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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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  • cube_teh_reaL

    its funny how sometimes i dont listen to them for as long as half a year or so, and then come back to them and realize there was never another band i needed to listen to

    20 Oct 11:51am Reply
  • Andaer

    The vocals on the Archive version of Flood are immense.

    18 Oct 6:00pm Reply
  • icore8

    Thanks! I actually thought Wata uses 57' Classics or Burstbuckers, Seymour's tops are titled usually.

    17 Oct 6:44pm Reply
  • Iheartokiohotel

    good work

    16 Oct 1:15pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    another update wata posted her pickup config on their twitter she uses a JB humbucker on the bridge and a 59 humbucker on the neck pretty standard for les pauls

    15 Oct 4:45pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    quick update after a chat with my friend iheartokiohotel and watching the dommune live very closely i have determined the tuning for vomitself to be Boris A# standard tuning with the A# dropped down to D# for a D# unison on the two thicker strings a lá Melvins' "Boris" A unison. Make sure to use thick ass baritone strings dont blame me if u break ur guitar lmao

    15 Oct 7:46am Reply
  • Andaer

    I wish that Boris/Melvins/Sunn O)))/Earth tour could have actually happened. [3] Besides I think Boris should do two-nighters in every city. One night BORIS, one night boris. With fitting support bands respectively.

    14 Oct 11:58am Reply
  • Ganbou-Ki

    but in a perfect world, we'd have a one-man show of atsuo covering Black Santa on castanets and vocal

    14 Oct 11:50am Reply
  • Ganbou-Ki

    i know, in the early morning i start reasoning that if i think of a close enough setlist to what they're currently doing, they'll hear my summons and come and play here again, which is my only real fantasy

    14 Oct 11:48am Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    i want a show where they play their cover of its shoved

    14 Oct 7:19am Reply
  • antiperiodic

    I wish that Boris/Melvins/Sunn O)))/Earth tour could have actually happened. [2] holy shit the thought of that makes me feel sick. Just imagine all three bands playing "Her Lips Were Wet With Venom" together. // I'm not sure how well full length Absolutego would work in a normal set, but it'd be pretty amazing to see them do another long song show and extend them.

    14 Oct 3:54am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    I wish that Boris/Melvins/Sunn O)))/Earth tour could have actually happened.

    14 Oct 2:32am Reply
  • Merzbow666

    "yo dont put absolutego on your lists theyre just gonna play the 16 min version" this is my fantasy though so theyd play it all

    13 Oct 9:27pm Reply
  • antiperiodic

    @Ganbou, I'm pretty sure that isn't far from a typical modern Boris setlist, with the exceptions of untitled and maybe Siesta. Just sayin'

    13 Oct 6:43pm Reply
  • Andaer

    to keep it pure and simple: 1. Feedbacker 2. Flood

    13 Oct 1:27pm Reply
  • Ganbou-Ki

    1. Huge 2. Attention Please 3. Taiyo no Baka 4. Hey Everyone 5. Vanilla 6. Blackout 7. Cosmos 8. My Neighbour Satan 9. Siesta 10. Farewell. Encore: 11. untitled 12. Vomitself

    13 Oct 11:16am Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    yo these setlists are almost 3 hours long lol jesus srsly guys atsuo can only woo so much in one night

    13 Oct 8:52am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Alternate set feat. Merzbow: Huge, Feedbacker, Flood, Vomitself, Farewell>Vomitself Reprise

    13 Oct 7:16am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Walk On: Flood 1, Introduction>Ibitsu, Korosu, Pink, Naki Kyoku, Hope, The Evilone Which Sobs>Vomitself, Encore: Akuma No Uta

    13 Oct 7:12am Reply
  • antiperiodic

    1: Introduction 2: Furi 3: Korosu 4: Pink 5: Woman on the Screen 6: Feedbacker 7: Just Abandoned Myself Encore: Farewell/Flood 1

    13 Oct 4:41am Reply
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