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Akuma No Uta

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Introduction
9:41
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Ibitsu
3:21
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Furi
3:19
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Naki Kyoku
12:13  
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Ano Onna No Onryou
6:28
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Akuma No Uta
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 39:02

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04.22.11
Boris, Akuma No Uta
Label: Southern Lord

The cover art may ape Nick Drake, but the closest Japanese metal trio Boris comes to a ballad is the blank space between the songs. A grim, harrowing descent into darkness, Akuma No Uta takes the pitch-black witch rock of early Sabbath and delivers it with an eye-popping fury. But even though the songs are moving at a breakneck pace, they still sound gloriously waterlogged. The guitar tone on "Ibitsu" is so low it threatens… read more »

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play akuma no uta at my burial

kraptasticmrcat

my only wish for eternity is for this song to be played so loud at such time when anyone tries to play anything by hank williams jr. so as to drown-out the utter waste of existence said jr. has inflicted on mankind. BORIS ANNIHILATES HANK WILLIAMS, JR.

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Thank you Boris!

suds

Was so happy to find this band on emusic. Love what they have done with an old sound to make it their own. Some great moments here. Check out their album Pink for more ear bleeding speed fuzz.

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Not as good as "Pink"

Alibi

Not quite as good as their most critically lauded album, but it rocks just as hard, and I hear they did the entire album in one take. That's talent.

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Good God!

e-strings

Everytime I think I have stumbled onto some some honest-to-god american trailblazers, I discover some japanese band that was doing it first, doing it better, responsible for creating it altogether...I thought Mike Patton was taking a huge leap with Fantomas, and then I heard the Ruins (absolute favorite japanese band). Bands Like the locust and Art Brute stake claims on primitive noise, but the Boredomes did it first, and with more open-ended creativity. Boris may have come post-Melvins, but they replace the irony and attitude of the Melvins with a serious ingenuity. Don't get me wrong, those early Melvins albums were some of the most staggering musical experiences I've ever had, and I'm willing to bet this how Boris feels, too...but up until now, there was nothing to compare those early melvins albums to...I credit the Japanese for "aping" American culture, because they aren't really aping it, but appropriating it for their own ends....the results are always interesting.

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Wow!!!

Gonsiska

The first track is a bit annoying, 9 minutes of really nothing, but from then is this CD will tear your head off. Heavy and raw. Great stuff, if you dig Atomic Bitchwax, this is right up your alley.

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Stay Away From The Teriyaki Flavored Acid!

Shugooch

Boris rules. Don't be fooled by the Nick Drake parody cover art. This is full-on, acid-fueld rock. Overdriven and fuzzed out in parts, psychedelic and ambient in others. They are definitely not another Japanese band aping Western rock and roll. This is it's own animal. Take a trip if you dare.

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between heavy rocks and flood

ketval

The best of Boris condensed into 6 parts. Combines the manic guitars of Heavy Rocks and Amplifier Worship with the massive, heavy gravity drone of At Last and Dronevil.

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blue cheer resurrected!

OkraCola

leave it to time to raise the dead.

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Easily identifiable by its rather clever, Nick Drake/Bryter Layter-inspired cover art, Boris’ Akuma No Uta in many ways offers a back-to-front cross-section of the Japanese trio’s entire career, in all of its many stylistic varieties. Both the nine-minute, molten lava introduction and the closing title track delve in ambient drone tendencies (reminiscent of Earth and label mates Sunn 0)))), while a pair of comparatively brief submissions — “Ibitsu” and “Furi” — offer succinct, rudely distorted acid garage psych (think the Stooges, only cruder and heavier, or Spine of God-era Monster Magnet, but more energetic). As for the mid-album piece de resistance, “Naki Kyoku,” it takes all of 12 minutes to carry out a gradual crescendo: from its mildly psychedelic, oddly “Freebird”-esque beginnings, through an extended mid-section offsetting equal parts guitar soloing and vocal chanting with fluid bass twiddling over ambient space rock sound effects, before finally arriving at a suitably shuddering sonic earthquake with its feedback-laced finale that’s fit to level Tokyo. Standing out negatively amid all of this is the loose and unfocused, mid-paced jam number “Ano Onna No Onryou,” which comes off both overlong and uninspired by comparison. Still, five winners out of six attempts is nothing to wrinkle your nose at, making Akuma No Uta almost guaranteed to please both longtime Boris aficionados and newcomers looking to sample a good summary of their talents. – Eduardo Rivadavia

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