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Brilliant and very varied,
This review is from: Amplifier Worship (Audio CD)
This is my first venture into any of Boris' music, but I have been rather charmed by it. I am a huge fan of stoner and sludge stuff anyway so it was probably inevitable that I would like this band, but what I'm saying is that just on the first listen this CD hooked me... and suprised me too which is not something I can often say for the genre.
So how does it sound? Well it's very heavy for the most part, being either droney or sludgy... but not in an oppressive Sunn O))) kind of way, more in an enthralling Pelican sort of way i.e. it's very loud and very heavy but it just sounds powerful, not depressing. It's a pretty standard rock band setupd (Drums, bass, guitars, vocals) but it's used in various, very effective ways. For instance the song Kuruimizu starts out like a heavy sludge song then drops down to near silence with just a distant bassline line and then... it turns into a full on Explosions in the Sky-esque post-rock song. No joke; it sounds like it shouldn't fit but it worked so well. The last thing I will mention is that many of the riffs herein instantly reminded me of the Melvins, but I don't suppose that's too suprising seeing as how this band take their name from a Melvins song
Vocals/Lyrics? The vocals are good, I like them. Nothing groundbreaking... nothing varied really; more or less just constant shouting in a sort of EyeHateGod Sludge style. But it works for the album and it doesn't get tiresome as it has some nice echo effects that keep things fresh.
I can't comment much on the lyrics since I haven't read them but from what I can hear they all appear to be in Japanese (No suprise really, Japanese band and all that); a language which I unfortunately don't speak and as such I am unable to critique what I heard.
Overall I would highly recommend this to any open-minded rock/metal fan but particularly to those who already have a leaning towards the sludgy stonery stuff. I don't think you'll be disappointed.