Experimental Japanese metal trio Boris started with a bang on their lovably aggro 1996 debut album Absolutego, and theyíve been waging an all-out sonic assault on stereo speakers ever since. In two decades the band has released a whopping 23 albums, toured the world many times over, and become legendary for their face-melting live performances. In concert Boris is a tight-knit unit of sheer aural power, employing an arsenal of state-of-the-art effects pedals and coveted vintage amps to blast out a wild blend of sludge metal, noise rock, drone, ambient, shoegaze, and beyond. Their genre-devouring sound makes for an incredibly dynamic live show, and they never stay in one place for very longójust when you think theyíve settled into a groove, they defy expectations with an electrifying sonic non sequitur. Fans looking for a heavy-rocking avant-garde concert experience wonít want to miss Borisótheir hair is long, their musicianship is unassailable, and they bring a focused intensity to the stage that makes every show feel like a sacred metal ritual.
Boris formed in Tokyo in 1992 and cut their teeth in the Japanese hardcore punk scene before starting to incorporate elements of metal, noise rock, and experimental music into their ever-evolving sound. They self-released their 1996 debut album Absolutego on their label Fangs Anal Satan, and followed up with a string of appropriately titled albums like Amplifier Worship (1998), Heavy Rocks (2002), and Dronevil (2005). In 2005 they went from cult sensation to critical darlings with the release of Pink, an acclaimed album that landed on numerous year-end lists and earned them a strong international fanbase (SPIN, Blender, and Pitchfork all named it among the yearís best albums). Since then theyíve continued to impress critics while also achieving some commercial success with albums like 2011ís Attention Please, which cracked the Top 20 on Billboardís Heatseekers chart. The ever-prolific trio released three albums in 2015 alone, and they continue to blow minds every time they perform their singular brand of experimental metal in concert.