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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000BB6HM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Farewell
2. Pink
3. Woman on the Screen
4. Nothing Special
5. Blackout
6. Electric
7. Pseudo-Bread
8. Afterburner
9. Six, Three Times
10. My Machine
11. Just Abandoned My-Self

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On first listen to Boris' Pink (domestically issued on Southern Lord), longtime fans of the Japanese heavy metal trio would be pressed to say that they crafted it for American audiences. This is significant to be sure. On the opening track, Farewell, one can hear so many un-Boris-like traits -- a bit of Ride and My Bloody Valentine here, a bit of Isis (who were influenced by Boris!) there, a trace of Sigur Ros, Nadja, and Jesu, too -- that one wonders if this is a send-up spoof that's proof that they can do it better. Even if that's so, it's only a part of this glorious slab of din and rock-is-power's puzzle. Takeshi (bass, vocals), Wata (guitar), and Atsuo (drums, vocals), have not followed in the footsteps of their younger countrymen Mono in crafting dramatics and dynamics, as evidenced by the title track which follows. If anything, this is raucous, riffing speed metal married to the garage rock trash aesthetic of Guitar Wolf. Here is where Atsuo's rim shots match in triple-time the low-string, down-tuned, freakzoid riffing of Wata's and the pure squalling throb of Takeshi's bass wail. Fuzzed out, ripped and torn and shredded riffs and propeller kit work take Boris to an entirely new level of heavy. The rootsy metallic thrash of the band outdoes anything they've done before -- Woman on the Screen sounds like Iggy Pop fronting the MC5 of Kick Out the Jams in the Sunn 0))) era -- all in two-minutes-and-thirty-eight seconds. Speaking of Sunn 0))), Blackout, a crawling, plodding, menacing scree of distorted bass and bluesy high-string electric guitar, is a track reminiscent of their earlier records, like Absolutego from 1996 -- and may have influenced their American counterparts. Pseudo-Bread is in-the-red in everything: distortion, speed, high-rocktane metal. The 18-plus-minute Just Abandoned My-Self employs everything used in the album to the moment. Beginning as a pure thrash metal burner, it begins its exploration of texture, noise, and sonic murder at a slower tempo in six-and-a-half minutes. It's like Acid Mothers Temple only more focused, and slower to evolve. Wata's guitar playing feels incidental to Takeshi's propulsive bass crunch and drone, which becomes pure controlled noise abstraction at about 122 minutes, and takes it out until only the sound of microtonal feedback remains, blasting everything into silence. Pink is easily the most cohesive, adventurous, and straight-ahead rocking recording of their 12-year career. If indeed the set was consciously made with Americanski audiences in mind, good; then more power to them. Boris are the kings who have set the metal bar very high on Pink. It's an album to be reckoned with.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed on 10 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Every bit as good as their (at least, I thought so) only release (so far) that I've heard of theirs 'Amplifier Worship'. A worthy slab of good stoner rock from this Melvins-inspired Japanese trio. Tunes that were most uplifting to fully experience here are "Farewell", the ripping title cut "Pink", their monster rocker "Afterburner", "My Machine" and the eighteen-minute epic "Just Abandoned Myself". Definitely, do check this title out when you can.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bram on 7 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
After listening to Sunn 0))) and finding them to far out for me I checked out there 'altar' album with Boris which (although very drone apart from the sublime 'sinking bell') I liked a lot. The next logical step was to tune in to Boris and 'Pink' has not dissapointed.

This album opens with a phsycedelic blast that's sudective and righteously heavy and the tracks only get more intense as 'Pink' progresses.

It's a bit of a mix of styles from slow and spaceous rock to tight up tempo punk all of which have been recorded at a really high level which gives this longplayer the honour of being the heaviest/noisiest album in my collection (its like standing next to the amp at a live gig)

I like Kyuss, Melvins, My Bloody Valentine, Part Chimp, Mogwai, Steve Albini and Boris sits well amongst those names. Recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thegrimdoc on 21 Feb. 2007
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After hearing a couple of boris tracks on Southern Lord compilations I decided I must get one of their albums. Pink is a great place to start if you don't want to get into the out-and-out drone stuff straight away. Whilst much of the music is stoner/doom, there are many other influences at play on various tracks. Nothing Special sounds like Raw Power era Iggy Pop meets MC5 put through a cement mixer. Blackout is reminiscent of Electric Wizard, Psuedo-Bread is a bit like a wierd mix of Motorhead and Jesus & Mary Chain. On the whole this is left field Stoner of the highest calibre and whilst the infuences are there they don't dominate the music...this is Boris!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Roller-Coasting thru' Sludge, Noise, and Other Western Underground Sounds 30 May 2006
By Zachary A. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is an absolute winner. Haven't heard anything this exciting on the metal side of things since last year's Pelican release. These Japanese avant-rockers take you on a queasy and supremely loud ride thru' the best of American and British rock styles of the last forty-odd years and do these styles as well as pretty much anyone has ever done them because Boris do psych, punk, metal, sludge, shoe-gazer, whatever (that's my preferred term for them right now: "whatever-metal") absolutely on their own terms.

