait to see them live again in a few months. Flood is my all time favorite album, and in close second is Amplifier Worship. Smile is also good, and Pink is LEGEND! IMHO, only Led Zeppelin can come close to awesomeness and constiancy of greatness (but definitely not of genre!).
I love Boris. Epic.
I found this used at a shop, bought it unheard, listen to it and thought Oh Yeah! this ones a keeper. Introduction is a feast.
i_get_the_le d _ o u t
Pink's gotta be my favorite album of theirs
wow. First japanese band i like. cool
what did you expect-more of the same-merzbow rock-maybe they have become melt banana ? or maybe they always wanted to be sonic youth and were afraid to say it aloud.the jury is out.the jury is at some s**tty melvins concert as they play all or their albums-perha p s elvis could come back and play all of his live-i'd pay for that...
geoffblack
melt banana
Seein these guys on Saturday. It's going to be insane.
hard to find a good japanese band
Sounds good to me
Check out the band "Boredom"
on the topic of Japanese rock, their hardcore is also worth noting: bands like Gauze, Lip Cream and Confuse. it influenced a whole bunch of American hardcore bands in the '90s as well, like Clevelanders 9 shocks Terror.
Electric rocks,,,,, BRO
saw them open for NIN, they were good but i'm still not sure about this group
Yeah, I think I've heard some corrupted before, pretty good. I haven't heard of those others (other than merzbow) but I'll give them a listen.
corrupted! from japan. not avaiLabLe on pandora but aLL over youtube.
corruPted is from jaPan,and so are RUINS. i think some of the craziest music ever comes out of japan. it's so extreMe.boRi s , m e L t banana,RUINS , m e r Z b o w . . .
I thought Japanese music sucked until 2 things happened.
1. I heard Boris.
2. I discovered Dragonforce is actually from England.
theaeonphoen i x
I think I love this...
Live
LOUD
this bio doesnt mention heavy rocks.

pretty disturbing, as it is one of the rockinest albums ever created by man.
Listen to "Naki Kyoku" and all of your worries, troubles, and fears will melt away before your very ears.
I just saw them at the Great American Music Hall this summer. They flippin' rocked! Hands down the best live show I've seen in years.
no one knows about these folks because they rock...if they sucked, they would be on the radio.
Their live show is legendary. Greatest performance I have ever seen. Incredible band with great energy. I wish they toured the States more often!
they have a varied and good sound. the heavy is heavy and the drone drones...
this sh1t fried my brain. awesome stuff.
ditto
omfg

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