Heavy Rocks (2011 album)

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This article is about the 2011 album. For the other Boris album released in 2002, see Heavy Rocks.
Heavy Rocks
Studio album by Boris
Released May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24)
Recorded 2009 - 2011 at Sound Square
Genre Stoner rock
Label Sargent House
Producer Boris
Boris chronology
New Album
Heavy Rocks
Attention Please
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[1]

Heavy Rocks is the sixteenth studio album by the Japanese experimental band Boris. The album was released on May 24, 2011, through the label Sargent House. Its original release date was April 26, but this was pushed back.[2] This album has the same name and cover style as their album released in 2002 called Heavy Rocks, although the cover is purple instead of orange. The band brought back these elements because they "seek to redefine 'heavy' music in a culmination of the band's tireless efforts over the past two decades".[3]

The album was released on the same day as Attention Please, with which it shares the track "Aileron."[4] It also shares different mixes of the songs "Jackson Head" and "Tu, La La" with New Album.

Initial tracklist information had the song "8" listed as the second track, but the final release replaced it with "Leak -Truth, yesnoyesnoyes."[5]

On March 29, 2011, Pitchfork Media released the song "Riot Sugar" in promotion for the album.[6]

The vinyl edition features extended versions of "Missing Pieces" and "Czechoslovakia."[7] An additional full length mix of "Czechoslovakia" with vocals by Tomáš Zakopal was released on a split 7" with his band, Saade.[8]

On May 16, Heavy Rocks in its entirety was made available in full for streaming on NPR Music.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs and words by Boris with the exception of Track 2 by Boris and Keisuke Suzuki.

No. Title Length
1. "Riot Sugar"   3:56
2. "Leak (Truth,yesnoyesnoyes)"   4:11
3. "GALAXIANS"   4:09
4. "Jackson Head"   3:00
5. "Missing Pieces"   12:22/14:27
6. "Key"   1:46
7. "Window Shopping"   3:57
8. "Tu, la la"   4:21
9. "Aileron"   12:45
10. "Czechoslovakia"   1:35/5:46


  • Takeshi - vocals, bass, and guitar
  • Wata - guitar, echo, and keyboard
  • Atsuo - vocals, drums, and percussion
  • Michio Kurihara - guitar on tracks 2, 5, and 7
  • Ian Astbury - vocals on track 1
  • Kensuke Saito - analog synth on track 3
  • Yoshiko Kawakita - vocals on track 7
  • Faith Coloccia - piano on track 9
  • Aaron Turner - voices, guitars, and loops on track 9
  • Design by Fangsanalsatan and SOMA
  • Recording by fangsanalsatan at Sound Square 2009-2011
  • Mix and Mastering by Soichiro Nakamura at Peace Music 2011
  • Translation by Yoshiko Ikeda
  • Production by Boris
  • Photos by Miki Matsushima
  • Logotype by Futuyong