Issue December 1, 2009

Japanese Heavy Rock Hits

Boris
SOUTHERN LORD

This constantly experimenting Japanese heavy rock outfit has logged more than 20 releases since 1996, gaining attention after 2001 with a series of reissues by Southern Lord. Presently, their kick-ass image — Asian take on goth-meets-metal, triumphant posings with huge, double-necked guitars — is heavier than the music. That’s not a complaint: Their sound is alien yet familiar and covers diverse territory, from danceable metal hooks to chill meandering to intense, angsty shredding. This release consists of a series of three, two-song 7-inch 45s. The six sides spun are nothing if not interesting; the first track will startle you out of your seat at about 1:35, and you’ll not often hear a song like “Heavy Metal Addict,” complete with industrial processing, wailing guitar solos and a good dose of hand-clapping. Not to be missed, especially if you’re into collecting eccentric music on wax.