20 July 2008

Boris with Michio Kurihara - 2006 - Rainbow

Quality: 4.5 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4.5 out of 5

Boris is a top rate Japanese metal band with some pronounced noise rock, drone rock, and psychedelic flourishes. Michio Kurihara is the amazing, spaced-out guitarist from Japan's premier psych-proggers Ghost. Together, these two forces create some psychedelic nirvana. Boris gets the chance to aim their wall-of-noise at some top flight songs and cathedrals of sound while Kurihara-san end up with some musicians that promote the best out of his infinitely oscillating torrents of guitar noise without feeling the need to jam pedantically.

"Rafflesia" starts things out extremely strong with almost pained vocals placed upon a stately rhythm while Kurihara slowly but surely launches the song into orbit far above the outer reaches of your mind. "Starship Narrator" brings in the noise and ends up hitting right on an acid-rock sweet spot. Nevermind that the lyrics are all in Japanese. The understanding and appreciation of this music resides between the lines. Soon the album floats through the lattice of clouds that must be near the titular rainbow before slamming into the full-scale powerhouse "Sweet #1." Finally, we get the music box-esque lullaby of "..And I Want" to send us off calmly.

As far as neo-psych goes, this is some of the best we've gotten this decade. I caught the band with Michio Kurihara in tow a few weeks ago in Atlanta, and their stage show is not to be missed. As good as this, and some of the choicer other Boris albums are, the live rendition is a true narcotic. Still, Rainbow will get you most of the way there and it doesn't fail to shine with the light of true psychedelic creativity.

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Boris with Michio Kurihara - 2006 - Rainbow


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ufo said...

great psych site....keep up the good work!....thanks!

One Celled said...

Amoeba has some Boris archived that's worth a looksie


this album is incredible, just saw boris at the echo. A truly spectacular band to see live. absolutely brilliant. thanks for the post!

Rebento said...

Everthing in only 1 generation. - Tudo em 1 só geração.

O Maravilhoso Carpinteiro que se fez pecado no inferno é Completamente Benígno e está Justificado pelo o Deus Vivo Espírito Santo Marcele Castro Da Veiga, que o ressusitou dos espíritos mortos que estão nas profundezas da morte no abismo das trevas.

1. Em uma só geração induzidos ao erro os inocentes Eva e Adão caíram e morreram eternamente, mas.

2. Em uma só geração o Novo Adão Etéreo, resgatou do erro eterno, a Eva e a fez Nova e se levantaram.

3. Também em uma só geração no tempo final se Manifestou o Casamento Celestial Eterno, Uma Nova Terra/Céu/Cosmo Incorruptíveis são Confirmados para sempre, em Fiel Puro Amor, no Único Deus Vivo Espírito Santo da Justiça.

- http://wwwrebentocom.blogspot.com/2010/12/tudo-em-1-so-geracao.html

Anonymous said...

I bought this album a few years back and it sadly was lost that same summer due to hallucinogen abuse... All Tomorrows Parties 2010 (Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop, Sleep, Boris & Sunn, Michael Rother Hallogallo tour, Shellac, Bardo Pond... basically everybody minus The Elephant 6 Orchestra playing tuba with the kitchen sink. That was a great summer and I haven't heard the album since then, waaaah! I can't find a torrent for it anywhere and I really want to hear it again, and clues?

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