Boris & Merzbow - 2R0I2P0
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #601 / 802
User Score
Based on 97 ratings
2020 Ratings: #425
Liked by 3 people
December 11, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Relapse Records / Label
Noise, Post-Metal / Genres
Boris, Merzbow / Primary Artists
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Boris and Merzbow must have had a ball making 2R0I2P0; they seek real adventure in here, and attempt a method amid the sprawl and excess. This set takes the intermittent collaboration between these artists to a wonderful new level of creativity, communication, and nearly symbiotic experimentation.

Beats Per Minute

2R0I2P0 is a fitting summative soundtrack to the end of the year that defined us all. Familiar in so many ways, yet unexpected and challenging in others, it’s the sound of the light at the end of the tunnel, of the enchantment within all of the mess.

Metal Injection

While 2R0I2P0 may not be the front-to-back, brass-knuckled sucker punch response needed to restore order and act as a salve to all of the wounds ripped open, who says doomy noise can’t be a portal to a better place?

Northern Transmissions
Across ten tracks, the common thread is that everything has been given a gauzy, distant mix, though this succeeds in varying degrees. More often than not, it blunts both the crushing, detuned blows of Wata and Takeshi’s guitars and the circuit damage of Merzbow.
Neither Boris nor Merzbow are particularly known for their music being concise, and of course this opus is no exception — clocking in at almost 90 minutes it takes its sweet time making its point.
I feel weird having one of the highest ratings on an album as polarizing as this one seems to be, but I simply can't deny how amazing this record is to me. This may not be the most perfect thing ever, and some of its biggest problems are undeniably going to be album-destroying to some listeners, but goddamn, this mixture of drone metal and harsh noise is downright immaculate and is seemingly exactly what I've been needing to hear for so long.

As someone who has heard absolutely nothing else ... read more
Never thought I would say I kinda like a record with Merzbow on it. Considering I don't like harsh noise, this wasn't too harsh for me. It reminds me of shoegaze but less rock, more metal or industrial and it has that naturality of ambient. I honestly love the mix and crazy contrast of the wonky noise on top of some really drowned out and distorted electric guitars and drums. Really great collection of noise.
This is an incredibly unique, kickass record.

What I expected: Another Boris album except this time with Merzbow throwing some noise on top of it here and there

What I got: A really interesting Merzbow album with Boris performing some kickass songs in the background to keep you captivated from start to finish

I'm really happy with Merzbow's contributions pretty much taking the driver's seat here. The noise is really satisfying in a robo-orgasm kind of way, and while the Boris songs aren't ... read more
The two legends of their genre are reunited again to showcase very harsh, noisy sounds and music in their best traditions.
Coming off their most concise and focused return to sludge and crust metal since 2005's Pink, Boris is poised to make a grand re-entry into the forefront of the genres this decade. Bookending the beginning of what is hopefully an exciting future for the band, is their eighth collaboration with Merzbow. 2R0I2P0 may borrow many of its ideas from LφVE & EVφL, but in essence it turns what was a decent, but slightly familiar album into a noisy, yet still restrained, emotional display of ... read more
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Track List

  1. Away from You
  2. To the Beach
  3. Coma
  4. Love
  5. Absolutego
  6. Journey
  7. Uzume
  8. Evol
  9. Boris
  10. Shadow of Skull
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Added on: October 19, 2020