Boris
Boris At Last -Feedbacker-


5.0
classic

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
September 18th, 2011 | 39 replies | 10,164 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An abyssal foray into the institution of Boris.

While many musicians and artists out there explicated the definition of music long before Boris, few did it as well then as the Japanese trio has been doing for years, and are still doing now. While it’s safe to say that the band (oft-pigeonholed as ‘stoner rock’) haven’t changed the face of music forever, it’s difficult to deny that they’ve warped it in such a way that they’ve made their very own realm of music, creating a sound all their own. For years now the band has been nonchalantly defying expectations by crafting confounding record after confounding record, each different from the last. Refusing to be pegged into any sort of genre definition, they change themselves with each release, adding a new piece to the puzzle that is Boris. After all, Boris is Boris, forever and always. And no record better supports that than their much heralded Boris at Last-Feedbacker.

Feedbacker is an aberrant piece of music to say the least. It’s easy to brush it off as a fuzzed out indulgent drone bonanza, as initial feelings are conducive to that. However, the album is a multi-faceted one, filled with intensity, thoughtful musicianship, and that oh-so wonderful Boris sound. It’s equal parts drone, metal, rock, and ambient, and is easily one of the most atmospheric albums of the last decade. Sure, guitar feedback plays a large part in said atmosphere, but once every other component is added, it quickly becomes more than some masturbatory experiment in noise. Feedbacker is deep and complex, requiring an open mind and quite a lot of time for digestion.

The album is actually one long for composition, consisting of nearly 45 minutes of music split into five separate parts. Each part is depicted as ‘Untitled,’ furthering the feeling that they aren’t meant to stand as single songs, but rather, pieces of a larger, grander whole. Together they make Feedback a wandering, exhilarating, and massive work of music. Within it lays stylistic shifts ranging from drone to metal, all whilst seeming incredibly natural. These shifts are subtle, and feel organic in that they aren’t mere gimmicks to make the album more interesting. Peaks and valleys, lows and highs are all present, and give the album depth without it becoming too bloated. Each moment in Feedbacker is where it should be, making the album a wholly consistent, and frighteningly solid affair.

Feedbacker is ultimately beautiful, despite the confined chaos and unconventional sounds. It’s exceedingly deep, and marvelously complex. Pass it off as noise, or an experiment gone wrong. Scoff at its ardent and callous idiosyncrasies. However, for those who accept Feedbacker for what it is, and for what Boris meant it to be, those will be treated to a truly unforgettable musical experience.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 18th 2011



10585 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Too short, and probably the gayest thing I've ever written.







Boris m/

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2011



49794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I should get this

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Spec
September 18th 2011



27062 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Defs.

psykonaut
September 18th 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YES

eternium
September 18th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a borderline 4/4.5 as of late.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best things everrrrrr.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2011



7144 Comments


Solid stuff Cheno; pos.

Minor niggle: The album is actually one long for composition,

Omit the "for", perhaps?

MO
September 19th 2011



18256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

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Jethro42
September 19th 2011



12377 Comments


Ok then

Ire
September 19th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5 this jethro

Jethro42
September 19th 2011



12377 Comments


5/5 Ire

scissorlocked
September 19th 2011



3508 Comments


rules hard

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Rev
September 19th 2011



9382 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This review pleases me greatly


XENO FOR STAFF 2012

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2011



5921 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best Boris album.

By far.

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crazyblinddude
September 19th 2011



3389 Comments


That 5.



Cool review, man.

TheArkitecht
September 19th 2011



1665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review and awesome album aswell, probably my favourite from them, though it's tied with Flood.

YetAnotherBrick
September 19th 2011



4396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gotta listen to this

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Grape jelly.

balcaen
September 19th 2011



3183 Comments


came by to express my appreciation for this.

Jethro42
September 19th 2011



12377 Comments


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