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Album Review

Surfacing again with an American release after a couple years of absence, the Boredoms showed themselves to still be truly a unique proposition with Super Ae. Taking some more of the prog/Kraut influences that crept into earlier efforts while still firing up the amps all around, Eye and his cohorts (forming a core quintet this time around) once again become the most out-there band in the world. "Super You" is a simply fantastic way to start, with initial whizzing stereo-to-stereo sounds leading into a wonderful collection of slow, ponderous death rock riffs that sound like all the Black Sabbath and Metallica wannabes of the world gathered to create one massive opening fanfare via guitars. Logically the Boredoms spike the punch by interrupting things with sped-up tape sounds and pitch changes, making the proceedings all the more fun. From there, Super Ae continues along to something close to a concept album; each track feels like a perfect lead in to the rest, while the whole sense is of one long, mantra-like piece, faster or slower as the band feels like it. The big change is that the volume is not so much used to stun as it is to maintain a general atmosphere while the rhythm section cranks along in semi-motorik style, a bit like Can with some even freer spirits at play. Not everything is total destruction in the Boredoms scheme of things, admittedly — "Super Coming" has some hilarious cartoony vocals from all participants. "Super Are" begins with a serene keyboard performance and chanting background vocals before turning into a psych/acid folk drum/singing jam session á la Amon Düül or fellow countrymen Ghost. Needless to say, though, the amps and monster sludge kick in soon enough, and quite well at that! "Super Good," the album closer, also has a nicely calm way about it.

Customer Reviews

"this is not music"?

Is that kind of comment EVER intelligent, EVER appropriate...ever RIGHT? The Boredoms are great. They are definitely unique and not for everyone, but if you're the right kind of person (or in the right kind of mood), they're like psychotic angels from some crazy punk Japanese heaven. This album is like...I don't's like what should have been playing in the so-bad-it's-still-bad scene in KING KONG VS. GODZILLA in which a bunch of Japanese people in blackface dance around for seemingly 45 minutes beating on drums. It's what you might expect to hear if you started zapping yourself with electricity for kicks like the theoretical kids in the last quarter of Gravity's Rainbow. It's like a religious ceremony in an ant farm. It's like spring break on Pluto.

Boredoms-Japanese Noize musicians alter to a more Traditional sound

Super Ae is album some yearn for. It's more listener freindly and structured. They tend to get a tribal effect with lots of chants and percussions. They are pretty good at the stuff too. You will hear some Signature Boredoms sounds. Eye does his noizy vocals on Super Are You. This is album is for you if you like Tribal plus experiemtnal rock. By the time this album was released, you tend to get the feeling that each member grew as musicians. Enjoy

Super Genius

Like the tide pounding the shore, a crash of cymbals fades in to reveal an ebbing guitar before an otherwordly voice arrives and echoes forever over a pulsating, polyrhythmic drumbeat. A mere two guitar chords have never sounded this good. Minutes in, the tide of "Super Going" begins to slow to a calm, but much like the sea, it soon returns in full force.

Boredoms' 1998 experimental triumph, Super Æ, is ripe with moments like these. It is music for the mind; a dense, complex, rewarding and completely unique musical experience.


Formed: 1986 in Osaka, Japan

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Of all the artists in Japan's thriving noise-music community, the Boredoms undoubtedly had the most fun. Although their maniacally extreme cacophony was by no means accessible listening, it was underpinned by a gleeful sense of humor that helped them find a limited (but still surprisingly wide) audience among alternative rockers. A typical Boredoms track might feature massively distorted guitars, squealing synths, any number of odd found-object noisemakers, or studio-manipulation effects; conventional...
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