Boris
Boris At Last -Feedbacker-


5.0
classic

Review

by Anthony Hoch USER (16 Reviews)
February 9th, 2006 | 403 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Boris at Last - Feedbacker

A band of many faces. Many places you look you may see they pigeonholed as "stoner rock", labeled as doom, or slapped with a drone tag. While none of these are technically, "wrong". I think kage hit the nail on the head, when he simply called them alternative. Though no two Boris albums are the same, one thing I have noticed is that whatever direction they take it is GOOD, actually it's very good. Today we are going to look at there masterpiece "Feedbacker".

Great things require patients, and listening to this album is really a prime example of this. The actual music doesn't start until about a minute or so in, you can tell there in no rush. When things do come in, they come in roaring, fuzzed out low end feedback that wafts on, a lot of people would say it drones on, to me that is a bit of an understatement, to me drone kind of means its lumbering around, and you're just waiting for it to pass, this on the other hand swirls around you, it starts as simply noise, but slowly becomes more articulate until, your surrounded by its energy. The first movement of the song is simply there to build the atmosphere, with its buzzing, hypnotic guitar, and mind bending, electronics. On first listen it might seem like noise to sum, but there is a reason for it, there is a reason for everything Boris does.

The low end rumble continues to shake your bones while, the rest of the band comes in and plays a relaxing surf like bit, your starting to like this But you can't get comfortable, no because while they mellow things out you still hear something, you still FEEL something whizzing around you. You are listening, harder now, because these pings that were once whizzing by are starting to make sense, they slowly melt into a distinguishable lead, you finely start to get it, and everything is fitting together, but don't get to excited you should actually be getting a little scared, its not just the music changing, YOU are changing too. You're going somewhere with the music, you don't really want to but you don't really have a choice. The music is getting thicker, the feedback is getting stronger, and that low buzzing is as unsettling as ever. A mind melting solo begins; it hits you from every angle, you really don't know were this came from, and you sure as hell don't know were it is going, but it picks you up and doesn't let you go, it sounds like its going to fall apart any second now. It holds up though, like a wooden air plane crash landing, you made it, you're here, you don't know where, but you made it out here alive.

Things have settled down, you have caught your bearings, but your not alone now, there someone with you, he is singing, and you're a bit worried. But, he seems friendly; you get the feeling he is as scared of you as you are of him. After spending a few minutes with this guy, you really just want to leave; he's not so friendly anymore. He went from mellow to, something completely different, he's gone crazy. The band has picked up, things have gotten progressively darker, you're unsettled but you're still oddly intrigued, at least that man stopped singing. You have a whole new problem. All hell has broken loose among the band.

The band starts to approach you, things have gotten decidedly heavier, and they are really closing in on you, you have been through a lot already and this is it, they have snapped, and you're not too far off from doing the same. You're out of there and chase ensues. There not happy. Your running as fast as you can, but your not getting anywhere on them, the music has sped up considerably, and even another element has been added. The bass announces its presence, with authority. You can barely stay up while you run the ground is rumbling so much now.

It's too much.

You fall.

You're surrounded.

The man who was singing peaks out from behind them, and begins to sing again. You think "Ohh he's with you guys' sorry". The man wants none of it. He begins to sing again, you're not going anywhere, you might as well listen. Only problem is, you have no idea what he's saying, but, there is certain calmness in his voice, you finally realize, he's not hostile.

When the man stops singing, the band stops playing, and all that's left swirling feedback, cymbals crashing, and an overall sound of calamity, a half hour ago, this would have scared the crap out of you, but now, you're stronger, eventually you even start to feel comfortable again, like your surrounded by electricity, but everything is ok. Soon your left with the siren like sound of guitar feedback and the bass drone that sounds like a distant fog horn. Maybe someone's coming to help?

The noise has subsided for the most part, and you�re taken back to where you started, a simple chord progression, with unsettling feedback Things start to fade out, and all your left with is

feedback-

feedback-

feedback


It's over...

...You made it.



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morrissey
Moderator
February 9th 2006


1688 Comments


This is a very...odd review. Seems more a stream-of-consciousness real-time interpretation of the album. It might work for a creative writing piece but I'm not sure it really tells me what I need to know. That being said, you're an interesting writer.

Can't comment on the album/band

any14doomsday
February 9th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

in between the "reeeeeee" and the "zzzzzzzzzzzz" there's some really solid musicianship.

hahaha

If you wanan get a tste of the less "Buzzy" side of Boris I would check out, Pink.

and thanks for the umm "compliments"This Message Edited On 02.09.06

AlienEater
February 9th 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great album, great review. I think its there best

any14doomsday
February 9th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Its a more rifined, angry version of flood, not to take anything away from flood, which is wicked.

Zebra
Moderator
February 9th 2006


2647 Comments


The cover art sort of turns me off, but if this is a classic I'll have to check it out.
Interesting review. You described the album while throwing in a lot of creativity, props to you.

any14doomsday
February 9th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is probobly the most normal packageing they have ever done.

Kage
February 9th 2006


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review; I actually enjoy these more, that tell you about what you feel while listening, rather than "now the guitar is doing this or that" reviews.

As for Boris, you know I love 'em, and this album is up there with Flood for me.

any14doomsday
February 9th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks alot man I appreciatie that, I really dug your review of flood, and that inspired me a bit.

Kage
February 11th 2006


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Boris especially is one of those bands that just can't be desrcibed by what the instruments are actually playing, or how they're playing it.

"Uh, there's some feedback here, then a down-tuned guitar riff and some vocals."

any14doomsday
February 11th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Somethings been bothering me, are the "big" in japan ? or are they basically uknown like in the states, and most of the world ?

Kage
February 11th 2006


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good question, I'm not sure. I wonder if there's anyone from Japan here.This Message Edited On 02.11.06

AlienEater
February 12th 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i don't think they're huge, but they're probably bigish.
do any of you have mabuta no ura? how good is it?

any14doomsday
February 13th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have Mabuta no ura

its pretty good, its neat that they wrote a soundtrack to a movie that doesnt exist.

"Mabuta no ura" means = "Backside of eye lids", its supposed to be a sound track to what you see when you dream or something like that. I only got it recently, so I havnt really absorbed it. It seems alittle less coheasive then other albums, and its not heavy at all.

Kage
February 13th 2006


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't heard Mabuta No Ura yet, but it's probably my next purchase if I can find it.

I can't decide if I like this or Flood better. Both are spectacular classics, but more happens in this album. I guess it depends upon what mood I'm in.

any14doomsday
February 14th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Its a good album but I would make sure I have Pink first, that albums fantastic.

for me I go:

Feedbacker
Flood
Pink
Akuma no uta
Amplifier Worship
Heavy Rocks
Mabuta no ura (as of now)
The things which soloman overlooked
Absolutego

Also theres a couple versions of Mabuto no ua floating around, one is 10 minutes longer then the other one, Its in white packaging, as opposed to the other one in brown. I have only heard the origional japanease release in the brown.This Message Edited On 02.13.06

any14doomsday
December 18th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There are a bunch of question marks in my review now, wtf ?

MeowMeow
June 29th 2007


662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been getting into Boris a lot lately, and this is my favorite one so far.

Royd Rage
March 26th 2008


419 Comments


just finished it

have to say it was pretty fucking awesome

good review too

salival13
October 13th 2008


264 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow first spin of Boris, this band has mastered the art of noise.
I'm ecstatic this band will be opening for Nine Inch Nails.

Would Flood be a good place to go from here?

any14doomsday
February 17th 2009


679 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

flood is a pretty good place to go from here.



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