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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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  • uranutan

    Boutique pedals usually cost way too much. I like the sound but I wouldn't pay anywhere near $300 for it. It's situational; it's probably not the kind of fuzz you'd use all the time.

    Yesterday 1:56am Reply
  • Abroxas

    As if you all wouldn't pay 300$ for a piece of paper signed by Wata. ಠ_ಠ

    Yesterday 2:24pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    300 bucks just cause its signed by wata? jesus

    Yesterday 11:25am Reply
  • 16N0R4N7

    Watafuzz sounds like shit and the price tag is ridiculous. inb4 NOS resistors/transistors

    23 Jul 5:07am Reply
  • Taki90

    "Dude who gives a fuck about singing ability. Bands that can't sing are the best" ...XD [2]

    22 Jul 3:36pm Reply
  • uranutan

    $300 I think

    22 Jul 3:04pm Reply
  • sickboymethud

    New album is brilliant. Some of the best this year.

    22 Jul 2:54am Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    anyone know how much they're selling those wata fuzz for?

    21 Jul 8:40am Reply
  • a_spaceman

    Dude who gives a fuck about singing ability. Bands that can't sing are the best

    20 Jul 2:45am Reply
  • Rikardo90

    \\/ you're watching a rock concert, not an opera >_<

    19 Jul 11:55pm Reply
  • hibernative

    watching Boris Boiler Room Tokyo Live set and it's ruined 1:50 in with takeshi's meandering, off key voice. let atsuo sing, or get some singing lessons.

    19 Jul 9:51pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    This band is named after a song which is about a cat. Both versions of Noise have a cat on the cover. The A Bao a Qu pic disc has a cat on it. The Asobi Seksu/Boris split has a cat on it. They have released records on Catune, the logo of which is a cat's face. I think Boris like cats. I wish the Melvins had more cat-related things going on, but its all dogs and farmyard animals with those guys...

    19 Jul 7:46am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Saw King Buzzo play "Boris" two weeks before I get to see Boris.

    18 Jul 6:49pm Reply
  • Abroxas

    I think Bit makes a great transition track between Angel and Quicksilver. I find Bit a bit (haha) misplaced in front of the rather jolly tracks of the bonus EP.

    18 Jul 11:32am Reply
  • Travel_head

    Nice sound but the vocals....

    18 Jul 9:05am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Anyone know where to find an english translation of the Flood lyrics?

    17 Jul 7:55pm Reply
  • Andaer

    I love what they did with Taiyo no Baka. On any other album Ghost of Romance-Heavy Rain-Angel would be considered a perfect sequence. But Boris puts this little pop song inbetween. And it fucking works.

    17 Jul 6:55am Reply
  • Abroxas

    And I changed my mind on Taiyo no Baka. The chorus has been stuck in my head for the past few days. Damn you Boris!

    16 Jul 6:30pm Reply
  • Andaer

    The only thing that bothers me is the placement of Quicksilver.

    16 Jul 8:20am Reply
  • RiotSugar

    Yup I changed my mind on Ghost Of Romance.. still think Bit would make a much better opener than Melody though.

    16 Jul 5:14am Reply
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