Japanese doom pioneers Boris have announced digital and physical reissues of 1996’s ‘Absolutego’ and 1998’s ‘Amplifier Worship,’ both due November 13, 2020 via Third Man Records. This is the first time that either of these titles will be available on streaming services. Listen to Huge lifted from ‘Amplifier Worship’ via Bandcamp below.
Limited edition coloured vinyl (blood moon opaque red for ‘Absolutego,’ treefrog lime green for ‘Amplifier Worship’) will be available at select indie stores and TMR storefronts on release day.
Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like “explosive” and “thunderous” barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way.
Originally released in 1996, Boris’s 60-minute 13-second debut “single” ‘Absolutego’ will see an officially remastered reissue out on November 13, 2020 on Third Man Records. This reissue will include updated album art and full “one long song” spread across one and a half LPs, with 1997 recording Dronevil 2 filling out side D of the second LP, all fitting in a neatly packaged single-pocket LP jacket pressed at Third Man Pressing. This will also serve as Absolutego’s long-awaited debut across digital streaming services. ‘Absolutego’ is a trek over a staggering mountain of sound. The tension builds with wave after wave of massive feedback, drums leading into a crushing crescendo of full-band repetition and clarity before descending deeper until finally reaching a surreal divebomb purring drone finale. This song takes notes out of the Melvins playbook and pushes the sound to its absolute logical and visceral extreme. It sets a solid foundation for why Boris is considered to be one of the most important metal bands of the 21st century.
First released in 1998, catalog staple ‘Amplifier Worship’ will see a reissue (as well as its first-ever remaster) with minimalistic album art inspired by the first-press Japanese CD on November 13, 2020 via Third Man Records. The Stoughton gatefold jacket will house both officially remastered LPs, pressed at Third Man Pressing. This will also serve as Amplifier Worship’s long-awaited debut across digital streaming services. ‘Amplifier Worship’ is Boris’s most intense and unrelenting album to date. Not for the faint of heart, the group incorporates mythic doom-drones, up-tempo psych-sludge and even a refreshing ribbit into their signature concoction of celestial and heavy music. ‘AmplifierWorship’ is a critical chapter in the Boris canon. The album is a testament to the group’s bullishness in pushing metal to its uncomfortable and unfamiliar edges. And it is also undoubtedly one of their best.