Boris, 'Heavy Rocks' (Sargent House)

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Heavy Rocks
Critical Mass
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Sargent House

by christopherschultz

Veteran Japanese voyagers Boris never met a subgenre they couldn't blow out. And Heavy Rocks is a monolithic take on everything from trippy Funkadelic acid sludge to galloping Blue Öyster pöp to lightning-riding '80s thrash; yet it all billows fluffily from the same dreamy doom factory they constructed on 2005's Pink. Farther into the cosmos is sister record Attention Please, the least "metal" thing the band have released to date, which focuses on icy rhythms and smoky moods, as if they're slinking up alongside the xx. Guitarist Wata caresses the mic on nine tracks, steering her bandmates from brackish Casio swoon to glitterball trance to euphorically raging rock.

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