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OptionVotes
2005 Pink 13
1996 Absolutego 8
2000 Flood 6
2002 Heavy Rocks 5
2003 Akuma no Uta 5
2003 Boris At Last: -Feedbacker- 5
2006 Rainbow (with Michio Kurihara of Ghost and White Heaven)3
2005 Dronevil 3
1998 Amplifier Worship 2
2006 Altar (with Sunn O)))) 2
2005 Archive (Live) 1
2006 Vein 1
1998 Black: Implication Flooding (with Keiji Haino) 1
2004 The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 0
2006 The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 2 0
2006 The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 3 0
2005 Soundtrack from Film “Mabuta no Ura” 0


Zeno, Sunday, 14 October 2007 23:44 (eleven years ago) link

"Another important concept in the band's aesthetic is the idea of "uppercase" and "lowercase" Boris. According to Atsuo, if the band's name appears as "BORIS" on the record cover, the music is a relatively conventional dose of rock or metal. If the name appears as "Boris" or "boris," then, the music is most likely an experimental recording.[1]"
(wikipedia)

Zeno, Sunday, 14 October 2007 23:48 (eleven years ago) link

Absolutego

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 14 October 2007 23:55 (eleven years ago) link

flood, u are winner

lucas pine, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:00 (eleven years ago) link

I did not realize they had this many records.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:00 (eleven years ago) link

...there are even more,with the merzbow collabrations

Zeno, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:02 (eleven years ago) link

my answer to my poll is "heavy rocks" btw

Zeno, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:03 (eleven years ago) link

xxposts I did not know that!

Akuma no Uta is pretty great.
But Farewell is their finest moment?. That song is teh paradigm of awes.

The Merbow collabbs are fantastic. I Am The Walrus cover is a bit O_o tho

W4LTER, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:04 (eleven years ago) link

Absolutego sounds great on the bus at 5 am when it's 20 degrees outside, but I can't really stomach it elsewhere.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:05 (eleven years ago) link

I feel like voting Pink will out me as a relative n00b, but I just like it better than Akuma.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:08 (eleven years ago) link

But shit, Heavy Rocks is really fucking good.

More listening tonight, then voting.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:09 (eleven years ago) link

I like Pink. How can you not? :)

W4LTER, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:09 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, i might also choose Pink in any other day.

Zeno, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:10 (eleven years ago) link

i just saw these guys at a free instore 3hrs ago. so much smoke from the smoke machine, it didn't matter that i didnt' have a good view of them. one really long (45 min) song. started out with like 10minutes of ebow feedback and then into the riffing. pretty awesome

(ARRGHGHGH dudes, stop posting, i have to relog in every time you do!)

jaxon, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:10 (eleven years ago) link

i haven't heard all of them, and it's been years since i've heard anything besides Rainbow, and i've listened to that one a LOT lately, so i choose that.

jaxon, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:11 (eleven years ago) link

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ENVY I HAS IT

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:12 (eleven years ago) link

i hope it won't be a one song set in their ny shows...
i will demand my money back..

Zeno, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:12 (eleven years ago) link

rainbow is not consistent enough.some good cuts,some mediocre

Zeno, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:13 (eleven years ago) link

actually,in a way, Pink is like the best Niravan record they never recorded.

Zeno, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:18 (eleven years ago) link

(nirvana)

Zeno, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:19 (eleven years ago) link

Wow, no wonder I feel like people are always talking about these guys. What a productive lot!

Uh, the only one I've owned (and so have known quite well) was Absolutego, and that I ended up not caring for. Have heard some of _Amplifier Worship_ but nothing after. Am I a fool for not having explored beyond this? I don't really dig much stoner rock or sludge metal anymore, so I'll gladly skip any such records.
(No vote, obv)

Øystein, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:55 (eleven years ago) link

You should listen to Rainbow then.

W4LTER, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:56 (eleven years ago) link

It's pretty tame.

W4LTER, Monday, 15 October 2007 00:58 (eleven years ago) link

Wow, interesting timing for this poll to appear, seeing as I'm starting to really get into this band!
I actually got Amplifier Worship in the mail yesterday and it's great. I don't think I can vote just yet because I've only heard Absolutego and Pink as well, but I love them too.
I actually thought I was over the sludge stuff too before I heard this band though. Can't wait to see them tomorrow!!

Jack Burton, Monday, 15 October 2007 01:06 (eleven years ago) link

i said pink. once upon a time i would've voted for amplifier worship, but i listen to pink more than any of them so fuck it.

1998 Black: Implication Flooding (with Keiji Haino)

needs to be reissued. more than any of the other records that get issued in 50 different rip-off formats.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 15 October 2007 07:12 (eleven years ago) link

What? No Yello albums? They have a member called Boris after all....

Geir Hongro, Monday, 15 October 2007 10:42 (eleven years ago) link

BORIS HEAVY ROCKS

MRZBW, Monday, 15 October 2007 11:30 (eleven years ago) link

Don't know all those releases. Amplifier Worship is great, so I'll probably go with that. Altar has some good stuff and some bad stuff. If I remember correctly I like the last two tracks on Altar a lot, but the "pretty one" ("Sinking Belle"?) I think I could do without, or at least without the vocals/piano. I've only heard snippets of Pink, but I'd like to hear more.

They're playing in DC in a week or two, not sure if I'm gonna see them though.

Mark Clemente, Monday, 15 October 2007 13:37 (eleven years ago) link

Is Rainbow worth checking out if I really like Pink (not so much Altar)?

Telephone thing, Monday, 15 October 2007 13:38 (eleven years ago) link

It really depends on my mood, but I ended up going with Akuma no Uta (most likely only because its the most recent I've listened to). Rainbow, Altar, Pink, Amplifier Worship, and Absolutego could all have been argued for.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 15 October 2007 13:51 (eleven years ago) link

saw them last night in SF with Kurihara - they were pretty good but seemed thrown off by some lame technical difficulties early in the show, never seemed to regain their footing after the first song

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 15 October 2007 16:21 (eleven years ago) link

If Pink wins this, then you can fuck right off. It's a good album, I like it, but it's nowhere near their best. NOWHERE!
The true answer is one of these
1996 Absolutego
1998 Amplifier Worship
2000 Flood
2002 Heavy Rocks
2003 Akuma no Uta
2003 Boris At Last: -Feedbacker-
2005 Dronevil

Anything else and you're either having a laugh or a pitchfork reader who hasn't heard the other albums.
Archive release is awesome but it's live recordings. So I wouldn't vote for it, but I do play my cds often. They go for $200+ but I wouldn't part with them.

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 15 October 2007 16:57 (eleven years ago) link

The true answer is one of these
1996 Absolutego
1998 Amplifier Worship
2000 Flood
2002 Heavy Rocks
2003 Akuma no Uta
2003 Boris At Last: -Feedbacker-
2005 Dronevil

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 October 2007 16:58 (eleven years ago) link

or pink

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 October 2007 16:58 (eleven years ago) link

bollocks

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 15 October 2007 17:00 (eleven years ago) link

that is the sex pistols

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 October 2007 17:00 (eleven years ago) link

they are another band

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 October 2007 17:01 (eleven years ago) link

Anything else and you're either having a laugh or a pitchfork reader who hasn't heard the other albums.

the true answer is that they're kind of a mediocre band. let's not get all ANGRY METALHEAD about a band that really doesn't deserve it, unless you're going to be consistent and start posting angrily in food threads and shit.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 15 October 2007 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

also: PINK, not having a laugh, don't read pitchfork, welcome to cognitive dissonance.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 15 October 2007 17:49 (eleven years ago) link

take a deep breath

Zeno, Monday, 15 October 2007 17:53 (eleven years ago) link

BUT I AM FILLED WITH INTERNET RAGE

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 15 October 2007 17:56 (eleven years ago) link

I really like Amplifier Worship and plenty of other bits and pieces I've heard/got, but they've always been a band whom I'm just happy that they can keep on keepin' on without feeling the need to buy into the whole collector scum thing

DJ Mencap, Monday, 15 October 2007 18:22 (eleven years ago) link

Sorry, but "Dronevil" on vinyl played at a volume that is too loud for anything beats "Amplifier Worship." Maybe it was just the speakers, though.

suprematist, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 04:30 (eleven years ago) link

the true answer is that they're kind of a mediocre band. let's not get all ANGRY METALHEAD about a band that really doesn't deserve it, unless you're going to be consistent and start posting angrily in food threads and shit.

-- GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 15 October 2007 17:42

who else does their peculiar mix of doom/stoner/punk?

not snark, actual curiousity.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 04:41 (eleven years ago) link

no one - doesn't make them 'great' in my mind. who else sounds like gogol bordello? nobody, still a shit band.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

who else does their peculiar mix of doom/stoner/punk?

Such an original band clearly chose a name like Boris out of thin air!

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 06:04 (eleven years ago) link

oh, right, the melvins.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 06:09 (eleven years ago) link

"If the name appears as "Boris" or "boris," then, the music is most likely an experimental recording.[1]"

As on Akuma no Uta, but is that really one of their more experimental recordings?

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:27 (eleven years ago) link

haha touche

xxpost

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:49 (eleven years ago) link

btw there's TWO different versions of Vein (I have both) 1 of them is a 2 track "noise" version" and the other is a 12 track "hardcore" version.
The 2 track was mailed only to those people who live outside N America.
So that it would take a week for people to find out that Boris had screwed everyone over by making 2 different versions (i think there's 1100 of the US version and 400 of the Euro. I got lucky and got mine for what my friend paid for his which was the standard price. It's handy knowing people who can get me ltd us only stuff. This albumw as $100+ on ebay at the time.

