Boris
Akuma no Uta


4.8
classic

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
August 7th, 2018 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Relentless with no end in sight.

I'd imagine if you were a fan of Boris back in the day, 2003 must've been one hell of year to be a fan; not only did the band put out their finest "rock" album in the lightning-fast Akuma no Uta, but also had the distinction of releasing one of their many classics in Feedbacker, a record that is quite often heralded as one of the landmarks of modern metal in some circles. Both records practically cemented Boris as one of the greats of the new generation, albeit it's fair to say Boris were not strictly a metal group nor had any intention of sticking with the sludginess of Absolutego or the Earth-y Amplifier Worship, let alone the minimalist rock classic Flood.

By the time Akuma no Uta had come out that summer, they had become more diverse as some of their efforts following Flood, with 2002's Heavy Rocks throwing the band head-first into stoner-rock excess and the Merzbow collaboration Megatone further emphasizing the more aggressive and confrontational side of the Japanese trio. Akuma no Uta, although not entirely, comes out sounding like the end result of the band meticulously converging these two sounds together and translating it into a single live take in the studio, needles-in-the-red and distortion abound.

Although the original Diwphalanx release had a shorter duration at 31:55, the later reissue in 2003 featured the definitive (and complete) drone introduction to the album; whereas the abridged cut allowed for the record's brevity to be more apparent, the lengthier version has this tension and anticipation that simply can't be captured in just a measly two minutes, which makes the onslaught of fuzzy riffs and warped drums all the more powerful when they do eventually make their way into the album. The duo of "Ibitsu" and "Furi" are ferocious stoner-rock singles-that-never-were that continuously just hammer their riffs into your head and keep going despite being so brief, which contrast magnificently to the lengthy dronage of the introduction.

On the other hand, you have the brilliance of "Naki Kyoku," which finds Boris perhaps hinting towards Feedbacker, which would come out that winter. This epic of Akuma showcases the band's abilities in a jam session that exercises this perfect display of restraint, often never taking the chance of breaking out into senseless noodling and riffing by keeping the band deeply rooted to this infectious bass groove that leads the way, although never steals the spotlight at any point. But as soon as the jam dies out, it instantly returns to the stoner-punk intensity of before, this time with a nasty, bastardized Hawkwind-esque riff on "Ano Onna no Onryou." This Space Ritual-like riff is the very base of this track, driving it further and further into a hellish mess of fuzzy guitars and howling vocals, only to fade out. Yet, we're left with what amounts to a reprise of the album's themes on the titular cut itself. Progressing from the hum of the guitars and the crunchy growls of the drone introduction, the finale ultimately lands itself in a noisy rock-out that brings the sound of Akuma no Uta full circle in such a way that it unsurprisingly would become a show-stopper in concert.

Akuma no Uta extensively digs deep into the roots of punk, stoner-rock, metal and drone -- and with ease, comes up with just a single take of pure rock and roll at its finest. Boris was arguably at their peak during this period (2000-2005) and Akuma no Uta undoubtedly is one of their finest moments.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2018


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8 | Sound Off

top 5



Akuma no Uta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t_5MEME6UU

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granitenotebook
August 6th 2018


765 Comments


nice

Gyromania
August 7th 2018


25902 Comments


You sure this isn't a 4.9? I feel like you robbed it pretty hard of that .1

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2018


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8 | Sound Off

I dunno, the ability is there but the justification isn't.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2018


56167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hella

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sixdegrees
August 7th 2018


3987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you know he had to do it to em

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2018


56167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll do it again if I have to

SteakByrnes
August 7th 2018


13325 Comments


Dude fripp nice, also nice new av

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2018


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8 | Sound Off

it's the mystery mod, guys



I assure you

sixdegrees
August 7th 2018


3987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

jimthemod?

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2018


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8 | Sound Off

not jim, but stronger

sixdegrees
August 7th 2018


3987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

uhhh bet

MadKungFu
August 7th 2018


606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

GOAT album art

Relinquished
August 7th 2018


38289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuckin











change that art back

FadedSun
August 7th 2018


1865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is that an alt album cover? Where's the original album art?

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2018


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8 | Sound Off

this is the original art



The Bryter Layter cover was for the vinyl edition



https://www.discogs.com/Boris-%E3%81%82%E3%81%8F%E3%81%BE%E3%81%AE%E3%81%86%E3%81%9F/release/1833993

FadedSun
August 7th 2018


1865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn. I never knew that. I love that Bryter Layter homage.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2018


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8 | Sound Off

I suppose the BL homage is more iconic than the sketch cover, but I prefer the originals to the most part when presenting the album as it is.

AcidCaravan
August 8th 2018


428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, amazing band.

Meridiu5
August 12th 2018


771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

goat album art

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