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BORIS has always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically and aesthetically. In keeping with that tradition, they again flip the script for the band’s first official release in three years by serving up their most all-encompassing effort to date. Noise is an amplification of BORIS’ endless pursuit of musical extremes while moving aggressive, intense rock into new ... Read more in Amazon's Boris Store

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  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B000VZ5SH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Feedbacker
2. Black Out
3. Evil Stack
4. Rainbow
Disc: 2
1. Pink
2. Woman on the Screen
3. Nothing Special
4. Ibitsu
5. A Bao a Qu
6. The Evilone Which Sobs
7. Flower Sun Rain
8. Just Abandoned My-self
9. Farewell

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hildreth on November 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Boris squeeze one more record in before the end of the year with this incredible 2-disc live set with Merzbow, brought to us by none other than the stoner-metal congress of death: Southern Lord Records. Boris, 3-piece from Japan, are to some legends...proof that this genre of music can be presented and imagined in new and engaging ways. Being an extremely prolific band, endlessly touring and releasing various limited edition and proper LPs (last year saw the release of over 4 Boris records) one would imagine that the overwhelming output could be too much or inevitably result in some filler, especially when it comes to a live show of older material. Not so! Boris keep it going at a furiously energetic pace with nearly everything they do and this live set, consisting of many beloved Boris "classics," is no exception. An added pleasure is that Masami Akita, AKA Merzbow "the god of noise" performs with the band adding deep textures and sound effects that further the heady psychedelic nature of the music. Seeing this record at the shop I thought a couple things: 1. I must buy it regardless of quality or low funds in my checking account because of the beautiful slip case packaging (designed by Stephen O'Malley) and because it is limited to only 5000 copies. 2. I was worried that the record would be a lame rehashing of old Boris tracks presented live with low quality. 3. My last concern was that Merzbow's contributions would be lost in the already dense mix of sound.

Well I was wrong. The old songs never sounded better, even to an old fan like myself. The intensity that is their live show truly comes through on the record (do yourself a favor and see this band live...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Parker on March 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Boris themselves have utterly left behind their Melvins trappings. They still riff loud and strong, and there is always a brilliant interlock between the guitars and drums. However, now it has such a panoramic spectrum of color to it. Instead of writing about every track, I'd like to discuss my favorite.

This howling groan-like din starts "The Evilone Which Sobs" running and doesn't let up through most of the track. The guitars strum single lines, leaving space, then heavy melancholy chords. Wata solos a bit, then the drums come crashing in. Truly one of the heaviest things I've ever heard. At times, when Merzbow's skronk changes in pitch, it truly seems like a palpable thing. Like something screaming, cursing the Universe itself for bringing it into being. I myself picture a death-shrouded figure standing in a wasteland, its' skull face howling. Forgive me if that sounds morbid. It's just the picture it put in my head. That is a sign of good music to me.

This is also a good album for those curious about Merzbow to check out. I owned about three of his CDs before getting this (so I have a bit of an ear for it), but he has a different approach with Boris. He knows when to assert himself and when to lie low. At times he is a howling counterpoint to the guitars, or a solo voice, sometimes bouncing around the edges of the mix like a skittering demon. At other times, he's down in the mix, shrieking away ominously. This is truly him playing cohesively with a group. And that's a hard thing for some noise artists to pull off. I would say this album is even a better collaboration than Merzbow's album with Sunn O))), "Flight of the Behemoth". That was basically him remixing and mutating Sunn O))) tracks.

Something should truly be said for the recording and engineering of this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Joseph on March 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Highest recommendation if you have headphones and time to dissect this difficult music. An array of microtonal sludge that takes patience and an in tune ear to fully comprehend. Definetely not for the casual music fan. An experience best appreciated with the lights low and the mind altered. Rock dream is a primal example of a Boris live show augmented by Merzbow's subtle sound gestures. A psychedelic haze of mind melting colors delivered through droning, pitch shifting feedback. Enjoy!
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Rock Dream is a live recording done with Merzbow producing some of the background sound effects that bassist Takeshi sometimes does while Wata plays her Les Paul on regular Boris releases. It's very Pink Floyd somewhat. The first CD starts off with a 35-minute version of Feedbacker, the 43-minute studio album. The long guitar intro is a bit different from the album, but after nine minutes it starts to sound familiar again as the brush drums start their light jazzy interlude. Going through all of the heavy interludes, it eventually fades out marvelously (albeit with some Merz-squeals), before the tunes pick up with the shatteringly loud, soaring "Black Out."

"Evil Stack" is just noise and squealing, but "Rainbow" and "Pink" are fantastic, sounding spotlessly perfect, even with the squealing. Later on there is a cool version of the gloomy "The Evil One Who Sobs," which becomes perfectly hellacious as it goes on and on.

My CD is the Southern Lord release, which has two picture sleeves (for the two CDs, a different picture on each of the four sides, one for each "member" of Boris/Merzbow). The lettering is cut out, and it shows the inside sleeve, you can pick your favourite but I would think that Wata looks the coolest (it's always like that, actually). The release is limited to 5,000 and Amazon was kind enough to send me number 4,985. Whew - lucky I ordered when I did!!!
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