BORIS

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Boris is an experimental metal band from Tokyo in Japan, formed in 1992.

Boris has released music in a number of different styles including sludge metal, stoner metal, doom metal, drone metal, stoner rock, hardcore punk, post-rock, noisecore and noise, experimental rock, j-pop, dream-pop, folk and indie rock.

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Boris is an extremely prolific band and is known to regularly switch musical genres between albums, drawing from a wide variety of musical styles including psychedelic rock, punk, sludge, doom, drone, pop, glam metal, noise, ambient and more. Boris takes its name from a song on Bullhead by Melvins.

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
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BORIS Discography

BORIS albums / top albums

BORIS Absolutego album cover 3.98 | 8 ratings
Absolutego
Drone Metal 1996
BORIS Amplifier Worship album cover 4.13 | 17 ratings
Amplifier Worship
Drone Metal 1998
BORIS Flood album cover 4.33 | 15 ratings
Flood
Metal Related 2000
BORIS Heavy Rocks album cover 4.06 | 8 ratings
Heavy Rocks
Stoner Metal 2002
BORIS Megatone (with Merzbow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Megatone (with Merzbow)
Non-Metal 2002
BORIS あくまのうた (Akuma No Uta) album cover 3.89 | 10 ratings
あくまのうた (Akuma No Uta)
Sludge Metal 2003
BORIS Boris At Last: -Feedbacker- album cover 3.88 | 17 ratings
Boris At Last: -Feedbacker-
Drone Metal 2003
BORIS The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked
Metal Related 2004
BORIS Dronevil album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Dronevil
Drone Metal 2005
BORIS Sound Track From Film 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sound Track From Film "Mabuta No Ura"
Non-Metal 2005
BORIS Pink album cover 4.09 | 12 ratings
Pink
Stoner Metal 2005
BORIS Sun Baked Snow Cave (with Merzbow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sun Baked Snow Cave (with Merzbow)
Non-Metal 2005
BORIS The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 2 album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 2
Non-Metal 2006
BORIS The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 3 album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 3
Metal Related 2006
BORIS Vein (Drone Version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vein (Drone Version)
Non-Metal 2006
BORIS Vein (Hardcore Version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vein (Hardcore Version)
Hardcore Punk 2006
BORIS Altar (with Sunn O)))) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Altar (with Sunn O))))
Metal Related 2006
BORIS Rainbow (with Michio Kurihara) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rainbow (with Michio Kurihara)
Non-Metal 2006
BORIS Smile (Japanese version) album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Smile (Japanese version)
Stoner Metal 2008
BORIS Smile (English version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Smile (English version)
Stoner Metal 2008
BORIS Cloud Chamber (with Michio Kurihara) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cloud Chamber (with Michio Kurihara)
Non-Metal 2008
BORIS BXI (with Ian Astbury) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
BXI (with Ian Astbury)
Hard Rock 2010
BORIS Klatter (with Merzbow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Klatter (with Merzbow)
Non-Metal 2011
BORIS New Album album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
New Album
Non-Metal 2011
BORIS Attention Please album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Attention Please
Non-Metal 2011
BORIS Heavy Rocks 2 album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Heavy Rocks 2
Stoner Rock 2011
BORIS Präparat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Präparat
Metal Related 2013
BORIS Noise album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Noise
Metal Related 2014
BORIS The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked Extra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked Extra
Metal Related 2014
BORIS Asia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Asia
Drone Metal 2015
BORIS Urban Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Urban Dance
Metal Related 2015
BORIS Warpath album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Warpath
Metal Related 2015
BORIS Eros (with Endon) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eros (with Endon)
Hardcore Punk 2015
BORIS 現象 Gensho (with Merzbow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
現象 Gensho (with Merzbow)
Non-Metal 2016
BORIS Dear album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dear
Sludge Metal 2017
BORIS Secrets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Secrets
Heavy Psych 2018
BORIS LφVE album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
LφVE
Drone Metal 2019
BORIS EVΦL album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
EVΦL
Drone Metal 2019

