I've heard Boris before -- I bought 2006's Pink (in 2006 no less, Barry) but really didn't like it. They have progressed significantly since then; this is smoother, while still embracing their penchant for experimentation.
It's abrasive and slightly amped up metal, while retaining the melody. "Vanilla" is a highlight. On songs like "Heavy Rain," they sound a lot like Jesu's trademark "dirge metal," which is always a good thing in my book (and I'd guess Martin's as well). In general, it's a little all over the place; I had to check to make sure this wasn't a compilation. (It's not.) And yes, there is an 18 minute long track on this album -- "Angel," which is awesome.
Boris - "Vanilla" (no, not the 18 minute long track)
CD Placement Rating: High-end Portable CD Case, low-end Car iPod.