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Boris – ‘W’

Sacred Bones
Sun O))), Sleep, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, My Bloody Valentine
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Sacred Bones
Post Rock/Ambient/Shoegaze/Drone

Boris are not a band that fits accepted norms and labels. For nearly 30 years they have been at the forefront of experimentation and composition in multiple genres, it’s fair to say the majority of their work has Sludge Metal at its core, but that’s about as much definition as you could possibly give. 2020 saw the band members enter isolation as the Pandemic swept across the globe; their response was the brutal and exhilarating “No”. A break from the longer works the they have crafted over the years, this album is short angry hardcore as a direct response to where they found themselves:

A mirror that gathers and reflects people’s negative energy at a different angle, one that is positive. That is the power and potential of the dark, extreme, and brutal noise music that we have experienced up to this point”

Latest album “W” may be seen as a cathartic sister piece, or possibly part two of a massively ambitious single project. What is certain though is that this is wildly different in pace and dynamics.

“No” is a work of dark energy and blistering noise, “W” is defined by silence and amorphous rhythm. It would be wrong to say it’s a “Soothing” record; “Drowning by Numbers” is deeply unsettling; “The Fallen” is the sort of chaotic Sludge Metal dirge that would fit well in a torture-porn horror film. Conversely, “Invitation” and “Beyond Good and Evil” are a surreal shaft of warm sunlight; Wata’s wispy and ethereal vocals drift and weave around simply beautiful Shoegaze inspired ambience.

You might be thinking this is the recipe for a confusing, or even confused body of work. It does have a few moments that’ll really take you off guard (I thought my stereo was broken at the end of “I Want to go…”), but it does stand as a testament to the band’s vision of a cohesive whole. And overall, it is a quite beautiful experience.

"It will never have mass appeal, but it is a sonic treat that fans will adore"

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