Album cover for the 2003 Southern Lord reissue.
|Studio album by Boris|
|Released||November 26 1998|
|Recorded||August / September 1998 at Sound Crew in Tokyo, Japan|
|Genre||Drone Doom, Sludge Metal, Psychedelic Rock, Trance|
|Black: Implication Flooding
|More Echoes, Touching Air Landscape |
Amplifier Worship is the second studio album by Japanese experimental band Boris. Released in November 1998 via indie label Mangrove the band maintained an abrasive sound of drone doom and sludge but interlacing elements of psychedelic, trance and a more up-tempo sound into their music. Amplifier Worship is also one of only a handful of Boris albums (excluding the "one-long-song" albums) to feature vocals on every track and the first album to feature Takeshi on lead vocals (Though Atsuo handles lead vocals on "Huge").
Background[edit | edit source]
Boris would begin work on their second studio album in the fall of 1998, writing and recording "Vomitself" at Sound Square and mixed at Inner Pleasure while the remaining tracks were recorded and mixed at Sound Crew. Mastering was provided by Hi Brite. Music videos were composed for "Hama" and "Kuruimizu" but ultimately not released to the public. The band would perform two shows at Koenji 20000V that December in support of the album.
In 2003 Southern Lord Records would reissue the album on CD in a green jewel box with a gummy worm in the spine. At time of release, there were rumors that said worm had hallucinogic properties akin to those of LSD when eaten though these rumors have been denied by Southern Lord, the band, and people who actually ate their worm. Notably the original CD would have 2-second breaks between songs reminiscent of a CD-R though a second issue in a plain jewel case with no gummy worm would fix the 2-second skips.
In 2010 along with Absolutego, Southern Lord would issue the album on vinyl for the first time, 2000 copies on black vinyl and 1000 copies on green vinyl.
Studio reworkings of "Huge" and "Vomitself" would appear on their collaborative album with Merzbow, Gensho.
On 16 September 2020 it would be announced that Amplifier Worship would see release on digital platforms for the first time. Along with this digital re-issue the album would be re-issued on CD and Vinyl via Third Man Records on 13 November 2020, featuring a re-mastered sound and the original artwork. The vinyl edition of the re-issue would be on black vinyl and limited lime green vinyl.
Tracklist[edit | edit source]
NOTE: On the vinyl reissue of the album tracks 1 and 3 are placed on side A while track 2 is placed on side B due to vinyl limitations.
- 1. Huge (9:14)
- 2. Ganbou-Ki (15:44)
- 3. Hama (7:30)
- 4. Kuruimizu (14:27)
- 5. Vomitself (16:57)
Personnel[edit | edit source]
- Wata - Guitar (Matamp, Orange), E-Bow
- Takeshi - Bass (Ampeg), Vocals
- Atsuo - Drums, Vocals, Cymbals, Percussion (Wavedrum)
- Fangs Anal Satan - Artwork
- Stephen O'Malley aka MK Ultra Blizzard - Layout (Reissue)
- Osamu Seino - Engineer (Tracks 1 - 4)
- Eiji Hashizume - Engineer (Track 5)