A collection of reviews for two new studio albums from Japanese rockers Boris.
There’s something adorable about Boris, the Japanese drone metal band. In addition to being perhaps the least-menacing metal act in history, Boris will do pretty much anything — pop, punk, psychedelic rock — sometimes all at once.
This includes releasing two albums at the same time: the thunder-fest “Heavy Rocks” (the second Boris album to be so named) and the more accessibly weird “Attention Please.”
The latter careens between sludgy disco, atmospheric experimental pop and shoe-gazing minimalism, with everything sung/cooed by guitarist Wata (Boris members use only one name), who previously hardly sang at all.
It’s whispery and psychedelic and subtle and not nearly as compelling as the lively, tripped-out “Heavy Rocks,” a scrum of distorto-metal, frantic punk, woeful ballads and Seattle-in-1991-style hard rock.