BORIS EPs & splits

BORIS Barebones / Boris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Barebones / Boris
Sludge Metal 1996
BORIS Boris / Tomsk-7 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boris / Tomsk-7
Sludge Metal 1997
BORIS More Echoes, Touching Air Landscape album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
More Echoes, Touching Air Landscape
Drone Metal 1999
BORIS 1970 / ワレルライド album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1970 / ワレルライド
Sludge Metal 2002
BORIS Boris / The Dudley Corporation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boris / The Dudley Corporation
Non-Metal 2003
BORIS Walrus & Groon (with Merzbow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walrus & Groon (with Merzbow)
Non-Metal 2007
BORIS Long Hair And Tights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Long Hair And Tights
Sludge Metal 2007
BORIS Damaged album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Damaged
Hardcore Punk 2007
BORIS She's So Heavy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
She's So Heavy
Non-Metal 2007
BORIS Chapter Ahead Being Fake album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chapter Ahead Being Fake
Sludge Metal 2009
BORIS Golden Dance Classics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Dance Classics
Non-Metal 2009
BORIS Scion A/V Remix: Buzz-In album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Scion A/V Remix: Buzz-In
Non-Metal 2009
BORIS Boris / Saade album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boris / Saade
Sludge Metal 2011
BORIS Black Original Remix album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Original Remix
Non-Metal 2011
BORIS Asobi Seksu x Boris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Asobi Seksu x Boris
Non-Metal 2012
BORIS Boris / Joe Volk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boris / Joe Volk
Non-Metal 2012
BORIS Big Peach / Noel Ford album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Peach / Noel Ford
Stoner Rock 2014
BORIS Mr. Shortkill album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Shortkill
Stoner Metal 2016
BORIS Phenomenons Drive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Phenomenons Drive
Sludge Metal 2018
BORIS -Unknown Flowers- album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
-Unknown Flowers-
Non-Metal 2018
BORIS Tears E.P. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tears E.P.
Non-Metal 2019

BORIS live albums

BORIS Keiji Haino With Boris - Black: Implication Flooding album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Keiji Haino With Boris - Black: Implication Flooding
Metal Related 1998
BORIS 04092001 (with Merzbow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
04092001 (with Merzbow)
Non-Metal 2005
BORIS Archive: Boris Volume One 0.00 | 0 ratings
Archive: Boris Volume One "Live 96-98"
Drone Metal 2005
BORIS Archive: Boris Volume 2 0.00 | 0 ratings
Archive: Boris Volume 2 "Drumless Shows"
Drone Metal 2005
BORIS Archive: Boris Volume Three 0.00 | 0 ratings
Archive: Boris Volume Three "2 Long Songs"
Drone Metal 2005
BORIS Rock Dream (with Merzbow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Dream (with Merzbow)
Non-Metal 2007
BORIS Smile: Live At Wolf Creek album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Smile: Live At Wolf Creek
Metal Related 2008
BORIS Smile Live In Prague album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Smile Live In Prague
Stoner Metal 2009
BORIS Boris Performing 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boris Performing "Flood"
Metal Related 2013
BORIS 2007​.​12​.​10, 0.00 | 0 ratings
2007​.​12​.​10, "Altar" Presentation With BORIS, Kentish Town Forum, London, UK (with (Sunn O))) )
Drone Metal 2015
BORIS Crossing Waltz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crossing Waltz
Stoner Metal 2016
BORIS Live At Third Man Records album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Third Man Records
Stoner Metal 2017
BORIS Eternity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eternity
Sludge Metal 2017
BORIS 不透明度 -You Laughed Like A Water Mark- Live At Shelter 20070204 (with Michio Kurihara) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
不透明度 -You Laughed Like A Water Mark- Live At Shelter 20070204 (with Michio Kurihara)
Heavy Psych 2018

