"New Album" (Tearbridge; 2011)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

What can I say about Boris? Well, they are a Japanese experimental band. They combine elements of J-Pop (Japanese pop music) with industrial music. It might not be everybody's favorite flavor but I guarantee a listen through this disc and you'll find something to like. The really cool thing about this disc is that it's only one of three the band released throughout 2011. The first is "New Album," then came "Heavy Rocks" and finally "Attention Please." I would review each one of those discs, but it would just be the same review three times in a row.

You might read about their style as "heavy music" -- now, I know that J-Pop could never be defined as heavy music because the eastern and western styles don't pull from the same dictionary. Although Boris has been, for the past two decades, on the forefront of combining dance music with heavy guitar, they also use elements of industrial music to keep their songs full of structure. Some songs are sung in English and others are in Japanese. When the J-Pop sound is prevalent there is more ambient music. You can tell one track from the next and when a gritty riffs starts. It's worth the listen.

Boris is: Takeshi, Wata and Atsuo.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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