Boris, Absolutego – Special Low Frequency Version

Jess Harvell

By Jess Harvell

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Dig it: Metal so heavy it doesn’t even move.

In the early '90s a guitarist from Seattle named Dylan Carlson who fronted a group with the appropriately tectonic name Earth, made the connection between the doom rumblings of metal bands like Black Sabbath and the avant-garde drones of composer LaMonte Young. Earth's brand of ambient doom became its own genre, and no one has taken it further out than Japan's Boris. 1996's Absolutego is heavy metal that's been fossilized, petrified, frozen. It's 60 minutes of agonizingly slow riffs that toll like church bells, rock music that would need to be about 100 beats per minute faster to even, you know, rock. It's the last word in this sort of thing, which hasn't stopped a legion of bands from trying to top it.