Amplifier Worship

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Amplifier Worship
Boris - Amplifier Worship.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 26, 1998 (1998)
RecordedSound Crew, August–September 1998
Southern Lord (SUNN24)
Boris chronology
Boris/Tomsk 7
Amplifier Worship
Black: Implication Flooding
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Amplifier Worship is the second album by Japanese band Boris.

Excluding the "one-long-song" albums, this is one of only two Boris full-lengths to have vocals on every song (the other being 2008's Smile), and the first time that Takeshi performed lead vocals for the band (although Atsuo performs lead vocals on "Huge"). "Vomitself" was written and laid down separately at Sound Square while the other four songs were recorded at Sound Crew. According to Japanese production company FoodUnited, videos were shot for "Hama" and "Kuruimizu" but were not released to the public.

The Southern Lord vinyl issue features new artwork but uses the same crossfading despite the track order change and the inability to segue across sides; these issues are solved either with new crossfades (the two songs on side A) or cut offs (the rest of the sides).

Studio reworkings of "Huge" and "Vomitself" appear on their collaborative album with Merzbow, Gensho.

Track listing[edit]

Some of the track titles were originally released in Japanese (2, 3, and 4)

2."Ganbou-Ki" (願望魕)15:44
3."Hama" (蟾蜍)7:30
4."Kuruimizu" (狂水)14:27
Total length:63:52
Vinyl (Side A)
2."Hama" (蟾蜍)7:28
Side B
1."Ganbou-Ki" (願望魕)16:55
Side C
1."Kuruimizu" (狂水)14:57
Side D
Total length:65:32


  • Wata - Guitar, Effects, and Electronics
  • Takeshi - Vocals, Bass, and Electronics
  • Atsuo - Vocals, Drums, Cymbal, and Electronic Drums
  • Osamu Seino - Engineer (tracks 1 to 4)
  • Eiji Hashizume - Engineer (track 5)
  • Fangs Anal Satan - Artwork

Pressing history[edit]

Year Label Format Country Out of Print? Notes
1998 Mangrove CD Japan No -
2003 Southern Lord CD U.S. Yes Green jewel box with a gummy worm in the spine; different cover from Japanese pressing; at time of release, there were rumors that said worm had hallucinogic properties akin to those of LSD when eaten; these rumors have been denied by Southern Lord, the band, and people who actually ate their worm; 2-second breaks between songs reminiscent of a CD-R
2003 Southern Lord CD US Yes Same cover as limited US pressing
2010 Southern Lord Vinyl US Yes 2000 black vinyl, 1000 green vinyl. Same cover as limited US pressing


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