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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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  • halfam

    This sucks. I really want to see Boris obviously but being realistic I probably can't make the 4 and a half hour drive. I really hope they can tour here next year.

    Yesterday 3:37am Reply
  • Smapizard

    That would be cool to have.

    Yesterday 3:31am Reply
  • Wintersun767

    Yes Please

    Yesterday 1:42pm Reply
  • Andaer

    Of course!

    28 Jul 8:56am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Yes!

    28 Jul 12:19am Reply
  • uranutan

    If I ripped the audio from their Boiler Room set and split it in to tracks and uploaded it, would any of you guys be interested?

    27 Jul 11:36pm Reply
  • Ganbou-Ki

    why no love for Siesta

    27 Jul 1:02am Reply
  • uranutan

    Rock Dream is such a good album. I need to see Boris w/ Merzbow live before I die.

    26 Jul 10:52pm Reply
  • RiotSugar

    The Angel-Quicksilver-Vomitself combo works incredibly well for songs written nearly two decades apart.

    26 Jul 9:03am Reply
  • jonny_juicebags

    Oh my fucking god Heavy Rain, Angel, Quicksilver and Vomitself were so fucking heavy

    26 Jul 6:39am Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    Vomitself is an astral blessing in auditory form, I am purged of all sin

    26 Jul 5:46am Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    Black Cat Vanilla Statement Romance Rain Baka Cosmos Angel Quicksilver Vomitself

    26 Jul 5:45am Reply
  • uranutan

    Yeah, I don't think it's the full setlist either. Hopefully they play more stuff that's not from Noise.

    25 Jul 10:10pm Reply
  • rorberyllium

    I don't think that's the full setlist. Atsuo mentioned in an interview that they're playing Quicksilver every night. There's probably a couple more songs in there as well.

    25 Jul 7:23pm Reply
  • uranutan

    And they ended with Vomitself apparently.

    25 Jul 7:09pm Reply
  • uranutan

    Apparently the setlist from their last show was Pink, Vanilla, Heavy Rain, Taiyo No Baka, and Angel. I guess they're mainly playing stuff from Noise on this tour?

    25 Jul 7:05pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    If I was gonna drop that kinda money on a fuzz I'd much rather get a Death By Audio Apocalypse... Also, for the price it is you'd think they'd kind of make a little bit of effort to make the Watafuzz look nice, y'know?

    25 Jul 9:21am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Naki Kyoku and Korosu in the top 15 cool.

    25 Jul 3:43am Reply
  • 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.

    24 Jul 1:56am Reply
  • Abroxas

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

    23 Jul 2:24pm Reply
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