2R0I2P0

Boris & Merzbow - 2R0I2P0
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #604 / 871
User Score
Based on 237 ratings
2020 Rank: #294
Liked by 29 people
December 11, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Relapse / Label
Noise, Post-Metal / Genre
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
PopMatters

On 2R0I2P0, Boris and Merzbow show they still have a wealth of ingenuous music-making and mayhem within them.

80
AllMusic

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.

80
Blabbermouth.net
There is so much going on that numerous listening sessions are required to even begin to grasp the power and energy of the brilliant, combative musical relationship at hand.
78
Spectrum Culture
Boris and Merzbow team up once again for another exciting, dynamic collaboration that brings out the best in both.
74
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.

70
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?

60
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.
60
Kerrang!
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.
JustSomeGuy
90

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

thamostonres
80

haha merzbow go ddsehrhehshshs and boris go dudndundidn guitar haha

PunkRevNow
80

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

postpet
85

There's a lot to love about this album, but there's also quite a few problems I have with it. When this albums at it's best its genuinely great music where both Merzbow and Boris's styles perfectly blend with each other to create a creature greater than the sum of its parts, at it's worst though it feels like having two tabs open playing noise and rock music. I haven't listened to Boris or Merzbow outside of this though so take it as you will

BINGYGINGY80808
95

One of my favorite Lps from boris, I really enjoy the sounds from merzbow mixed with the instrumentals from boris

JG_
89

It's like watching the world burn in gradual intensity. The morbid beauty and punishing nature makes it unclear if I am ascending or being dragged down.

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Track List

1Away From You
7:35
82
2To the Beach
7:11
84
3Coma
3:14
77
4Love
6:43
83
5Absolutego
4:32
85
6Journey
7:46
86
7Uzume
6:52
81
8Evol
13:05
86
9Boris
8:51
81
10Shadow of Skull
12:09
78
Total Length: 1 hour, 17 minutes
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Added on: October 19, 2020