BORIS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

BORIS Demo Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo Vol. 1
Sludge Metal 1992
BORIS Demo Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo Vol. 3
Sludge Metal 1995

BORIS re-issues & compilations

BORIS Archive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Archive
Drone Metal 2005
BORIS Variations + Live In Japan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Variations + Live In Japan
Stoner Metal 2010
BORIS 目をそらした瞬間 - The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked - Chronicle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
目をそらした瞬間 - The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked - Chronicle
Drone Metal 2013
BORIS Vein album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vein
Hardcore Punk 2013
BORIS LφVE & EVφL album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
LφVE & EVφL
Drone Metal 2019

BORIS singles (14)

.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
1970
Sludge Metal 2002
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Bao A Qu
Sludge Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Statement
Stoner Rock 2008
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
メッセージ w/ Floor Shaker 12 Inch Re-Mix
Stoner Metal 2008
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Message
Non-Metal 2008
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Floor Shaker
Stoner Metal 2009
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 1
Non-Metal 2009
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 2
Metal Related 2009
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 3
Metal Related 2009
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 4
Non-Metal 2009
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Looprider Remix
Non-Metal 2012
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Boris x GOTH-TRAD - Low End Meeting (with Goth-Trad )
Non-Metal 2015
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
キルミスター
Non-Metal 2015
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavyblind
Stoner Metal 2016

BORIS movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
見殺し塔からずっと: Live At Shimokitazawa Shelter
Stoner Metal 2003
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Metal Me
Drone Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bootleg -Feedbacker-
Drone Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wizard's Convention
Stoner Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Japan
Sludge Metal 2011

BORIS Reviews

BORIS Amplifier Worship

Album · 1998 · Drone Metal
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Boris tend to vary a bit in releases between more purist drone and drone metal - the distinction being in how much in the way they lean on their post-rock and ambient influences and how many meaty Black Sabbath-on-valium riffs they work into their music. To my ears, the balance on Amplifier Worship is very much towards drone metal; take, for instance, album closer vomitself, which begins in slow doom metal territory and then somehow degrades into a grumbling earth tremor of a track. Goodness knows what the frog on the cover is supposed to represent, but ultimately what metalhead could go far wrong with an album called Amplifier Worship?

BORIS Absolutego

Album · 1996 · Drone Metal
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siLLy puPPy
True that Earth was first in creating the whole drone metal thing and others like Melvins and Naked City immediately followed in the wake but it was the Japanese noise worshippers BORIS who really created something special in the doom and gloom department with an amplifier feed back so fat it needs lyposuction and bass sound so deep it disturbs slimy earth worms. ABSOLUTEGO is the then quartet’s debut album which originally came out on the Fangs Anal Satan label but has since been picked up by Southern Lord where it features a bonus track.

This entire album is basically one 60:15 long (65:34 on the ABSOLUTEGO+ edition) ripple through feedback and fuzz with a slow pulsating rhythmic march that sounds like a stoned Godzilla prowling the countryside looking for munchies as the feedback twists and morphs and extends to infinity and back to create quite disturbing sonicscapes that eke out all the dread and awe that this type of music was made for.

As the hypnotic rhythm marches on, the fuzz thickens and the percussion slowly evolves until around the half hour mark a cacophonous drum frenzy simulates the chaos of a falling building after a Japanese earthquake or something and then reverts back into the pacified feedback and fuzz march once again. Throughout the album the sounds are jarring and sound like the listener is under the rotating blades of a lawnmower on the verge of being ripped to shreds but never actually going there and only sustaining the impending doom to come.

This is definitely not for the faint of heart as there is no traditional song structure and is pretty much a parade through sonic torture of sort. As drone metal isn’t my favorite type of metal on the scene there are some true standouts and this introduction to the Japanese noise scene combined with jarring metal sounds is one of the best out there. I recommend the edition with the bonus track “Dronevil 2” which is a mere 7:50 in length but adds a different quieter drone ending to the album that doesn’t rely on fuzzy guitars and more on an undulating bass line that reverbs so low it sounds like the subwoofer is gonna explode.

