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Boris, Noise (Graveface Records)




Boris, Noise (Graveface Records)
CD Reviews: July 10, 2014

07/10/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Boris, Noise (Graveface Records)

This seminal Japanese three-piece has been making albums since 1996, but it wasn’t until 2005’s Pink album that western civilization really sat up and paid attention. As with previous albums, Noise is like a box of chocolates, launching into somewhat-speedy street-metal for two songs before switching over to weird-out Spacemen 3 drone, then throwing a Venom-like fastball in “Quiksilver.” And, as before, it all works together, making for a really intelligent piece of work, especially given the seemingly endless types of noise they get from their guitars, and there’s even a drum machine sighting in “Taiyo No Baka.” Labeling this band as “experimental” has always seemed wrong; they’ve always struck me as something akin to a Pink Floyd demo tape invaded by Thin Lizzy, and if you’re into Marshall-amp bliss, there’s nothing crazily out of the ordinary even while the variations thereof are fascinating. Even the extended ringout at the close of the Alice in Chains-like “Angel” eventually becomes something almost marketable. In a musical landscape as sucky as the Twenty-Teens, this stuff is Bach. A+Eric W. Saeger





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