Boris are a many headed beast. Are they Doom? Sludge? Post-rock? Metal? Avant Garde? Stoner? The answer predictably is all of the above. I’ve previously posted on the mighty Feedbacker record of a couple of years ago and that record is like a doom version of Post Rock with the odd groove thrown in. Amplifier Worship is a very different beast and reminds me that they did after all name themselves after a song off the Melvin’s awesome Bullhead record. Amplifier Worship is pure sludge metal. It’s like Earth crossed with the Melvins. I’ll be honest I’m pretty partial to a bit of Boris but this is not my favourite thing of their’s that they’ve done. It sometimes feels that it’s all a bit pointless. When a band such as the Melvins define a genre so well it feels like anything else is merely a photostat of the original. If I want to listen to sludge then maybe I’ll just listen to Bullhead or Houdini instead. Boris make much better records than this, especially the sublime Flood and Akuma No Uta. That’s not to say this is not a decent record. There are some moments on Amplifier Worship which work for me on so many levels but I suppose it comes down to which incarnation of Boris works best for you.
Archive for the Boris Category
I like Boris. They’re kind of the ultimate tribute band in some way. Equal parts Melvins, Earth and SunnO))), Boris takes all of the good bits from those bands and non-apologetically rips them off. Now some of you will think that that is a bad thing. Its not. Feedbacker is my favourite record of my favourite Japanese band. It’s a monolithic, sludgey, psychedelic doom-metal opus in five parts. But if I’m being honest I can describe each of its parts by naming the influence in question
Part 1 – Earth
Part 2 – Mogwai
Part 3 – Lightning Bolt
Part 4 – Merzbow
Part 5 – Mogwai
See. Wasn’t that easy. Yes I know Mogwai are a strange comparison. But listen to Part 2 and then follow it with “Take me Somewhere Nice” by Mogwai. You’ll get the connection if you can just imagine power cords on Mogwai’s track. I’ll add one further observation. For a doom record there are bits of this that are pretty close to post rock, and for a post-rock album you’ll never want to bang you head so hard again. The album cover pretty much says it all.