Boris Return to Sludge Roots in “Absolutego”
For 25 years Boris have refused to be classified. The band has changed and evolved in ways most only dream of doing and their expansive catalog has always pushed the boundaries of what people would consider possible in metal, which is hard to do in a genre that’s already so extreme.
It’s been approximately two years since the band released anything, a triple album release back in 2015, experimenting in avenues of post-rock and noise/drone. Their upcoming album Dear seems to bring back some of their some sludgier roots, though, at least if their debut track “Absolutego” is any indicator.
Slow and muddy, the song is a churning amalgamation of inspiration taken from an entire scene. Part Kylesa, part Melvins, part Neurosis, but somehow still all Boris. The song features some prominent riffage, dark atmosphere, and a solo that fits the mood and feel of the song’s overwhelming sense of swampy emergence.
“Absolutego” might share a name with their debut album from ’96, but that’s the only similarity; it’s an entirely different beast. Check it out below and look for their new album, Dear, to be available on CD, digital, and 2xLP on August 14th via Sargent House.