Boris
Love and Evol


4.2
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes EMERITUS
September 25th, 2019 | 100 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A complete Boris experience if there ever was one.

Boris’ self-mythologizing grab-bag experimentalism precedes itself. The Japanese trio revel in doing things a bit “differently,” going so far as to offer different takes on the same album (Pink, Smile, and Heavy Rocks); both a dream and nightmare to fans and record collectors alike. But few, if any, albums capture Boris completely--their philosophy, sound, and identity. If one had to choose a singular piece to define Boris, it might be LφVE & EVφL.

Boris’ umpteenth release, LφVE & EVφL is the 25th-anniversary record that 2017’s Dear wasn’t--a full celebratory retrospection of an accomplished yet baffling discography. “Coma” and “UZUME” relate the band’s noise experiments, calling upon the fuzzed-out bliss of Boris at Last - Feedbacker and the collaborations with Merzbow; “Away From You” steps into Heavy Rocks (2011) lofty rock anthems; “Evol” and “Love” then combine disparate elements of Praparat, Noise, and even Smile. The band has sold this release as two independent works, “encapsulating conflicting connotations that interweave and become intricately entangled with one another, gradually eroding before becoming utterly singular,” per an official statement. Surprisingly, they’ve achieved this effect. The album’s two parts are apparent. It threads in-between two halves, creating a jagged tapestry of lush rock and murky chaos. Outside of that context, a person might find that LφVE & EVφL is a confounding and inconsistent experience; a chimeric monster of conflicting interests and ideas that trades blows with itself amongst a heavy backdrop of metal and noise. But to Boris devotees, it’s everything and more.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2019


10832 Comments


Album stream:
http://boris.bandcamp.com/album/love-evol

Will check this out for sure.

Also, it's incredible that they re-releasing Boris At Last at their Bandcamp location.

Relinquished
September 25th 2019


48823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that phi symbol in the Os had to fuck off

Pikazilla
September 25th 2019


30488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I thought the album was already up for streaming

Minushuman24
September 25th 2019


4997 Comments


how did I not know about this

bigguytoo9
September 25th 2019


1427 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is decent, not my fave release by any stretch for Boris. I like the last track a lot though.

FadedSun
September 25th 2019


3196 Comments


I unfortunately missed them on this tour when I usually catch them every time they come here. I will, however, be getting the Akuma no Uta vinyl they released.

Uzumaki
September 25th 2019


4589 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can’t wait to listen to this.

Dimorphic
September 25th 2019


1385 Comments


Won't listen to any music made by a man who unlawfully prorogues parliament. How does he even have time to make an album when he should be trying to negotiate a deal. Smh my head.

Uzumaki
September 25th 2019


4589 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hah. He got bitchslapped by that court ruling tho.

FadedSun
September 25th 2019


3196 Comments


Oh wait, the album isn't even released yet. I was all ready to jump onto that Bandcamp and listen.

Frippertronics
Emeritus
September 25th 2019


19538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album owns

Meridiu5
September 25th 2019


4171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Heavy as fuuuuuuuu

TVC15
September 25th 2019


11374 Comments


OMFG new Boris album hypehypehypehypehypehyep

Trebor.
Emeritus
September 25th 2019


59912 Comments


hell yeah

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2019


32073 Comments


Totally forgot about this. God bless you Xeno.

EyesWideShut
September 26th 2019


5920 Comments


The Love video is so sexy

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2019


61307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Have somehow never heard a full-length Boris album. Is jamming Feedbacker and then checking this an acceptable course of action?

Frippertronics
Emeritus
September 26th 2019


19538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd suggest listening to:



Flood

Heavy Rocks (2002)

Akuma no Uta

Feedbacker

New Album

Praparat



before checking this, so you get a decent array of what they're capable of.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2019


61307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

This sounds like an endurance test. Challenge accepted, cheers ;]

Ashtiel
September 26th 2019


1473 Comments


at the very least check Flood, great droney post-rock.



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