BORIS – Heavy Rocks (2022)

Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: August 12, 2022

From the label: “The legendary BORIS celebrate a 30 year career as one of experimental music’s most
forward-thinking, heavy, and innovative bands with the new album Heavy Rocks (2022).” This the third in the series of Heavy Rocks records which takes on ’70s rock and avant-garde, experimental, proto-metal screwballs. Seriously, when does this band sleep? They’ve released 28(!!!) records.

Lead-off banger She is Burning is rife with bare-chested rock tropes like fuzzy guitars, trills played like they’re going out of style, farted up two-beats, sloppy melody delivery and string bending. The punk, raucous My Name is Blank proves BORIS are heavier than ever before. Blah, Blah, Blah is more experimental featuring hypnotic, repetitive drums and wild improvisations, allowing BORIS to glow in a demonic black light. Question 1 is plenty sludgy and demands to be blasted at full volume. Nosferatou is another curveball that showcases the band’s drone side. Feedback squalls of guitars play while drums skitter in the background. To this they add more saxophone and ghostly moans. It gets loud and doomy at one point before ending in drone territory with saxophone. Finally, the industrial Ghostly Imagination has blast beats and just goes fast, until it’s a doomy breakdown, for a few seconds, before upping the speed and finishing in the red.

Heavy Rocks (2022) is experimental and maybe not the first BORIS record you should listen to but it’s a wild and worthwhile ride.

Not a GMR artist!

Listen to: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8

FCC: Clean

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