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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • United States


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BOTCH were a mathcore quartet from Tacoma, Washington, who were formed in 1993 by bassist/vocalist Brian COOK (RUSSIAN CIRCLES, THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES), guitarist Dave KNUDSON (MINUS THE BEAR), vocalist Dave VERELLEN (NARROWS) and drummer Tim LATONA. They released two full-length albums on Hydra Head Records (1998?s ''American Nervoso'' and 1999's ''We Are the Romans''), as well as numerous other splits and EPs before breaking up in 2002.

BOTCH were among the forerunners of American hardcore acts in the 90's who began experimenting with irregular time signatures and unpredictably polyrhythmic guitars, all while becoming progressively heavier and incorporating the signature sound and stylistic tendencies more associated with the metal genre. Alongside contemporaries like THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, CAVE IN and COALESCE, their major releases helped cement the foundations for what is more commonly referred to today as mathcore.

BOTCH are recommended for all fans of experimental and progressive hardcore and their associated acts.

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We Are the RomansWe Are the Romans
Hydrahead Records 2000
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American NervosoAmerican Nervoso
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Hydrahead Records 2009
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An Anthology Of Dead EndsAn Anthology Of Dead Ends
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Hydrahead Records 2002
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Unifying Themes ReduxUnifying Themes Redux
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BOTCH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.20 | 5 ratings
American Nervoso
1998
4.50 | 11 ratings
We Are the Romans
1999

BOTCH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
061502
2006

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BOTCH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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The Unifying Themes of Sex, Death and Religion
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Unifying Themes Redux
2002

BOTCH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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Faction
1995
1.95 | 2 ratings
The John Birch Conspiracy Theory
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Botch / Nineironspitfire Split
1997
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The Edge of Quarrel
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
In These Black Days Volume 5
1999
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Knut / Botch / Ananda Split
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
An Anthology of Dead Ends
2002

BOTCH Reviews


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 An Anthology of Dead Ends by BOTCH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
4.00 | 1 ratings

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An Anthology of Dead Ends
Botch Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Botch's 'An Anthology of Dead Ends' is the last studio recording we would get from this Tech Metal/Metalcore band because they disbanded shortly after. But if there is a metalcore band out there that must be heard because of their ingenuity in extreme rock with a crazy progressive metal mentality, this is it. There is only one problem in my book, and that is the dirty vocals which are non-melodic.

However, this is the must-hear album from the band. Yes it is hard and unrelenting. But it is also very progressive and full of ingenious time signatures and dangerous tricky riffs. Tech lovers must have this album, if for nothing else, to find out how it should have been done.

The EP has 6 trracks that all together only last a little over 20 minutes. Each track is named after a country, except the letter 'n' is replaced by 'm'. I'm not sure where this idea came from, or what it means, but that's how it is. The album starts out with an unapologetic bombastic explosion of guitar that lasts all of 14 seconds. But now you know what to expect, because it gets louder than this and more complex.

Next you have 'Spaim', 'Japam', and 'Vietmam'. