Boris: Heavy, New and Noteworthy

Posted by Kelly Sweeney Osato, July 7, 2010 01:03am | Post a Comment
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It may seem like Boris has been keeping uncharacteristically quiet of late, but get ready kids! This summer will be anything but restful for the tempestuous trio, what with a US/Canada tour kicking off in San Diego later this month and a handful of new and noteworthy releases, not to mention the latest news that Boris has surprisingly teamed up with the Cult frontman Ian Astbury. Merely imagining how frightfully massive Astbury's god-like vocal contribution to Boris' patent wall of sonic, hard-rocking excess could be on BXI --- their collaborative EP to be released by Southern Lord on CD and 12" this September --- has got this fan all in a fluster of anticipation. The audience-realness perspective of the video below aside, if seeing this new Boris/Cult thing unfold onstage via a cover of the Doors "This is the End" doesn't spark your fire then you ought to get your tinderbox checked.

Until they grace the stage in my hometown I'll have to make do with the latest imported Boris offering, Variations + Live -- a deluxe greatest hits CD of sorts comprised of several re-recordings and reinterpretations of thirteeBoris variations + live CD DVD import inoxia records greatest hits michio kuriharan well-loved Boris rockers featuring part/full-time axe-master Michio Kurihara on guitar and a bonus DVD of the band playing live in Japan. If Heavy Rocks and/or Akuma no Uta is/are among your most treasured Boris albums this'll have to be a must-have, as the newly recorded versions of "Korosu," "1970" and "Naki Kyoku" shalt surely melt ye face. Variations + Live is available now at Amoeba Music in San Francisco; act fast. 

If you're looking for something newer and slightly heavier, get off the couch next Tuesday and come on down to pick up Chapter Ahead Being Fake, the new Torche/Boris split 12" on Hydra Head Records. Sure, the union of Torche and Boris carries less surprise than the impending Ian Astbury jam, but the prospect is none-the-less delicious. And it's no mistake that this little gem drops the same day as the Melvins/Isis split 12" (also on Hydra Head), as there has been talk that what spurred the split sparked from the idea that Torche and Boris represent "proof of Melvins' children," or so says Tadashi of Daymare Recordings. Chapter Ahead Being Fake having already been released in Japan for quite a while, it is about time we get to hear "Luna," a twelve minute space-rock track that would've been the first new material from Boris since 2008's Smile if it had ever been released stateside. All the same, it feels good to be looking forward to not just any summer, but a Boris-heavy summer!
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