BORIS Flood

Album · 2000 · Metal Related
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Warthur
Taking in the gathering of stormclouds, the unleashing of the storm, the eruption of the floodwaters, and the calm in the wake of the disaster, Flood is a four-part mostly-instrumental drone exploration with occasional sludge metal flavour. Between them, Wata, Atsuo and Takeshi show an adept mastery of mood and atmosphere, showing a tempestuous ability to shift gear abruptly to perfectly reflect the ebb and flow of the natural disaster of drone the album offers. Wata, in particular, by switching between the guitar and the e-bow makes a particularly nuanced contribution to the album. A genuine drone classic by any measure.

BORIS Pink

Album · 2005 · Stoner Metal
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siLLy puPPy
Ranging from an opening post-metal sound to heavy psych turned up to 11 influenced by 60s acts such as Blue Cheer or Cream, BORIS continues their unique combination of sludgy riffs and drone doom feedback fuzz with several outros bringing the not-in-no-hurry drone doom band Earth to mind on their tenth album PINK. Apparently there are two versions of PINK. One from the Japanese label on Diwphalanx Records and the one I have from Southern Lord Records. They have different tracks lists with different running times but I believe they are the same tracks in Japanese and English and the ones with longer running times are just extended versions.

This album took on a more melodic songwriting approach than many BORIS albums have. The trio successfully added some catchy tunes to create their fuzzed out doomy atmospheric magic around. The songs range from spacy post-metal that is slow and breezy to super aggressive dissonant yet bluesy heavy psych. There is feedback galore amongst punky rockers and hypnotic repetitive riffs. The last track on my version “Just Abandoned Myself” is a staggering 18 minute plus drony, doomy delight that manages to incorporate the only Japanese sound on the whole album with a samisen or some other Eastern stringed instrument into the mix. If you are looking for some totally spacey, fuzzy and feedback sludge psych then you can't go wrong with PINK, yet another winner from BORIS.

BORIS あくまのうた (Akuma No Uta)

Album · 2003 · Sludge Metal
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siLLy puPPy
AKUMA NO UTA (The Devil's Song) is the 5th album by the Japanese band BORIS and my first taste of this drone / sludge / doom metal band. One of the most perplexing impressions of this album was that the cover looks exactly like folk singer Nick Drake's album “Bryter Layter” except bassist / guitarist / vocalist Takeshi is displaying his double-neck Ibanez. It is intended to be a tribute and not a parody yet it is rather ironic since the highly distorted sonic stew that BORIS presents is as far away from the placid acoustic folk of Drake as you can get. The cover of the very first issue was a simple white cover with a simple doodle but the US version with Takeshi is the more common one.

I find this to be an exciting album that takes you on a ride through all the styles of metal that BORIS had been dabbling with on previous albums. “Introduction” is the first track which at a staggering length of 9:44 reminds us of the ambient drone metal of Earth. It is an intricate little piece that has more fuzz than a peach orchard. The rest of the album finds the band taking their garage band versions of sludge and punk and post-rock to interesting distorted levels. BORIS really knows how to mix the laid-back with the energetic pieces and add enough diverse elements to make a satisfying album from beginning to end. I've only dabbled in their discography up to this point, but albums like AKUMA NO UTA certainly beckon further exploration, and for anyone who likes the fuzziest sonicscapes out there, look no further than BORIS.

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Polymorphia wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Really digging this band right now, as anyone can probably see in my current avatar.
Doomster wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Great band.
Wilytank wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Should there be a separate page for the Boris with Merzbow collaborations?
Vehemency wrote:
more than 2 years ago
And the Sabbat disco still lacks compilations, somehow I don't feel motivated to work on it...
more than 2 years ago
jeez, "very active" indeed
more than 2 years ago
Check the Sabbat (JPN) discography, then. That one gave Vemehency and me quite some work to do.
more than 2 years ago
I wouldn't fancy having to have added all these albums

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