Andrew W Boss


Depending upon what circles you travel in, rap metal gets a lot of flack. Often opined as un-melodic, unimaginative and angst ridden by the general public, Salt lake City’s Andrew W. Boss is here to change that view of the genre.
Weaned on a musical diet of Metallica/Korn/Tupac/Beastie Boys/Mudvayne and so many more, Boss began to enjoy bands and musicians that were different and special, willing to experiment out side of the normal sounds. Boss first got the musician bug when he went to his brothers concert in downtown Salt Lake City, he was 10 yrs old and tiny, and the band had him wear a shirt that said "Head of Security".

Andrew began recording in 2003, trading studio time for weed, and has completed half a dozen albums to date, both solo projects and projects with bands. “I started out, straight writing and recording hip hop, not really having a plan or any organization, then I was in a band with my brother flip for a while in Phoenix and really focused on the writing process and recording process, that's what really got me hooked”

For his latest release, Invincible, Boss has teamed up with uber producer Jim Fogarty (Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Shadows Fall, etc) to deliver an album that transcends the rap metal tag. Equal parts rhymes, melodic and pure brutality, Invincible kicks off with the crushing “Avengers,” which leads straight into the first single, “Kleen.” “Kleen is definitely a fan favorite, and its personal to me because it depicts my troubles with getting sober.” The stage dive ready punch of the title track features Chelsea Grin drummer Pablo Viveros guesting with Boss on Drums, Bass and Guitars. “I met Pablo's wife through my 9 to 5 a while back and she found out I was a musician and showed my stuff to Pablo, we ended up hangin out and one day at his studio when I was writing Invincible, he's like, let's do a song together, I can make you something you can rap to, and I said no, I want you to make what you make and i'll do vocals on it, I want to blend the styles!” The demanding “Let Me Hear You” is a modern day anthem, opening with Boss chanting “Put your fucking hands up” repeatedly while the pop infused “Breaking Bridges” features Boss’ older brother Adam, singer of PoonHammer guesting with him on lead vocals.

Recorded between Salt Lake City and Phoenix Arizona where Boss's drummer Cory Michalski lives, a long with Studio musicians Jeremy Tabor and Sam Hughes that helped with the album, tracking and writing guitar riffs. All the tracks were recorded and sent to West Field MA for Jim to add his definite magic. Boss also recruited his brother Flip to record guitar and bass tracks in salt lake city, along with fellow guitarist Jonathan WIlson recording rough tracks at the beginning of the process… "I would have loved to have shipped the whole band to Jims studio for a month but it wasn't possible with our time line. But, I think it worked out better this way because I'm kinda anal, and sending a song to Cory in Phoenix or Jim in MA, let them work on it and finish it with out me breathin down their necks, and I think it let them blossom as an artist as well as it did me. It definitely shows in the way the album turned out."

Album Review - Invincible


- Jessica Golich,
Salt Lake City Independent hotshot, Andrew W. Boss, has his vision aligned within his mind and has broadcasted that he is evidently ahead of his time over his most recent drop, 'Invincible'.
Starting off with a vengeance over the album opener, "Avengers", Andrew touches base on unpeeling the mundane to reveal the momentous and each and every individual's capacity for greatness. Stirring the hearts of fans of Korn back in the 'Life is Peachy' days, Andrew Boss rounds to second with "Kleen" that blazes a fire through a camouflaged invitation to deeper aliveness utterly profound and sobering in its simplicity by the invaluable gift of being unanticipatedly shaken into living. Picking up the pace over the third track, "Invincible", Andrew confronts a glimpse of grim darkness within that leads to an external exhale upon the revelation of his own invincibility. After a period of feeling suffocated within, Andrew overcomes having experienced the confusion of his deep, abysmal mind being shunned as he comes out on the other side to bring to life a piece of vulnerable and compelling musical art over the fourth track, "Decay".
Slowing down with a track that looks dead into the mirror with a barefaced approach, "Break Down" challenges the past that Andrew walks through and owns with pride as he showcases that he is furthest from sidetracked when it comes to never looking back. "Mist of Grey" is the eighth track that is placed within the album just in time with a bone-chilling intro that leads to a hardcore instrumental breakdown amongst lyricism traversing through a collision course inside the heart and mind of Andrew Boss. If you miss the good ol' days of Rage Against The Machine telling it how it is both straightforward and raw, then "Let Me Hear You" is the menacing track modern-day track that is screaming your name. Presenting his dynamic approach to creating music with ease, Andrew switches up the vibe over the eleventh track, "Breaking Bridges", that crawls over the bridge of troubled water which later is lyrically reconstructed along the way. Closing out an album that is a full-out punch in the gut, "Regret" is reminiscent of Fred Durst in his prime spitting bloodthirsty messages within every rhyme.
If there are skeletons in your closet that you have yet to dare to face, then 'Invincible' is the slap in the face that'll awaken you to your truth and have you digging deep into your roots.