You'll be able to get a good part of their story in last Sunday's NYTimes Magazine feature (May 28, 2006!!!) on Sunn O))) and their Southern Lord label. It's all about how bands like Boris and Sunn O))) are putting a new and surreal face on metal. No longer is it just a choice between hair metal and thrash metal, Metallica and grindcore, songs about decapitation and songs about world-loathing. Boris's self-described dada approach puts them at the vanguard of "metal" bands (you've got to use this term loosely with these bands, 'cos they are bound and determined not to be crammed into a box; the best ones definitely succeed). Mastodon uses free-jazz drumming behind their punishing grind, Pelican's instru-metal creates beauty out of ambient time and harmony shifts . . . Boris? Boris does it all with a constant layer of shifting feedback beneath the wall of sound (think a louder and meaner VU or Bloody Valentine). They can be as disorientingly slow as the Melvins (from whom they draw their namesake--a classic song on _Ozma_); the difference is that they have their own unique lyrical approach and take the feedback attack in a less monolithic direction than do the Melvins. They can slap you upside the head with the terse directness of Motorhead, replete with a stinging guitar solo from Wata (that rare metal creature--a woman lead player). Again, this isn't quite your uncle's Motorhead, though. The feedback beneath infinitizes the sound, as Emmanuel Levinas might say if he theorized metal.

Lest you think this is merely a tour of loud music courtesy of three skillful Japanese impresarios, I implore you to buy this album. Words can only begin to express the visceral, emotional, and intellectual sensations that this band evokes. As is the case with all the best music, metal or otherwise, this is music that begs to be FELT. Like I said at the beginning of the review, there's a good chance that this uncompromising music will make you feel queasy, like the best of roller-coaster rides. Ride it all the way through, though, and you have one unforgettable and addictive experience. You'll get on over and over again and feel a new rush every time you hit the mad bends, curves, and topsy-turvies of this one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
What else would you expect from these guys 11 Jan. 2006
By Matthew Ketchum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Man. I love Boris. I love this album. A lot of people are saying it's got some pretty heavy shoegaze influence and I'm not about to deny that; It's pretty amazing that they can still rock just as hard (maybe even harder) than they did on either Akuma no Uta or Heavy Rocks while giving the sounds of bands like My Bloody valentine or Sigur Ros a go. Most importantly though, those MONSTER riffs that kept me listening to their previous efforts are still here.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Restore your faith in Rock and Roll 13 Aug. 2006
By gordo_aka_thegrunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had read that this was a good album, it got good reviews. I liked the title and the band name and the comparisons to Sunn O))). I wrote it down so that I would give it a listen in the record store a few months ago, but never got around to it. I have aged in the last few years and my tolerance for loud, fast music has started to wane. I really liked the Sunn O))) "Black One" record because it felt like metal, but without the drums. I have loved music that drones since I have discovered it. Sunn O))) is fun because it drones and has a quality of evil to it that is missing in rock music. I kind of thought that Boris was going to sound a lot like "Black One."

A couple of weeks ago I heard a track on KUSF, I think it must have been "just abandoned my-self" and was really impressed. It seemed like it played for about 20 minutes and I just kept listening. I was suprised I didn't change the channel. Luckily, they announced the band at the end of the song and I decided I was just going to get the CD.

The CD arrived and I was immediately impressed by the cover art. There are three pieces of beautiful blotter paper, one is a partial Bosch painting. I put the CD in the stereo and the first song, "Farewell" was totally different from what I expected. It is like the best shoegazer song you have ever heard. It sounded so good on the stereo that after about half of the song I turned it off and decided I was going to save this album for a time when I could actually sit and listen, it was that great. Last week I went camping and brought a crappy CD walkman, this album filled my evening in the pitch black. I haven't felt this excited about a rock band in a while. Boris in some ways are traditional hard rock, but so much better than anything else I have heard in years in this genre. After hearing "Farewell" which is just a beautiful track, I was expecting more of this, but the album rolls right into some heavy music with the next track "Pink." While this is pretty heavy and can probably pull a lot of energy out, it is also just as suitable as headphone music to zone out with. As I listened to the album, there were times I wanted to break out and bang my head (well, sort of), I was happy just listening to the variety of tones this group can pull out. The drums are fantastic. "Electric" even has a fun high-hat, nearly disco thing going on amidst a whirl of electric guitar. While, the Sunn O))) influence is present, it's not really near that. "blackout" is probably one of the best droning on songs I have ever heard. I was actually thinking more along the lines of every great rock band's best material all mixed up. I remember the first time I heard Jane's Addictions first "live" album and I can't even say that JA were this good. I was also thinking of Smashing Pumpkins very best heavy music, but without the cheese. I could also make comparisons to Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth, etc. This is better, at least it is at the moment (it's still new). I am looking forward to the Sunn O)))/Boris collaboration coming out soon. My only fault with this album that is I do believe it is so good, it deserves to be listened to very loudly, on very good stereo equipment with no other distractions, which might mean it isn't going to get listened to very often. But then I guess that is what makes it special. I would hate for any of these songs to be overplayed on the radio, not that I see that happening, it's too good for radio. Looking forward to seeing this band live and have a feeling they are probably not going to let anyone down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The best album of 2006? 7 Aug. 2006
By JC Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
2006 is only half over, but it's hard to imagine anything better than this coming out any time soon. A VERY high energy stomp w/ incredible texture & incidental ambient noise to give the riffing some depth. It doesn't really matter that you can't understand the words; the vocal melodies will capture you immediately. The slower pieces (incl. the opening track) recall the best of 90's ambient rock, while the fast pieces - which will make you charge around your apartment until you're out of breath - have a brilliant punky-metal bounce to them. The rhythm section, particularly the drummer, propels the band madcap over the amazing rough terrain carved out by a nastily distorted guitar. A release more for those interested in feedback solos that traditional solos, this CD is the beautiful bastard child of Motorhead & The Mary Chain. A must listen for anyone interested in high energy music.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Its Official 2 May 2007
By Ian S. Bloedel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yup, Boris is now officially my favorite band.

Pink is like taking all of your favorite bits of every other Boris album, from their straight up heavy rock to their droniest dirges, making it even better, and putting it all on one cd. When I try to think of a way to describe the sound... I can't say just one word.

Energetic. Pretty (the sound, not the pinkness). Loud. Heavy.

Just a fantastic album from start to finish.
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