Boris, the Atlas Moth, Sub Rosa | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Boris, the Atlas Moth, Sub Rosa Recommended Member Picks 17+ Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sun., Aug. 10, 8 p.m. 2014

Japanese heavy-metal trio Boris have taken on a lot of forms in their two decades of existence: They’ve played tectonic doom, heavy psych, raucous thrash, tough-as-nails hard rock, and wall-of-sound shoegaze, to name a few. They teamed up with drone duo Sunn O))) for the experimental 2006 collaboration Altar; they toyed with J-pop on 2011’s New Album; they went full-on stoner boogie for the two Heavy Rocks records, in 2002 and 2011; and they added Ghost guitarist Michio Kurihara to their lineup for 2006’s hazy and shreddy Rainbow. On this year’s Noise (Sargent House), Boris seamlessly merge all their past identities into a streamlined metal-pop hybrid with a sound that’s completely, uniquely their own. They pay a great deal of attention to stellar melodies on Noise, but they’re still a metal band, so they deliver them with pummeling ferocity: “Heavy Rain” is massive, disjointed sludge topped with sweet, dreamy vocals from guitarist Wata; “Quicksilver” is a ten-minute exercise in west-coast melodic hardcore; and “Taiyo No Baka” is crunchy pop rock, complete with trebly palm-muted guitar and radio-ready whoa-ohs. No matter what subset of their massive catalog Boris tackle onstage, they have the presence of towering deities, backed up with mountains of amplifiers—their shows are always otherworldly, skull-rattling experiences. —Luca Cimarusti

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