Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 9, 2010

words by BBG, photos by Greg Cristman

Boris

I don't know where you were on Friday night, but if it wasn't at the sold-out Boris and Torche show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, I feel bad for you....

Torche's set was great. Melodic doom? If I had to guess, I'd say Torche might be the heaviest band playing in standard tuning. And if that's not standard tuning [ED: it definitely isn't], these guys play a lot of happy chords, but can still run a nasty bass line underneath for a giant cosmic explosion at the end. I'm not sure if a lot of bands not Boris ever used Boris' equipment, but Torche was allowed and it sounded great. My one complaint was the music could stand on its own without singing, maybe even profit from less.

Boris opened with "Farewell." The set was up and down in terms of slow beautiful Boris songs to fast crazy-as-hell Boris songs. I think sometimes the audience wanted more of the latter, but "Rainbow" with hired gun Michio Kurihara's guitar shredding and Wata's "16:47:52" were highlights for me. I was standing near Wata because I'm in love with her. She's so serious! I've seen Boris plenty of times and for some reason I always describe the sets as a lot of fun and Boris is not like U.S. metal bands-the members actually have a lot of fun. I don't know why I say these things because Wata, Michio and Takeshi are expressionless. Japanese metal stoicism?...

...When I see Boris play, I'm embarrassed for the entire U.S. metal scene. -[NY Press]

If there is a US band that the diametric opposite of humorless/boring on stage, it's the touring-as-a-four-piece (do I smell a trend?) Torche. The Florida band supported Boris and Russian Circles at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (8/6) as part of the ongoing Blackened Music series - one of three killer metal shows going on that night: Cynic, Intronaut, and Dysrhythmia played Bowery Ballroom, and a later afterparty of Keelhaul/My America shindig at Acheron was a similary good time. The MHOW show doubled as a coming out party for the oft-delayed Boris/Torche split, out now on the venerable Hydra Head Recordings.

Boris will be back in NYC in a month, but this time with sunn o))) and performing Altar at BMT (tickets) in it's entirety (which they'll also do at ATP NY).

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Comments (22)

"I'd say Torche might be the heaviest band playing in standard tuning."

No way. Perhaps Salome? Akimbo?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 11:30 AM

Amazing show! can't for the Masonic Temple show with Sunn O)))

By the way, Russian Circles recently had a bunch of their shit destroyed in a van crash, including David's amazing vintage Gretsch drum kit. That really sucks

http://russiancircles.tumblr.com/post/894580149/nothing-like-buying-a-new-van-and-having-it

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 11:39 AM

this show was so fucking awesome... best boris show i have seen so far... see you guys in a few weeks at the temple...

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 11:40 AM

i think they get better every time i see them

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 11:44 AM

killer show
it's too bad Shellac is playin the same night as the Masonic Temple show...

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 11:47 AM

I feel like I'm missing something with Boris. I find them a tad bit...boring. I just don't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 11:55 AM

this was without competition the weakest boris show's i've been to... takeshi looked PISSED the entire time, the set was *OK*, and there were a bunch of idiots forming a pit for the first thirty seconds of every song and then being like 'oh, i forgot, i'm not at an emmure show.'

torche were awesome as always. don't get me wrong. boris were awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 11:59 AM

anyone see the dude from hope conspiracy there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 12:13 PM

Torche were FANTASTIC!!! wow.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 12:22 PM

Philly show was AWESOME!!! Got to see Michio Kurihara shred it up!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 1:06 PM

Russian Circles are SOOOOO much better than Torche, shame they opened, they blow Torche away. Boris rules though!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 1:47 PM

Russian Circles. Very Very Good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 2:07 PM

ha, love Atsuo's look

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 2:33 PM

Russian Circles >>> Pelican
on every level

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 3:08 PM

@3:08 - very true. russian circles are what pelican could sound like if they had a killer drummer!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 3:54 PM

3:08 - Yeah, except Russian Circles have a drummer that actually knows how to play the drums.

Russian Circles were the best band of the night by far.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 3:55 PM

Just two things.

Could Wata be any sexier?

Russian Circles are awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 9:13 PM

I love Wata.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 10:24 PM

Boris and Russian Circles absolutely kicked ass, virtually flawless sets from both of them... And I love Torche to death, but JESUS did they suck hard. I was seriously disappointed. I could barely tell what songs they were playing because of how poor their tone/mix was and I'm sorry but Steve Brooks needs to stick to the studio magic on his vocals. The silly faces were entertaining, though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 11:50 PM

Foolishly I arrived late and missed both openers. I bought the Russian Circles CD (their first one) and it's great. Looking forward to seeing them in near future, I hope.

What's the title of the last song Boris played--is it "Just Abandoned Myself"? It was great. It sounds like the ocean--going from calm to a complete uproar.

Posted by Brian | August 9, 2010 11:57 PM

Russin Circles were great. The rest of the show didn't worth staying.

Posted by Zap | August 10, 2010 7:58 AM

Russian Circles and Boris were excellent. Nice pics.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 7:11 PM

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