Boris, Torche, Endon

Photo by Miki Matsushima Boris


Sat., Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

The Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90026
Japanese trio Boris don’t write songs so much as they construct long, torturous structures of sludgy sound that collapse into slow-moving avalanches of noise. Dear, the 23rd studio album by the prolific experimental-metal band, is set in a barren landscape of sullen, ominous power chords that are crowned by vocals that seem as if they’re echoing from a faraway mountaintop. Guitarist/bassist Takeshi Ohtani, keyboardist/guitarist Wata and drummer Atsuo Mizuno split vocal duties; their singing is more of an atmospheric effect behind the lumbering, heavy riffs, although Wata’s occasional ethereal murmuring creates more of a dynamic contrast than her bandmates’ more guttural howling. “Absolutego” and “Deadsong” unwind with serpentine riffs that evoke slowed-down Black Sabbath or the cries of a mastodon mired in a tar pit.
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