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
, 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
, 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.