Tomsk-7/Boris split 7"Posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2005 @ 5:58am » permalink
I'll keep this one relatively short. Another 7" that I grabbed years ago in a used bin for about a quarter, the Tomsk-7/Boris split was released in 1997 on Bovine Records. Somewhat of an odd union, it actually makes for a damn nice split , and even though it's out of print, you seem to still be able to find it used or in random distros for a few bucks here and there, so… it's doesn't seem to be too terribly rare.
I still know nothing about Tomsk-7 other than the fact that they hailed from Phoenix, AZ and had one of the best female vocalists ever – cutting loose with five short tracks ranging from blistering grind, to sludgy distorted bass dirges, as well as feedback soaked noise. Aside from this five or so minutes of material all I can note is that they were on a couple of comps and also did a split EP with some band called Idi Amin, but I've never heard it. I think this group should've been far more talked about though, and these tracks should nail that point home.
This record also marked my first exposure to Japan's Boris, and I went apeshit over this one. Their lone track is longer than the entire Tomsk-7 side of the record, full of poundingly heavy rhythms and drones alongside forceful drumming and a ridiculous bass presence. And how about those vocals!? The whole thing is just a pulsing, sinister mass of twisted dissonance – all of which possesses more feeling and power than a lot of the band's more recent work in my opinion. Their side ends with a locked groove, so I faded it out after 10 seconds or so. And what about that cover art, too? If nothing else, I think Boris has fallen way off the mark with their visual presence these days, as their early logo and aesthetic played a huge role in my decision to buy this record.
See what you think:
And yo, again, comments, people! Please! Imperium? Anyone? No dice? All those people emailed me wanting more thrash, but no one was into 'em, or what? I feel like I'm pissing my time away if I don't get any feedback to know how people are reacting to all these tunes, so… it makes a difference. Thanks!