Herman G. Neuname, Thursday, 18 October 2007 22:10 (eleven years ago) link

Giving a listen to the EP now -- first couple of songs don't quite work for me, comes across as Astbury fronting a band trying to be the Cult. The "Rain" cover is pleasant, though, and the last one is the best, all of Astbury's typical bravura over a big melodramatic slow burn, sounds like it should be the end of a movie.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 July 2010 16:54 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I bought this last night at the Boris show. And I like it. And I don't particularly enjoy the Cult, so it works on a different level and I'm not sure how. Cover song's great. Fun little stopgap EP, I suppose!

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Thursday, 29 July 2010 15:54 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Am seeing Boris tonight. Wonder if they'll play this (actually called "Floor Shaker")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3UOagrgS4M

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 13 August 2010 21:46 (nine years ago) link

All I wanna do is doom-a-doom-doom-doom up the room-room.

let's build a spliff (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:00 (nine years ago) link

great show. michio kurihara killed it every damn time

grateful dad (LOLK), Saturday, 14 August 2010 06:28 (nine years ago) link

oh, Kurihara is on this tour too? is he like, an "official member" now or something? shit, I would have went tonite if i knew Kurihara was there. Otherwise Boris do nothing for me

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 14 August 2010 06:37 (nine years ago) link

I'm pretty sure he's an official member at least of the touring band. He's been there the last three times I've seen them.

FRESH MEAT (MFB), Saturday, 14 August 2010 08:38 (nine years ago) link

Yup, he's been touring with them since the first time I saw Boris in 2007.

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Saturday, 14 August 2010 17:42 (nine years ago) link

So would this BXI EP have been better with a different guest vocalist? I was trying to come up with another frontman who could have done a better job - Glenn Danzig, Chris Cornell - but I think the songs are just weak.

Born In A Test Tube, Raised In A Cage (unperson), Monday, 16 August 2010 12:46 (nine years ago) link

Yup, I'd say it's the songwriting. Last song's decent, and the "Rain" cover is pretty good, but the rest is throwaway.

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Monday, 16 August 2010 13:14 (nine years ago) link

rain is great

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 16 August 2010 16:22 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

Kinda feel like we should do an epic re-poll w/ the collabs and new releases included.

Simon H. Shit (Simon H.), Friday, 20 May 2011 06:07 (eight years ago) link

agree, but gotta give folks some time to digest the new albums!

solitary posts that effortlessly summarize the spirit of ilxor (ilxor), Friday, 20 May 2011 14:58 (eight years ago) link

i might actually vote for Smile tbh, fantastic album—gonna play it now in fact

solitary posts that effortlessly summarize the spirit of ilxor (ilxor), Friday, 20 May 2011 14:59 (eight years ago) link

really wanna check out the Attention Please album

excitebikable boy (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 May 2011 15:26 (eight years ago) link

I've been binging lately. Might have to with the original Heavy Rocks, but I like both new records.

Simon H. Shit (Simon H.), Saturday, 21 May 2011 05:34 (eight years ago) link

I have the two new ones arriving this week—probably today—can't wait

anyone heard 'New Album'?

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Saturday, 21 May 2011 15:56 (eight years ago) link

I've heard all three; to me they go Attention Please > New Album > Heavy Rocks.

that's not funny. (unperson), Saturday, 21 May 2011 16:35 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

they are playing bristol sometime soon (unless i already missed it!)

have been thinking re going along - but haven't they changed their style with recent releases ?

mark e, Monday, 5 November 2012 21:30 (six years ago) link

A bit but not that much. Go, and I'll buy you a beer there.

passive-aggressive display name (aldo), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:13 (six years ago) link

That was a litt e misleading in that at first I thought Boris was recording an entire Loveless tribute by themselves a la Japancakes. Still I'm actually quite the sucker for Japanese tribute albums, since they often tend to have a least one really off the wall interpretation on them and it's been a while since I've seen any new ones arise.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 17:54 (six years ago) link

yeah but by the time i shared the status with ned I had realised it was only the one song. I must admit I would have loved it if they had done the whole album.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 20:32 (six years ago) link

On the other hand, Shonen Knife also contribute a song on there, which seems a bit strange.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 20:45 (six years ago) link

Explains why Takeshi and Atsuo look so femme in that middle pic.

Leeezzarina Sbarro (Leee), Wednesday, 7 November 2012 02:18 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

Been re-listening to Akuma No Uta and Pink a lot in the last few weeks and I've enjoyed them a hell of a lot. It's been a while. I didn't keep up after Pink - which of the last few albums are most worth my time and money please?

kraudive, Thursday, 8 August 2013 23:24 (six years ago) link

Oh I have Rainbow and Altar as well. I should find them in "the box" in the attic.

kraudive, Thursday, 8 August 2013 23:27 (six years ago) link

What is with all these 2011 albums?

kraudive, Thursday, 8 August 2013 23:27 (six years ago) link

Smile [Japanese version, please] is great. I never got into any of those three albums that all came out at the same time, but I was happy when "Pary Boy" came on unexpectedly when I was listening to a failed compilation of mostly year end favorites I had put together. I still haven't heard the album that came out this year.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 9 August 2013 12:57 (six years ago) link

Second the Japanese version of Smile, a less extreme and more poppy version of Akuma and Pink but still heavy and Satan worshipping.

Never bothered much with the 2011 trilogy, but if you like '80s thrash, the full version of "Czechoslovakia" is hella worth tracking down.

May I Call You Jiggleee? (Leee), Friday, 9 August 2013 15:45 (six years ago) link

"Pary Boy" of course should have been "Party Boy."

"Pary Boy" looks more like a Butthole Surfers title: "No it's really supposed to be 'Pary Boy!'"

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 9 August 2013 19:08 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

How many rock bands as good or better are there, among Boris's contemporaries? Not very many.

We are all Hannah Cho now (_Rudipherous_), Sunday, 1 December 2013 05:48 (five years ago) link

they didn't release a really good record for at least 5 years so..

nostormo, Sunday, 1 December 2013 08:39 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

the new album rules, maybe my favorite of theirs since smile. the poppier songs are gorgeous and sort of have an... emo feel?

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:11 (five years ago) link

been leaning in that direction since akuma no uta, imo, but i haven't heard the new one, so maybe you mean in a new way?

sci-fi looking, chubby-leafed, delicately bizarre (contenderizer), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:39 (five years ago) link

maybe more transparently than ever, or something

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 05:04 (five years ago) link

ten months pass...

Three new albums from Boris, plus a collaboration with a Japanese metal band (I think I read this is cassette only), and a Nirvana cover.

boris new album 1
New Noise Literacy 003
“urban dance"

1. un, deux, trois
2. surrender
3. choreographer
4. endless
5. game of death

FAS-04/NNL003

boris new album 2
New Noise Literacy 004
"warpath”

1. midgard schlange
2. behind the owl
3. dreamy eyed panjandrum
4. voo-vah

FAS-05/NNL004

boris new album 3
New Noise Literacy 005
"asia"

1. terracotta warrior
2. ant hill
3. talkative lord vs silence master

FAS-06/NNL005

available on merch table!
from may 2nd

https://www.facebook.com/borisheavyrocks/posts/970416566324988

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmc656czwYA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dhor5gj8E4

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 16 May 2015 15:03 (four years ago) link

the lithium cover is so bad.

soyrev, Saturday, 16 May 2015 15:57 (four years ago) link

and hey not this poll's fault for not presaging it but sorry y'all New Album (Daymare version) is Boris' best album 8-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Album

they're at their best as an anime band

soyrev, Saturday, 16 May 2015 15:59 (four years ago) link

the lithium cover is so bad.

It really is. Maybe they hate Nirvana.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 16 May 2015 17:05 (four years ago) link

It's no "Sometimes," but I think it's more boring than awful. The slow-mo chorus is great.

Madison Dumbbarfer (Leee), Saturday, 16 May 2015 18:18 (four years ago) link

and hey not this poll's fault for not presaging it but sorry y'all New Album (Daymare version) is Boris' best album 8-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Album

they're at their best as an anime band

― soyrev, Saturday, 16 May 2015 16:59 (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is the only Boris album I really like, which is odd considering how pop it is. Stuff like Pink is OK but too cheesy rawkin for my tastes, I try to listen to Flood from time to time but I don't think I have the patience for it.

i really like a lot of their other stuff (probably akuma no uta most), but the daymare version of that record (i.e. the one that begins with "flare") is just so virtuoso and fun. i'm bummed that the far more common 'tearbridge' version's sequencing (and i think alternate mixes at times, iirc?) mess it up

soyrev, Monday, 18 May 2015 00:18 (four years ago) link

I forgot that I liked Noise last year which has a fair bit of rawk on it, my own opinions don't make sense sometimes.

i liked a bit of Noise but it's nowhere close to the variety, cohesion and fun of New Album: Daymare Edition *imo*

soyrev, Monday, 18 May 2015 17:10 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...
eight months pass...

Boris track stops, but
the drone keeps coming from my
humidifier.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 22:00 (three years ago) link

did anybody get the Pink deluxe reissue?

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 25 September 2016 03:20 (two years ago) link

saw them play pink on the first night of the tour in san diego when i was visiting this summer. it was near enough note perfect with the LP. incredible experience.

meaulnes, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 08:14 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

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