Boris
Love And Evol


4.2
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
September 25th, 2019 | 78 replies


Release Date: 10/04/2019 | 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


8457 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.

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Relinquished
September 25th 2019


41501 Comments


that phi symbol in the Os had to fuck off

Pikazilla
September 25th 2019


4956 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I thought the album was already up for streaming

Minushuman24
September 25th 2019


2374 Comments


how did I not know about this

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bigguytoo9
September 25th 2019


607 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


2110 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


1669 Comments


Can’t wait to listen to this.

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Dimorphic
September 25th 2019


1011 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.

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Uzumaki
September 25th 2019


1669 Comments


Hah. He got bitchslapped by that court ruling tho.

FadedSun
September 25th 2019


2110 Comments


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

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2019


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

album owns

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Meridiu5
September 25th 2019


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Heavy as fuuuuuuuu

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TVC15
September 25th 2019


10232 Comments


OMFG new Boris album hypehypehypehypehypehyep

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2019


56981 Comments


hell yeah

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2019


16800 Comments


Totally forgot about this. God bless you Xeno.

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Darius the Great
September 26th 2019


20923 Comments


is it

EVOLvely

EyesWideShut
September 26th 2019


5163 Comments


The Love video is so sexy

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2019


16605 Comments


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

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2019


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

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
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2019


16605 Comments


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



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