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Tokyo, Japan (1992 – present)

There are several artists using this name:
1) Boris (ボリス) are a Japanese band formed in Tokyo in 1992. The band’s original lineup consisted of Atsuo, Takeshi, Wata, and Nagata who was the band’s original drummer. After his departure in 1996, Atsuo took over drums and the lineup has remained consistent to this day. Boris draw influence from a huge variety of styles including, but not limited to, , , , , , , , , and . The band’s name is taken from a song on Melvins’ album, Bullhead.

They released their debut full-length album, Absolutego, on their own label, Fangs Anal Satan, in 1996. Since its formation, Boris have released 19 full-length albums, four live albums, six collaborations with Japanese legend Merzbow among various other collaborations, and one best album Variations which focused more on the rock side of the band.

Boris saw a huge increase in popularity when Southern Lord reissued their works in North America, garnering them critical acclaim and recognition in music press. Pink, originally released in 2005 in Japan via Diwphalanx, was reissued in 2006 by Southern Lord and met with a very positive reception in the US. Blender magazine and SPIN magazine both named it one of the year’s best albums. The album also made the top of the metal section in Canadian magazine Exclaim’s reader’s poll of that year, and was in the top 10 of Pitchfork Media’s top 50 records of the year.

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  • Andaer

    It's on Archive II, the best release they've put out in years.

    Yesterday 5:37pm Reply
  • Iheartokiohotel

    don't forget Akuma no Uta. Naki Kyoku needs to happen live.

    Yesterday 4:27pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    i still love boris but i must agree that their records havent sounded as good as pink or flood did, all that heavy ass analog clipping was great

    Yesterday 7:42am Reply
  • RiotSugar

    A live album of Noise with some of Solomon and Praparat mixed in would be so great. They've done a good job of bringing some rarer older stuff like Huge and Vomitself into their sets recently too, I'd like to see them do a little more of that. A Bao A Qu, Just Abandoned Myself, Feedbacker... they've got so much to work with!

    Yesterday 11:04pm Reply
  • Andaer

    We need a new live album including the songs from Noise. A record of the Boiler Room show would be cool, too.

    Yesterday 8:19pm Reply
  • Andaer

    The songs are great, especially live, but the recording doesn't do them justice at all. [2] This is exactly the problem.

    Yesterday 8:17pm Reply
  • Iheartokiohotel

    I hope future releases sound more like Solomon Extra and Praparat as opposed to Noise and its lame mix/compression. The songs are great, especially live, but the recording doesn't do them justice at all.

    Yesterday 6:52pm Reply
  • Iheartokiohotel

    Walrus/Groon was the first thing I've ever heard from them, immediately followed by Rock Dream. Thank you Masami for introducing me to these dudes.

    Yesterday 6:47pm Reply
  • ColonelTheSlav

    I have to agree sort off. They've been on a decline since 2008 aside from few stellar songs sprinkled all over the place.

    27 Mar 6:03pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    I think I'm pretty much done with Boris. They've definitely had moments on the past several releases, but for the most part they've been on a long slow decline. I can't imagine them covering Lithium. I have a feeling it's gonna be pretty bad.

    27 Mar 5:58pm Reply
  • Abroxas

    Moderate margarine!

    27 Mar 2:49pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    if youre gonna kill someone i suggest you start with yourself

    27 Mar 4:17am Reply
  • SimpatiK

    Get the fucking dance music crap out of here or I'm going to kill someone.

    26 Mar 3:00pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    tfw one of my fave bands covers my favorite band from when i was a little kid thank you jesus

    26 Mar 6:29am Reply
  • 16N0R4N7

    Japanese Smile is the best Smile.

    26 Mar 12:45am Reply
  • deadgrandma

    vv yes. Nirvanas lithium.

    25 Mar 6:12am Reply
  • uranutan

    We're gonna get some high quality Atsuo YEAH!s on this one

    25 Mar 6:04am Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    Lithium?? Nirvana's Lithium???? What??????

    25 Mar 4:57am Reply
  • deadgrandma

    Hope Boris' cover of Lithium drones

    25 Mar 12:39am Reply
  • Andaer

    But Wata is whispering on Fried Eagle Mind.

    22 Mar 4:03pm Reply
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