This item is to the best of our knowledge available to us from the supplier and should ship to you within the time-frame indicated. If there are any unforeseen issues with availability we will notify you immediately
Boomkat Product Review:
A new twenty-minute EP from the fairly unlikely pairing of Japanese avant-metal heroes Boris and Ian Astbury, vocalist for The Cult and the rebooted line-up of The Doors. Astbury seems to have been a bit of a gun for hire in recent years, adding his distinctive rawk yelp to albums from the likes of UNKLE and Slash over the past couple of years. This project seems to work out well for all concerned - Boris have always been up for a bit of a old-fashioned stadium melodrama, and Astbury certainly comes out of the collaboration smelling of roses. 'Teeth And Claw' fits the agenda of both parties: Astbury gets to indulge in some serious, foot-on-monitor wailing while Boris lurch into epic mode, concocting a massive sounding, heavy-rocking backdrop for him. The ace closer, 'Magickal Child' inflates to even grander proportions, beginning as a spectral power ballad featuring Ghost's Michio Kurahar on lead guitar before ascending towards a euphoric sludge-metal peak. There's a cover of The Cult's 'The Rain' on here too, although Astbury sits this one out (too much like a busman's holiday, one suspects) leaving Boris' Wata to supply a silky, half-whispered vocal. Kurihara once again delivers some blistering chops, and you'll probably find yourself wishing he was around for 'We Are The Witches' too - it's a great, heavy track that brims with old-school metal values, but the soloing leaves much to be desired. Still, the occasional lapse in musicianship is all part of the Boris charm and remains a strangely charming component of their sound. You might approach this seemingly unlikely coalition with a certain amount of caution, but BXI definitely works.