I should probably post my album of the month for July 2013 before I forget. I'm sure there would be a lot of good candidates for the title this month if I gave it some thought, but the winner was already decided when I head Boris' Flood for the first time right around the turn of the month. Those who are not familiar with the band should know that Boris is a most intriguing trio who hails from Japan. They enjoy a strong cult following and are known for switching genres fluidly from one album to the next while remaining recognizably Boris. If I had to place the group under one specific genre, it would probably be metal, but if you have never heard the group please don't make any presumptions based on that – Boris is nothing like your typical metal band.
My first experience with Boris was with their Boris at Last -Feedbacker- album, which I would highly recommend as a perfect starting point for any Boris novice. The album will change your life – it did mine. When listening to the album I recommend doing it alone in a dimly lit or darkened room without trying to process the music too much in your head while you are listening to it. Simply let the sounds wash over you and try to experience it without any presumptions or expectations. But on to Flood.
What I said about Feedbacker applies to Flood as well, which could be though as a spiritual successor to the group's masterpiece that is Feedbacker. Like that album, Flood is a single album-lenght song that has several distinct parts. To talk about the content of the individual parts would spoil the experience of listening to the album for the first time in my opinion, so I will refrain from doing that. What I will say, however, is that even though Flood is not in my eyes quite as mind-blowing an album as Feedbacker, it is very close to being another masterpiece in my books which I regrettably seldom have had the privilege of saying about an album. Had I not heard Feedbacker before this album, Flood might've even been an life-altering experience for me, you never know. I can fully understand why some people might not like this album at all, but I personally enjoy almost every second of it. I am truly happy to finally have this album in my collection. It is also one of the rare Boris releases to have any kind of dynamic range to speak of (I have no gripes about the mastering, actually) because it tends to be part of the group's sound to squash everything to the max. My ears really appreciate the non-fatiquing listening experience and I recommend listening to this album loud on a pair of good loudspeakers if you happen to have one available to you. I have listened to the album on headphones as well, and although it does sound good I found that the album worked best for me on speakers.
That is all for this month. I'm interested to see what August brings along!
Boris - Flood