Boris – Heavy Rocks (Sargeant House Records)

Heavy Rock seems like Boris’ attempt to confuse as many people as possible. First, it’s being released the same day as another Boris album,  Attention Please (which I prefer) guaranteeing that less people will hear it. Second, Boris already released an album titled Heavy Rocks in 2002. You could also confuse it with the band’s excellent Japanese Heavy Rock Hits vinyl single series (which I was hoping Heavy Rocks would be a collection of). The music itself is pretty confusing too. The album begins with a Sabbath-y psych-metal stomper called “Riot Sugar” (featuring Ian Astbury on  backing vocals) but then an identity crisis ensues. Just who are Boris on this album? Are they Dinosaur Jr.-esque guitar manglers heard on the quizically titled “Leak-Truth,yesnoyesnoyes-“? Are they the manic thrash titans heard on  “GALAXIANS” (yes, all capital letters) and the 90-second gonzo Bay Area speed blitz of “Czechoslovakia”? Are they purveyors of lengthy drone-rock as heard on the lengthy songs “Missing Pieces” and “Aileron” (which, in keeping with the theme of confusion, is also the title of a completely unrelated song on Attention Please)? Or are they all of these things, and don’t care about making an album that sounds unified? Perhaps the answer lies in the song “Window Shopping”, which combines ripping Melvins-esque grunge with answering machine messages and a chorus of Wata singing “Doo-Doot-Doo”? Then again, perhaps there is no answer.


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