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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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  • legacystarship

    When's Boris doing a collab with Róisín Murphy? I srs feel they'd compliment each other well.

    31 Jul 5:30am Reply
  • deadgrandma

    v most of their classic stuff isn't particularly hard to get on vinyl though, for decent-ish prices too. It's when you go after Jap pressings it gets more expensive.

    31 Jul 3:21am Reply
  • Prognoz_

    If they could reissue their classic albums on vinyl, that'd be great.

    27 Jul 11:56pm Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Someday Eros will have the same mythical status as the "It's Shoved" cover

    27 Jul 3:08am Reply
  • uranutan

    How has no one uploaded that Boris/Endon tape yet? ;__;

    23 Jul 4:03pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    A M P L I F I E R W O R S H I P

    22 Jul 6:24am Reply
  • Ganbou-Ki

    Heavy Rocks and Smile

    21 Jul 10:11pm Reply
  • SeizureSoldier

    What should I listen to next? I have listened to Feedbacker, Akuma no Uta and Pink.

    21 Jul 6:04pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    v das racis

    21 Jul 3:20am Reply
  • Rui_Casola

    Why I didn't start listening to these japs earlier is beyond me.

    20 Jul 7:56pm Reply
  • Wintersun767

    Hey, Does anybody knows where i can find Asia, Warpath and Urban Dance ?

    18 Jul 11:04am Reply
  • Kafkaekstase

    I really really REALLY love this Band.

    17 Jul 4:54pm Reply
  • Andaer

    Usually I would say bands should focus on creating music instead of designing merch. Alas, for Boris there is no trade-off.

    14 Jul 1:04pm Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    yea im poor so all i have is a broken russian muff, a rat and a ds-1

    10 Jul 7:10am Reply
  • hibernative

    or a Hoof.

    9 Jul 11:34am Reply
  • hibernative

    I'd probably rather get a Pharaoh or Witch Burner tbh.

    9 Jul 11:33am Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    I quite like it, I'm a big fan of super duper high gain pedals.

    8 Jul 7:59am Reply
  • hibernative

    Did you guys see the Wata signature fuzz pedal? Seems pretty cheesy.

    8 Jul 5:53am Reply
  • Lobsterdeth

    I dont know if anyone is still watching Ninja Slayer but episode 11 also had a new Boris ED.

    7 Jul 11:04pm Reply
  • legacystarship

    That Flood video makes me miss Michio...

    4 Jul 8:14pm Reply
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