Boris
Präparat


4.1
excellent

Review

by Elijah K. STAFF
March 14th, 2013 | 120 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boris reinvent themselves once more with a record that sounds both fresh and familiar.

It does not take long to realize that Praparat is a relatively dramatic departure from Boris’ 2011 offerings. While said albums dabbled in hard rock, shoegaze, and even J-pop, the metal behemoth’s latest is a beautiful return to the heavy, dense, and murky sounds that made them such a beloved institution to begin with. Although the Japanese trio can effortlessly pull off just about any musical style with gusto, they display a keen understanding of music with a darker, heavier persuasion. Praparat is indicative of this, as it is an all-encompassing celebration of Brois’ past and present; a decidedly metal album that brings together a bevy of different styles into one absorbing and intense experience.

Praparat will feel wholly familiar for fans of Boris’ early material. It features a “sludgier”, more drone oriented sound than anything the band has produced in years. Yet there’s something lurking underneath the surface that seeks to alter the dark and mysterious aesthetic. There’s an undeniable sense of brightness here, even amongst the darkest of tones. Despite the insistence that it is Boris’ return to what made them a household name, Praparat is much more than a bare bones metal record. It’s a practice in subtlety, though, with mellow guitar and luxurious melodies sprinkled about the mammoth chords and reverb. But if anything, Boris know how to pull off an intricately layered song. Bouts of dreamy pop and shoegaze are found all over the album and stand as stark contrasts. These moments appear irregularly, however, as much of the album is spent creating a massive and explosive sound, full of slow and deliberate guitar and ground-shaking bass. Added to this, much of the record takes a page from Heavy Rocks and Pink, and holds some of Wata’s most intense work yet. The tones used are deafening and the solos are simply mesmerizing. All of this helps to make the album the stylistic potpourri that it is; a hodge podge of different influences that simply works thanks to Boris’ always impressive songwriting abilities.

With their latest musical foray, Boris once again prove that they are masters of their craft. Praparat is yet another statement by the band, declaring that they will make the music that they want to make, rather than the music they should. As always, it is endearing to be caught off guard by the enigmatic trio. In the end, Boris transform themselves once more and release their most fully realized, expansive records to date.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2013


6693 Comments


Great review, this band's output is beyond monstrous.





It’s a practice in subtlety, though, with mellow guitar and luxurious melodies sprinkled about the mammoth chords and reverb

Completely sold



Added to this, much of the record takes a page from Heavy Rocks and Pink, and holds some of Wata’s most intense work yet

Completely sold [2]

Digging: Brannthorde - Auf Teufel Komm Raus

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2013


29121 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

new boris

WashboardSuds
March 14th 2013


5077 Comments


I think the review reads just fine

I really loved New Album, but I haven't picked up anything released later than that. I'll have to catch up soon

HSThomas
March 14th 2013


668 Comments


celebration of Brois’ past and present

*Boris' past.

Didn't know the band had a name change ;)

NocteDominum
March 14th 2013


7215 Comments


Don't ya know this is Bro is ; ]

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2013


7516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Fix the last sentence. Other than that, great review Eli.



I need to give it a spin. I like some of their stoner rock/sludge records.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2013


51437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Right on

Digging: Main Attrakionz - 808s & Dark Grapes III

toxin.
March 14th 2013


12851 Comments


"In the end, Boris transform themselves once more and release their most fully realized, expansive records to date"
I'm guessing you wrote one of their most fully realized, expansive records and then removed "one of" ?
Yeah just remove the s from records. Otherwise, great review as always.

Thane
March 14th 2013


2219 Comments


fuckin sweet getting this now

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 14th 2013


4968 Comments


Boris rule

clercqie
March 14th 2013


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some songs really remind me of old Black Sabbath. Which is good, very good.



Nice review. It reads fine to my eyes. Consice also, but it says all it has to.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2013


51437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I got a bit of a Sabbath vibe on a couple tracks

FadedSun
March 14th 2013


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What warranted that extra .1?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 14th 2013


4968 Comments


sounds like a black sabbath cover band HEY GREG

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2013


6693 Comments


Because I fucking can.

m/

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2013


7516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

@kingsoby1:

Haha. I'm actually familiar with their Heavy Rocks albums, and Feedbacker, and Flood...



kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 14th 2013


4968 Comments


boris rocks harder than most bands

MO
March 14th 2013


19629 Comments


good shit eli

i need to get this

RosaParks
March 14th 2013


16046 Comments


had to 5 cus boris

FearThyEvil
March 15th 2013


13302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've actually never listened to this band before. However, I was listening to stuff off Pink earlier and it ruled so this is easily going to change.



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