Boris (ボリス, Borisu) is a Japanese experimental rock band, known for often combining and switching between different music genres including drone metal, noise rock, psychedelic rock and ambient. As of 2008, personnel are drummer-vocalist Atsuo, bassist-guitarist-vocalist Takeshi, and guitarist-vocalist Wata.
Boris takes its name from a song on the Melvins' Bullhead, and released its first album, Absolutego, on the group's own label, Fangs Anal Satan, in 1996. Since then, they have released 17 studio albums (including such acclaimed works as Pink and Heavy Rocks), a number of EPs, 7" singles, and full-length collaborative recordings, on various record labels around the world.
Boris was originally a four-piece band, with Nagata on drums. Nagata departed in 1996 leaving Atsuo to take over drumming duties and it has remained a three-piece since.
From its formation, Boris's members have made deliberate efforts to avoid being pigeon-holed, or too strongly associated ...