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Amplifier Worship

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B000083MF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This Boris album is a great and lumbering beast. Sneering with rows of teeth, gleaming darkness in its eyes, about to devour the world you once thought was so safe.

It starts with the aptly titled "Huge". this song is nothing but, HUGE. Lacking a traditional song sturcture for the first 7 or 8 minutes, it just repeats a massive crushing riff, doubling over on itself, and just when you think "Hmmmm, a Sunn 0))) rip off" drums come pounding in at a snails pace. The space between the notes is what really grasps you on this tracks as chords ring, distorted and distended for moments on end....This is the genesis of the aformentioned beast. And a great intro to an enormous album. At 9 minutes you are feeling uncomfortable, dont worry, you are getting appropriately prepared for utter devastation.

Ganbou-Ki sets the tunes into action with an incredibly anguished howl and more downtuned lurching guitar and devastating drum and bass pummel before skirting off to the sides of your sanity with a heavy hypnotic bass section. This part of the song, long and unhurried, quiets down the immense pressure put on it, only to add pyschedelic feedback and tribal drumming, and a mounting tension that threatens the quiet security one might find in this piece....Warped guitar soloing enters after a period of almost tranquil and interminable quiet and the bass and drums begin setting the stage for a second pummeling. This track is 15 some-odd minutes long and by now you should understand whether or not you are ready to put up with this kind of self indulgent doom. If not, Bail NOW!. If you do have the patience, please continue for a sonic adventure sure to keep your ears ringing.
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Mr. MC Hood makes a lot of fine points and is quite right on a lot of them. This album is not perfect, the songs aren't perfect, and there are other suitable directions the production could've taken.

Not perfect but pretty close if you ask me. The band exhibits a rather wide range of styles on this album, discernable ones to my ears include hints of: Grief, Earth, MC5, the Stooges, Venom, Melvins, and some odd ambient yet melodic passages. I would say the band has their own style. They are indeed a drone band as Mr. Hood stated, songs are long and tend to 'drone'(ie: parts are repeated to the point of the listener zoning out). I think it's a great aspect of their music. At first I was a bit put off because to some it could easily be interpreted as boring. After repeated listens it became funny and very obviously done on purpose. When you first hear it happen on a song like Ganbow-Ki, the song moves along at a rockin pace then drops off with the bass and drummer by themselves. As you listen to it, it sounds like they are preparing for a guitar solo, or break, or bridge or something, ANYTHING but it doesn't come the beat just continues. A few things may come to mind: did they mess up and kept it on the final track? Is this some kind of joke where the actual break comes up when you don't suspect it? If the song drones on for any of these reasons I find it funny, but the song keeps going and I soon stop asking questions because I'm zoning out as I listen to it or I forget why I was asking questions in the first place. Much later the music resumes with a new intro and moves in another direction rather different from the way it began. edit: after another listen, this droning aspect isn't as endearing on the track 'Hama' but tolerable.
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This is probably my favorite Boris album. This is an experimental metal band with a wide range of album styles and some almost contradictory: pop vs drone. Boris is collection of true artist who experiment and push the edge. They are also fantastic live. I highly recommend this album as your first Boris purchase.
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By A Customer on March 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album SHOULD be godlike. In fact it is. However, the pressing on Southern Lord has 2 second gaps between all the songs, and the entire cd is supposed to flow together. Therefore, you get nasty annoying 2 second interuptions that jar you out of the trance into which this is meant to put you. Seek out the import or wait for a 2nd Souther Lord pressing. Pity that once we finally get this at a non-import price it has to be flawed.
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Never have I come across an album with such a wonderfully accurate title. "Amplifier Worship" is a wondrous, mind-numbing onslaught of guitar tone at its most heavy. It is also a complex and very progressive album, and this is what separates Boris from the rest of the doom/drone/stoner field - their ability to utilise extreme doom and drone amidst various contrasting genres.

The bookends to the album, "Huge" and "Vomitself" are pure unabashed outings into heaviness - the former is an abrasive and threatening opening, fully equipped with lumbering doom grooves, shrieked vocals and slogging drone blasts. The counterpart bookend "Vomitself" is 17 minutes of classic drone a la Earth and Sunn O))), equally otherworldly and epic. The middle section of "Amplifier Worship" makes for a more varied and eclectic listen. "Ganbou-Ki" starts in a similar vein to "Huge" but a sudden tempo change breakdown cuts in and shifts the atmosphere completely. The song grooves and drifts into a base-lead march with hypnotic ambience, tribal drumming and atmospheric guitar antics. "Hama" starts with energetic punk rock then breaks down with a very retro 70s stoner rock groove. "Kuruimizu" fashions a brooding finale, sounding part ambient and part post-rock with down tempo, gentle and trippy guitar layering. These songs are superbly varied, showcasing a band in full control shifting genres, tempos and dynamics with ease.

Fans of stoner/doom/drone will find much joy here. "Amplifier Worship" is on of the sheer heaviest albums I have ever heard, but also one of the most compelling and perfectly experimental. Highly recommended for fans of this sound and style or just those wanting something heavy with a twist.
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