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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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  • Lobsterdeth

    me too

    Yesterday 6:27am Reply
  • musicmisc

    This band is past their prime, unfortunately

    Yesterday 6:17am Reply
  • adityafarma

    24 Aug 3:38pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    Okay, that clears that up then. I kinda had my hopes up that they'd repressed Solomon 1 for a moment there... I found out a bit more about the Sun Baked Snow Cave LP for anyone interested - Hydra Head are apparently releasing it properly on Sep 23rd (info on their fb page).

    24 Aug 7:55am Reply
  • MikeyTheChef

    Finally got a chance to see them the other night. Holy fuck, I don't think I'm going to enjoy myself that much ever again. Also, got my Pink LP signed and talked with them a bit.

    24 Aug 7:13am Reply
  • Merzbow666

    i havent missed out on any 18+ shows for being underage yet. if i can just make it until may...

    24 Aug 4:39am Reply
  • uranutan

    Oh, really? That explains the $35 price then, haha.

    24 Aug 1:45am Reply
  • ReactionForce

    The Solomon record they're selling on tour is just "Extra" It comes in a Chronicles jacket.

    24 Aug 1:21am Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    i remember when i was underage hahahaha I've been to so many shows now that I'm 24 that I can't even remember what it's like not being able to go to a show cause of age

    24 Aug 1:11am Reply
  • Merzbow666

    dude that suuuucks id be so disappointed if that happened to me. the one i went to was 17+ and im 17 so i was happy about that. they had some cool new shirts (noise cover, skull and crossbones, a yellow one with a cat and a couple that i cant remember) and then they had performing flood, noise (worldwide and jp), solomon, archive ii, and a few others. someone else here can probably be more helpful than me haha

    23 Aug 11:09pm Reply
  • antiperiodic

    Their show in my city was 21+ so I couldn't go, but what merch were they selling this time?

    23 Aug 9:04pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    i was looking through my bible and i dont think Solomon was repressed he had mines and 12 year old wives

    23 Aug 6:48pm Reply
  • uranutan

    Yeah! They released a set with the original three remastered and Solomon Extra. I think that's the only way to get Extra, actually.

    23 Aug 5:38pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    They repressed the old Solomons?

    23 Aug 3:19pm Reply
  • uranutan

    They're selling a set of all four Solomon LPs on the tour for $35, but I don't know about Sun Baked Snow Cave.

    23 Aug 2:06pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    Does anyone know where one can purchase vinyl copies of Sun Baked Snow Cave and Solomon Extra? They appear to exist, but there's very little information on them or where to get them. Hydra Head's Real Tomato Ketchup website was selling Sun Baked Snow Cave LPs, but they're sold out and there's no entry for it on discogs. Solomon Extra LP is listed on Discogs, but going to the label that supposedly released / are releasing it turns up nothing. Anyone know anything? Are they selling them on tour?

    23 Aug 8:07am Reply
  • sglangdon

    For some reason it's stuck in my head that Kurihara left before they recorded 'Performing Flood'... I'm not 100% on that though.

    23 Aug 8:02am Reply
  • uranutan

    They played parts 2 and 3 of Flood during the US tour IIRC. It was the same as the 'boris performing flood' album, minus Michio Kurihara of course.

    23 Aug 1:27am Reply
  • adityafarma

    23 Aug 1:23am Reply
  • Iheartokiohotel

    i know it's recorded at 'leave them all behind' in tokyo, but is kurihara on it?

    22 Aug 11:37pm Reply
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