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Album Review

If you have the endurance to sit through its full 62 minutes, Boris with Merzbow's third release, 2005's Sun Baked Snow Cave, will certainly take you on a sonic journey. Comprised of a single instrumental track (which shares the same name as the album title), it all starts out about as minimalist as you can possibly get — single notes plucked on a nylon string guitar. But eventually, the piece begins picking up some steam, by incorporating other sounds, including buzzing insects and various electronic scrapes, all while the volume increases as well, before eventually ending in silence. The press release states that "Sun Baked Snow Cave may be both perfect for Rob Zombie horror movies, and for a small baby's gentle night sleep." Hard to sum it up better. Sun Baked Snow Cave is recommended to fans of the modern-day experimental ambient genre.


Formed: 1994 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Japanese cult favorite sludge/doom rock trio Boris take their name from a song on grunge godfathers the Melvins' Bullhead album. They also have a lot in common with the Melvins musically, including a fondness for heavily downtuned guitar/bass tones and exceedingly slow tempos. But they also incorporate elements variously drawn from other sources, including psychedelic rock, punk, noise, minimalism, pure sludge-drone music à la Earth, and more. Also, despite the unpretentious psychedelic/stoner rock...
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