The Japanese trio known as Boris return with another sludge-ridden assault on our sense with Pink, their follow-up to 2005's Akuma No Uta. If you are not familiar with the magic of Boris, shame on you, you are missing out on some unique sounds to say the least. To call Boris stoner or doom is not really doing the band justice, and while their music heavily reeks of the atmosphere and doom laden guitar dirges that the stoner genre is famous for, the bands music also has a heavy psychedelic edge, as well as experimental and punk influences as well.
The opening near 8-minute "Farewell" is an intoxicating slice of droning and psychedelic bombast, with fuzzed out guitars, creepy electronics, and lulling vocals, which then segues into the upbeat and metallic of the title track, complete with fiery wah-wah guitar histrionics, Keith Moon styled drum freakouts, and angry vocals. The distortion and feedback laden "Women on the Screen" is as manic as any classic punk song from the late 70's, while "Blackout" is crushing, apocalyptic doom, with slow and massive guitar dirges, feedback, and pounding drums. Visions of Blue Cheer appear on the grinding and bloated fuzz-blues of "Afterburner" (love those beefy guitar and bass tones guys-HUGE!) while the ending 18-minute epic "Just Abandoned My Self" is a crazed melting pot of cacophony and distorted guitar and bass soundscapes, or noise for lack of a better term. Think Robert Fripp's "Frippertronics" on acid, and well, you get the picture.
If you haven't yet checked out Boris, you are missing out on one of Southern Lord's best acts. Check Pink out and see what all the fuss is about. You'll be glad you did.
3) Women on the Screen
4) Nothing Special
9) Six, Three Times
10) My Machine
11) Just Abandoned My Self