Review: Boris – Heavy Rocks

Rated:

4/5

Not to be confused with their classic 2002 album, Heavy Rocks, the latest missive from Japanese face-melters Boris reportedly shares the same name (and similar cover art) because the band wants to “redefine” heavy music this time out. Inscrutable concept aside, the new Heavy Rocks doesn’t so much redefine heavy music as reconsolidate all the things fans already love about Boris. Tracks like “Galaxians,” “Window Shopping,” “Aileron,” and the Ian Astbury-assisted “Riot Sugar” are filled with wailing wah-wah leads, armor-piercing fuzz, thundering drums, and dreamy vocals, all delivered with a dynamic that’s less soft/loud than ethereal/assaultive. DAN EPSTEIN

Check out “Riot Sugar” from Heavy Rocks below: