Boris
Live At Third Man Records


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
November 30th, 2017 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Break down, baby

With the fate of the band hanging in the balance, and undertaken during a tour meant to be the penultimate for Boris, their latest and briefest live offering Live at Third Man finds them in the midst of a prosperous tour for the tenth anniversary of their landmark album Pink, which finally brought the band to some relative success in the West. On a bill with drone rockers Earth, this abbreviated 30-minute set from August 1, 2016 serves as a document to the staggering power the Pink material still has to this day. Faster paced cuts like “Pink” and “Woman on the Screen” are fluid, over just as they began with the band going through the songs with sheer enthusiasm; while “Blackout”, “Farewell” and the classic “Just Abandoned Myself” all chug along with viscous speed, enveloping the audience at Third Man within thick walls of noise. Considering the spirit the band put into their performances, and the love their fanbase has for these songs, it’s difficult to see why they'd ever consider disbanding to begin with.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2017


18541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Live at Third Man Records: https://soundcloud.com/user-424571787/sets/boris-live-at-third-man-records

Digging: Godley and Creme - L

Confessed2005
November 30th 2017


4537 Comments


Never heard anything by these guys. Where would I start if I wanted to get into them?

sixdegrees
November 30th 2017


5687 Comments


amplifier worship

Digging: Cock and Ball Torture - Sadochismo

TVC15
November 30th 2017


9896 Comments


Akuma no Uta or Feedbacker @Confessed

Digging: Dexys Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay

grannypantys
November 30th 2017


1995 Comments


Pink. Also you may want to check the wording in your last sentence.

Digging: Mild High Club - Skiptracing

xfearbefore
November 30th 2017


1845 Comments


These guys blew my fucking mind a few years back in Boston. And then one of the band members proposed to his girlfriend on stage. It was pretty adorable.

Atleast I'm pretty sure it was a band member, I was pretty drunk.

Digging: L7 - Smell the Magic

coma2rium
November 30th 2017


84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jesus, don't tell him to start with Feedbacker.



In my humble and probably wrong opinion you should start with Noise. It's an excellent album that's almost a retrospective of their entire career and all the different genres it entails.



From there it's really a question of which iteration of the band you want to listen to.



Heavy Rocks '03 is the best showcase of their balls to the wall stoner metal sound. Akuma No Uta is more rock n roll oriented but much in the same vein. Pink expands on that same sound with some shoegaze and drone flourishes. Heavy Rocks '11 is a fantastic album that pulls from all of the aforementioned, and while it isn't their best as a whole, the two long songs from it are easily among their best individual tracks. Also the solos across this whole album were seemingly sent up to Wata from Satan himself.



Feedbacker, Flood, and Absolutego are all single tracks that clock in at an hour plus. They're all lumbering beasts that are nearly impenetrable on first listen, but holy fuck are they worth giving the time to, especially Flood.



Amplifier Worship is the epitome of their heavy stuff, it's the complete heavy music experience that runs the gamut from stoner to classic rock n roll to drum n bass to drone and everything in between.



Their new album DEAR hearkens back to the days of their creeping, crawling sludge a la Absolutego and Amplifier Worship, and it's a treat to hear their mastery of drone and doom music after 25 years honing their craft.



Then there's the pop side of them that they explore occasionally. Sometimes a pop track will appear between aural bludgeonings on their full lenghths (Taiyo No Baka in the dead center of Noise,) tt's most prominent on New Album and Attention Please, the latter a dream pop and shoegaze oriented affair where Wata handles all the vocal duties.



So yeah basically Boris is okay and all but my biggest complaint is that they just aren't DIVERSE enough.

Realm
November 30th 2017


2499 Comments


Saw these guys two weeks ago and it was the loudest thing ever.

TVC15
November 30th 2017


9896 Comments


Damn, I've heard pretty much all of Boris' studio albums and I think they're pretty diverse, or at least great at reinventing themselves at different points of their career... I mostly rec'd Feedbacker cos it was my first Boris album lol

Realm
November 30th 2017


2499 Comments


Akuma No Uta is a way better start than Feedbacker I would try that 1

Comatorium.
November 30th 2017


4851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The part about them not being diverse was sarcasm. They do pretty much every genre except rap and country.

Comatorium.
November 30th 2017


4851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh hey the first time it’s been apparent that I have two accounts cause I forgot my password but I’ve been logged in on my phone for years with the password saved

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2017


18541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will have a stream and some revisions ready when I get the chance.

FadedSun
November 30th 2017


1901 Comments


"These guys blew my fucking mind a few years back in Boston. And then one of the band members proposed to his girlfriend on stage. It was pretty adorable. "

I was at that show! At the Paradise.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2017


18541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

link is up~



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