buttonIsis with These Arms Are Snakes, Boris
@ Shibuya Club Quattro (29th Jan '07)

Smoking Hot

      Hard music fans came out in droves for a fantastic triple bill that featured rock heavyweights Isis, These Arms Are Snakes, and Boris at Club Quattro in Shibuya. Scheduled to perform three dates together across the country, tonight's kick-off show was so smoking hot it may have caused the fire alarm to go off in the seven storey building the club is located in.

      The Japanese are known for their promptness and Tokyo's Boris lived up to this reputation by taking to the stage precisely at the advertised start time of 6:45 p.m. The stoner rock trio made an immediate impact as they began their set under a thick haze of smoke and white light, making them barely visible as they played the heavy as fuck "Blackout" from 2005's crushing rock opus, Pink. Mixing sludge metal with dirty, distorted rock numbers, Boris had everyone in attendance eagerly nodding along to their blistering rock attack.

These Arms Are Snakes      After allowing the air to slightly clear for a few minutes, Boris' smoke machine began pumping out even more clouds while they continued to play cuts from Pink and dipped into 2003's Akuma No Uta. Part way through their 40-minute performance, I thought I heard a ringing sound somewhere in the distance. Thinking it was just my eardrums being assaulted by the massive sounds erupting from the speaker, I ignored it. After Boris finished I could still hear the ringing and began to worry a little about the permanent damage they may have caused me. Needless to say I was a little relieved when I made my way downstairs to the bathroom and realized the fire alarm was going off. No one seemed to be in any rush to evacuate the building, making me think that perhaps the walls of smoke turned out by Boris may have triggered it. Regardless of whether this is true or not, I'm going to believe it as it made their awesome music seem even more badass.

Isis      These Arms Are Snakes had the unfortunate task of following Boris. Knowing that they couldn't match their Japanese host's sonic intensity, the Seattle-based act decided instead to focus on turning out a more energetic performance. Showcasing material from both their full-lengths, lead singer Steve Snere threw himself around like a rag doll for the duration of the show, flying through the air, bouncing around in the crowd, and writhing around on the floor while pulling his ripped shirt up. Some of the positions he landed up in seemed to even puzzle him as he said at one point, "Somebody answer me this fucking question. Why am I lying on the floor?"

      Isis ended things with a brilliant set that left little doubt as to why they are one of the most acclaimed acts in metal. Despite shifting further away from their hardcore roots with each amazing new release, their deadly brand of spacey post-rock still has a ferocious edge to it.

Isis      Opening with "Wrists Of Kings," the Los Angeles quintet turned in a performance similar to their fantastic White Stage appearance at last year's Fuji Rock Festival. With everyone in the band slowly head banging along to the music, Isis meticulously crafted dense musical layers that were slowly built into gargantuan, impenetrable walls of sound. Alternating between singing in a gruff voice and bone crunching, vein popping screams, guitarist Aaron Turner lead his band mates through material from last year's epic In The Absence Of Truth. The crowd did their best to imitate Turner, roaring their approval at every chance.

report by shawn and photos by keco

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buttonSmoking Hot (07/01/29 @ Shibuya Club Quattro) : review by shawn, photos by keco
buttonphoto report (07/01/29 @ Shibuya Club Quattro) : photos by keco
buttonGeography At Its Best (05/02/05 @ Shibuya Quattro) : review by shawn, photos by sama
buttonphoto report (05/02/05 @ Shibuya Quattro) : photos by sama
buttonDisc Review "Panopticon" (05/01/27) : review by shawn
buttonphoto report (04/05/10 @ Shibuya O-West) : photos by keco

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"In the Fishtank, Vol. 14" ( US import / UK import / 国内盤)
"Panopticon" ( US import / 国内盤 / Isis - Panopticon)
"Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations" ( US import / 国内盤)
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