BORIS @ The El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles (8/27/10)

Last night, Japan’s BORIS polluted Los Angeles with their sweet, amplified, audial nectar. Playing to a packed El Rey Theatre, the band showcased songs from their recently released 7″ series Japanese Heavy Rock Hits. The set also included some of their usual winners… “Farewell,” “Pink,” “1970“, “A Bao a Qu,” “Rainbow” with Wata on vocals, etc.

Distortion was at deliciously high volume, though better, sound-wise, from the back of the venue. Up front, house right (where I was) was overpowered by Michio Kurihara‘s guitars providing an unfortunately unbalanced mix of BORIS‘ wall-of-sound.

The band closed with the almost 20 minute “Untitled” track off their latest full-length of new material, Smile. The house lights came on during the epic, but the band played on… and loudly.

Check out some snapshots from the show…

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BORIS‘ tour ends tonight after they play The Glass House in Pomona. Then they will head to New York for the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival where they and SUNN O))) will be performing their Altar album in its entirety, and again at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on September 7th. (which I, @roycifer, will be in attendance).

Southern Lord to Release BXI, a Collaboration between BORIS and Ian Astbury

A previously cryptic press release has been revealed to be a unique collaboration between BORIS and Ian Astbury of THE CULT and THE DOORS. The team has recorded a four-song EP, entitled BXI, which consists of three original songs and a cover of THE CULT‘s “Rain,” with BORIS guitarist, Wata, on vocals. The effort was tracked and mixed in Tokyo in late April. Southern Lord will be releasing BXI this September on CD, LP, and digital formats.

Head over to Pitchfork to read an interview with BORIS drummer, Atsuo, about BXI:

BXI tracklist:
1. “Teeth and Claws
2. “We are the Witches
3. “Rain
4. “Magickal Child

BORIS, who will be touring North America this summer, were joined by Astbury on stage this past weekend at Australia’s Vivid LIVE, performing material from the EP and covering THE DOORS‘ “The End“.

Japan’s BORIS to Return to North America for Summer Tour

Japan’s architects of drone and balls-heavy psychedelic, post-doom rock, BORIS, have announced their return to North America by way of a summer tour that will last from the end of July through the month of August.  The opening leg will feature support from RUSSIAN CIRCLES and the second leg will feature RED SPARROWES.  The tour will conclude with a very special appearance at the third annual All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in upstate New York.  SUNN O))) will be joining BORIS for a very special performance of their 2006 Altar album in its entirety!

7/24/2010 The Casbah – San Diego, CA
7/25/2010 Plush – Tucson, AZ
7/27/2010 The Loft @ Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
7/28/2010 The Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
7/30/2010 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
7/31/2010 The Engine Room – Tallahassee, FL w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/01/2010 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/02/2010 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/03/2010 930 Club – Washington DC w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/04/2010 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/07/2010 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES, CAVE IN
8/08/2010 Le Tulipe – Montreal, QC w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/09/2010 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/10/2010 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/11/2010 Southgate House – Newport, KY w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/13/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/14/2010 Firebird – St. Louis, MO w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/15/2010 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/16/2010 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO w/ RED SPARROWES
8/17/2010 *TBA – Salt Lake City, UT w/ RED SPARROWES
8/19/2010 Republik – Calgary, AB w/ RED SPARROWES
8/20/2010 The Starlite – Edmonton, AB w/ RED SPARROWES
8/22/2010 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ RED SPARROWES
8/23/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA w/ RED SPARROWES
8/24/2010 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR w/ RED SPARROWES
8/26/2010 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ RED SPARROWES
8/27/2010 El Rey – Los Angeles, CA w/ RED SPARROWES
8/28/2010 The Glass House – Pomona, CA w/ RED SPARROWES
9/05/2010 Kutsher’s Country Club – Monticello, NY @ ATP Fest – “Altar set” w/ SUNN O)))

Also, as a tour of this length might suggest, there is indeed new BORIS material coming down the pipeline.  Details to come.


Kicking off this April and following their highly anticipated split release with BORIS, Miami’s TORCHE have just announced a month-long US tour supporting COHEED AND CAMBRIA and CIRCA SURVIVE. The tour will span both coasts, travel throughout the Midwest, and also head to select cities in the Great White North.

In addition, TORCHE has announced a series of regional dates beginning in March, taking the band to this year’s Harvest of Hope Festival in Northern Florida, and the SXSW marathon in Austin, TX.

Watch TORCHE‘s “King Beef” video below:

Tour dates:
3/12 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
3/13 Elkton, FL @ St. Johns County Fairgrounds (Harvest of Hope Fest)
3/14 Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s
3/16 New Orleans, LA @ The Den w/ NEBULA, MARGOT, CARUSELLA
3/17 Austin, TX @ Emo’s (Brooklyn Vegan Day Party)
3/18 Austin, TX @ Emo’s (The Agency Group Showcase @ SXSW)
3/18 Austin, TX @ Beerland w/ FUCKED UP, MOMENT TRIGGER
3/19 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
3/20 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe w/ LEGION

04/22/10 Charlotte , NC. @ The Fillmore Charlotte
04/23/10 Atlanta , GA. @ Tabernacle
04/24/10 Lake Buena Vista , FL. @ House of Blues (Orlando)
04/25/10 Lauderdale , FL. @ Revolution
04/27/10 Houston , TX. @ Warehouse Live
04/28/10 Austin , TX. @ Stubb’s BBQ
04/29/10 Dallas , TX. @ Palladium Ballroom
04/30/10 Tulsa , OK. @ Cain’s Ballroom
05/01/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
05/03/10 Tempe , AZ. @ Marquee Theatre
05/04/10 Pomona , CA. @ The Fox Theatre
05/05/10 San Francisco , CA. @ The Warfield
05/07/10 Portland , OR. @ Roseland Theater
05/08/10 Seattle , WA. @ Showbox SoDo
05/10/10 Murray , UT. @ Murray Theater
05/11/10 Denver , CO. @ Ogden Theatre
05/13/10 Minneapolis , MN. @ First Avenue
05/14/10 Chicago , IL. @ Congress Theatre
05/15/10 Royal Oak , MI. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/17/10 Boston , MA. @ House of Blues
05/18/10 @ Montreal , QC. Metropolis
05/19/10 Toronto , ON. @ The Sound Academy
05/22/10 Philadelphia , PA. @ The Electric Factory
05/26/10 New York , NY. @ Rumsey Playfield
05/27/10 Washington , DC. @ 9:30 Club
05/28/10 Washington , DC. @ 9:30 Club
07/31/10 Chicago , IL. @ Subterranean

Southern Lord to Release BORIS 7″ Vinyl Series of New Material

BORIS is set to release a new 7″ series called Japanese Heavy Rock Hits. The series features three vinyl 7″s to be released over the next three months exclusively through Southern Lord.

Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 1
Side A: “8
Side B: “Hey Everyone

Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 2
Side A: “H.M.A. – Heavy Metal Addict
Side B: “Black Original

Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 3
Side A: “16:47:52…
Side B: “..and Hear Nothing

The Japanese experimental outfit recently released a pair of split recordings and previously released another trio of 7″s called The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked.

Also, BORIS will be making their only U.S. performance of the year at this weekend’s All Tomorrows Party festival in New York. They will be performing on Sunday, September 13th and will perform Feedbacker in its entirety. Also performing at the festival are THE FLAMING LIPS, BORDEMS, MELVINS, CARIBOU, CRYSTAL CASTLES, and many more.

BORIS: Splits with 9DW and TORCHE Out in August

Japan’s BORIS have two separate splits scheduled for release in August. The first is a split CD with TORCHE, called Chapter Ahead Being Fake, on Daymare Recordings. The second is with 9DW, called Golden Dance Classics, via Catune. Golden Dance Classics will be released as a 12″ vinyl as well as on CD. Both splits will be out August 18th. Track listings are as follows:

TORCHE/BORISChapter Ahead Being Fake
1. “King Beef” (TORCHE)
2. “Luna” (BORIS)

9DW/BORISGolden Dance Classics
1. “Stingray” (9DW)
2. “Spice” (9DW)
3. “Akirame Flower” (BORIS)
4. “Tokyo Wonder Land” (BORIS)

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2008

We finally got off our asses and did it.  It’s already the year 2009, but we’ve complied a list of our top albums of 2008.  Compiling such a list is never easy, and 2008 was no exception.  Maybe it was a lack of albums that really stood out, or maybe we just weren’t paying enough attention.  Regardless, we took a quick look back on the metal albums we felt were notable in 2008.
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Once a cult name in the doom scene, now becoming a household name… Japan’s BORIS just keep expanding their horizons and cementing their name into music on all levels. The outfit will once again traverse the Pacific to grace North America with their parameter-free rock experimentation, this time alongside NINE INCH NAILS. The tour will hit several Canadian cities and travel down through the Midwest over two weeks, with two Boris-only headlining shows in the mix.

