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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 17 full-length albums, three 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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  • Lobsterdeth

    I always go to gigs alone because my friends only like stupid shit, except Boris tho I usually see Boris with 1/2 frends.

    Yesterday 7:10am Reply
  • sglangdon

    You just said you're old enough, so there's no problem. Why do people have such a problem about going to gigs on their own? If you only want to go if you have someone to go with then you can't be THAT bothered about going... In which case you have nothing to complain about.

    19 Apr 4:18pm Reply
  • deadgrandma

    v stop hanging out with kids...

    19 Apr 8:34am Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    Ugh, the date in my area for their summer tour is 21+...I'm old enough but none of my friends that like Boris are 21...fml

    19 Apr 12:46am Reply
  • DJVulpus

    Never seen Boris live before nor any artists like them but have tickets to see them in London next week; what am I getting myself into?

    18 Apr 9:33pm Reply
  • FlyingWhael

    So I'm a little late to the party here but the new song is damn good.

    18 Apr 8:43pm Reply
  • Slowbrosif

    The 3 songs from Noise they played on Tuesday night were really good. There was one riff that was heavy as fuck and I gotta go back in June to see them play the whole album in its entirety.

    18 Apr 3:08am Reply
  • RiotSugar

    NOISE

    17 Apr 9:05pm Reply
  • hibernative

    what have i missed?

    17 Apr 8:12pm Reply
  • OmerNurelian

    oh my fuckin god so good i wanna cry!

    17 Apr 10:19am Reply
  • Andaer

    Orange shirt with Wata and her amps.

    16 Apr 8:23pm Reply
  • Iheartokiohotel

    i shall let you know once i report back from Desertfest

    16 Apr 1:45pm Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Is Michio Kurihara still part of the live band?

    16 Apr 12:21pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    Because that would be even more uncool.

    16 Apr 9:55am Reply
  • Iheartokiohotel

    why don't they make a tshirt with just a massive print of the band instead of that silly cover? a man can dream, but he's not man enough to let himself wear something this uncool...

    16 Apr 9:16am Reply
  • agnesxsaboia

    god lives

    14 Apr 7:54pm Reply
  • RiotSugar

    I'm not expecting/hoping for different versions, but if there are any I think the Daymare LP is the mostly likely candidate for being different. Was Smile the last time they properly released separate versions of the same album? I guess the 3rd release of Vein kinda counts and you could argue PurpleRocks/NewAlbum/AttentionPlease do to an extent too.

    11 Apr 9:33am Reply
  • MichaelSnoxall

    Still waiting on the Japanese LP pre-order.

    11 Apr 3:04am Reply
  • MichaelSnoxall

    The Japanese cover is way better than the (frankly, not very good) US cover.

    11 Apr 2:59am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Nothing I've read seems to indicate that the Japan and International versions are different mixes, but even if they are that's just more Boris to listen to!

    11 Apr 2:37am Reply
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