Heavy Rocks

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  • Summary: The Japanese experimental band's 16th album shares the same release date as Attention Please and seeks to redefine heavy music.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
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  1. May 24, 2011
    83
    Boris has evolved a lot over the past decade, and the album is far less raw and furious than its 2002 namesake.
  2. May 26, 2011
    80
    Inscrutable concept aside, the new Heavy Rocks doesn't so much redefine heavy music as reconsolidate all the things fans already love about Boris.
  3. Jul 1, 2011
    71
    The appealingly schizoid approach isn't unlike that of America's Melvins, whose 1991 song "Boris" provided the band with its name. On the new Heavy Rocks, Boris makes no effort to hem in that sound.
  4. May 24, 2011
    70
    Despite the somewhat dubious timing of Heavy Rocks' release, there are still some awesome songs to be found here, and the album as a whole acts a great sampler platter of all of Boris' strengths.
  5. May 25, 2011
    70
    The goal of the album is to "redefine 'heavy' music" as a "culmination" of their career; unfortunately, it doesn't feel climactic in that way.
  6. Nov 3, 2011
    67
    Heavy Rocks (2011) improves on the glam thrash of previous studio release Smile (2008) with two centerpiece epics.
  7. At least in name, Heavy Rocks seems to promise a return to form for Boris. It isn't. It certainly manages a return to sludgy riffed-based heaviness, but the spirit of the record's orange prequel is nowhere to be found.

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