This news comes immediately after BORIS‘ monolithic headlining appearance at the East Village Radio Festival at Manhattan’s South Street Seaport this month (see the full photo set here:, as well as their most recent monumental headlining North American tour on their latest album Smile (review), the album that has set the band up as superstars in the press, radio, video and all forms of music media.

11/11/2008 Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON
11/12/2008 Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
11/13/2008 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON (*BORIS HEADLINE – NO NIN)
11/14/2008 Copps Coliseum – Hamilton, ON
11/15/2008 Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI
11/16/2008 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH (*BORIS HEADLINE – NO NIN)
11/17/2008 Schottenstein Center – Columbus, OH
11/18/2008 Allen County Memorial – Fort Wayne, IN
11/20/2008 US Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
11/21/2008 Mizzou Arena – Columbia, MO
11/22/2008 BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
11/25/2008 Target Center – Minneapolis, MN
11/26/2008 Mid-America Center – Council Bluffs, IA

BORIS – Smile

Japanese sound-shapers BORIS have been twisting evil waveforms since the early nineties. Each body of work yields an unpredictable yet always artful musical outing. Smile, the band’s latest offers a range of sounds from their high-voltage, psychedelic rock ‘n roll to their spaced-out, ambient, drone rock.  The album has been released in two versions differing primarily in mix (but also song titles, track order, and artwork).  The U.S. version (which will be the focus of this review) was mixed by the band themselves, while the Japanese version was mixed by You Ishihara (THE STARS, ex-WHITE HEAVEN), which the band entrusted with creative freedom in the mix-down process.  To note, the U.S. version’s mix showcases a relatively more straight-ahead sound, whereas the Japanese version is more experimental.  Smile kicks off with an excellent cover of PYG‘s “Flower Sun Rain,” a ballad-esque track with a remarkably memorable verse melody.  The following three tracks smoke with hefty, driving rock ‘n roll akin to work on their albums, Pink and Heavy Rock.  Characterized by mega distortion and super-high gain guitars, these tracks are nestled in the “most accessible” category.  The rest of the album transitions to spacier, drone-friendly territory.  “My Neighbor Satan” is a winning shoegazer track, though it’s not devoid of heavy guitars and noise.  “KA RE HA TE TA SA KI-No Ones Grieve” (a reprise of the track originally released on The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 2), “You Were Holding an Umbrella,” and the untitled closing track are lengthy drone jams that are somewhat difficult to evaluate due to their sometimes aimless “whatever goes” approach.  For a band who pride themselves on steering clear of stylistic expectations, BORIS have, for the first time, assembled an album of various styles on a single album.  Past recordings all showcased a very focus and cohesive approach, be it rock versus drone or intense versus mellow.  This time, BORIS have given everyone something to smile about. (Southern Lord)

BORIS U.S. Tour Updates

The previously announced BORIS North American tour beginning in June has been updated. The full routing is below. TORCHE will be supporting BORIS on dates, but WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have since dropped from the tour. Just added this week, NACHTMYSTIUM will join the tour from July 12th through 20th, and LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR from July 22nd through August 3rd.

06/24/2008 Casbah – San Diego, CA
06/25/2008 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
06/27/2008 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
06/28/2008 The Mohawk – Austin, TX
06/29/2008 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
07/01/2008 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
07/02/2008 Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL
07/03/2008 The Social – Orlando, FL
07/05/2008 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
07/06/2008 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
07/08/2008 Black Cat – Washington, DC
07/09/2008 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
07/10/2008 Webster Hall – New York, NY
07/11/2008 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA

07/12/2008 La Sala Rosa – Montreal, QC
07/13/2008 Barrymore – Ottawa, ON
07/14/2008 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
07/15/2008 Tralf – Buffalo, NY
07/16/2008 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
07/17/2008 Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
07/18/2008 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
07/19/2008 Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
07/20/2008 Pitchfork Music Festival / Union Park – Chicago, IL

07/22/2008 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
07/23/2008 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
07/25/2008 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
07/26/2008 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
07/29/2008 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
07/30/2008 Vancouver, BC, Canada
07/31/2008 Thu Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
08/02/2008 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
08/03/2008 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex