Who is Boris?: Formed in Tokyo, Japan in 1992, Boris is an experimental metal band who have released over twenty studio albums to date.
The term ‘experimental’ is almost never a worthy description of a band’s music–which is definitely the case with Boris. However, the massive amount of material they have released in the last 25 years contains way too many variations of metal to sum up with one hybrid term. So, for the sake of 21st century attention spans, I will let ‘experimental’ be–in hopes that all of you hungry music lovers will spend some of your own quality time delving into their hearty discography in order to discover their numerous idiosyncrasies.
That being said, all of their albums have one thing in common: they’re LOUD. Though the band only consists of three members (Atsuo Mizuno on drums and lead vocals, Takeshi Ohtani on rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and vocals, and Wata on lead guitar and synthesizer), their sound is massive (volume itself becoming an instrument in some cases).
When recording albums, the band often records live–with a minimal amount of post-production. In an interview, Atsuo said (in regards to the recording of Akuma No Uta): “We wanted to capture the feeling of the moment. We wanted to include all the noises in the studio that most recordings discard. Usually those noises are not important, but we wanted to include those meaningless things.”
Interesting Fact: Speaking of Akuma No Uta: The cover of the album is a direct tribute to Nick Drake’s 1970 album Bryter Layter. Though the band’s music has pretty much nothing in common with Drake’s gentle folk music, they nonetheless cite him as an important influence on their work.
Recommended Listening: A live performance of the song “Pink” off of the album of the same name. If you want to listen to an entire album, I recommend Amplifier Worship.