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Experimental/Post Metal • United States


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BOTANIST. It's all in the name, a one-man project from San Francisco, California that started in 2009 and revolves around the 18th century renaissance concept of the 'Noble Savage', an idealized picture of purity and truth, to be found by returning to nature, in exile from society and its corrupting influence. It's a concept that connects seamlessly with the Black Metal ideology of paganism and individual emancipation.

The music of BOTANIST is experimental Black Metal conceived for drums, screeching vocals and (distorted) hammered dulcimer, a unique approach resulting in an original sound and mood. The debut "I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose from the Dead" was released in 2011.

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4.00 | 1 ratings
I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
III: Doom in Bloom / Allies
2012

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 III: Doom in Bloom / Allies by BOTANIST album cover Studio Album, 2012
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III: Doom in Bloom / Allies
Botanist Experimental/Post Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

— First review of this album —
5 stars The name of the album is fitting: On the first half of Botanist's sophomore release, Doom in Bloom, he slows down the tempo to a doom metal pace. The sole band member Otrebor has also added atmospheric keyboards to the mix. Apart from that, not much has changed. The band's apocalyptic vision of the future is as compelling as ever, if not even more so, and the tortured vocals and hammered dulcimer foundation of the music remain intact. The pieces here are long, with many extending past the ten minute range, and the odd metre signatures and unorthodox composition techniques found on the début are still present.

The second half of the album (excluded from the vinyl release) mostly consists of songs written and performed by friends of the band around the album's drum tracks. This means the odd time signatures and other eccentricities of the music are just as present in these compositions, which tend to be more guitar-based, as they are on the first half. The style of the music in these pieces varies pretty widely; some have harsh vocals, some lush female vocals, and the mood of the pieces covers widely disparate territory as well. The exception to the drum track rule is the two contributions by Matrushka, which are dark ambient pieces based around tape loops of the album's fourth track. All of the songs on the second half of the album have a botanical theme, thus fitting in with the timbre of the rest of the material, and Bestiary's composition is about the Giant Hogweed. (Perhaps a Genesis reference?)

This stirring album comes highly recommended and is one of the high points of Botanist's prolific output so far.

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 I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead by BOTANIST album cover Studio Album, 2011
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I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead
Botanist Experimental/Post Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

— First review of this album —
4 stars Botanist's début actually consists of two albums released together in a single package. The song lengths seem like they'd be more at home on a grindcore album, but this deliciously weird music actually has a lot of prog influence. Beyond the fact that the songs are more like movements of two lengthy compositions than they are separate compositions themselves, there's also the bizarre composition techniques and odd time signatures scattered throughout the work. There are arguably more passages in odd time signatures than there are in more familiar meters like 4/4 or 3/4.

Despite being based entirely around drums, vocals, and hammered dulcimer, this album conforms heavily to expected black metal tropes, so if the more traditional bands in the genre alienate you, you probably won't find much to enjoy here. But this is highly adventurous, vital music that makes a wonderful addition to more open-minded metalheads' collections, and I strongly recommend it. The only thing that stops me from giving this the maximum rating is that some of Botanist's future releases were even better.

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