I had read that this was a good album, it got good reviews. I liked the title and the band name and the comparisons to Sunn O))). I wrote it down so that I would give it a listen in the record store a few months ago, but never got around to it. I have aged in the last few years and my tolerance for loud, fast music has started to wane. I really liked the Sunn O))) "Black One" record because it felt like metal, but without the drums. I have loved music that drones since I have discovered it. Sunn O))) is fun because it drones and has a quality of evil to it that is missing in rock music. I kind of thought that Boris was going to sound a lot like "Black One."
A couple of weeks ago I heard a track on KUSF, I think it must have been "just abandoned my-self" and was really impressed. It seemed like it played for about 20 minutes and I just kept listening. I was suprised I didn't change the channel. Luckily, they announced the band at the end of the song and I decided I was just going to get the CD.
The CD arrived and I was immediately impressed by the cover art. There are three pieces of beautiful blotter paper, one is a partial Bosch painting. I put the CD in the stereo and the first song, "Farewell" was totally different from what I expected. It is like the best shoegazer song you have ever heard. It sounded so good on the stereo that after about half of the song I turned it off and decided I was going to save this album for a time when I could actually sit and listen, it was that great. Last week I went camping and brought a crappy CD walkman, this album filled my evening in the pitch black. I haven't felt this excited about a rock band in a while. Boris in some ways are traditional hard rock, but so much better than anything else I have heard in years in this genre. After hearing "Farewell" which is just a beautiful track, I was expecting more of this, but the album rolls right into some heavy music with the next track "Pink." While this is pretty heavy and can probably pull a lot of energy out, it is also just as suitable as headphone music to zone out with. As I listened to the album, there were times I wanted to break out and bang my head (well, sort of), I was happy just listening to the variety of tones this group can pull out. The drums are fantastic. "Electric" even has a fun high-hat, nearly disco thing going on amidst a whirl of electric guitar. While, the Sunn O))) influence is present, it's not really near that. "blackout" is probably one of the best droning on songs I have ever heard. I was actually thinking more along the lines of every great rock band's best material all mixed up. I remember the first time I heard Jane's Addictions first "live" album and I can't even say that JA were this good. I was also thinking of Smashing Pumpkins very best heavy music, but without the cheese. I could also make comparisons to Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth, etc. This is better, at least it is at the moment (it's still new). I am looking forward to the Sunn O)))/Boris collaboration coming out soon. My only fault with this album that is I do believe it is so good, it deserves to be listened to very loudly, on very good stereo equipment with no other distractions, which might mean it isn't going to get listened to very often. But then I guess that is what makes it special. I would hate for any of these songs to be overplayed on the radio, not that I see that happening, it's too good for radio. Looking forward to seeing this band live and have a feeling they are probably not going to let anyone down.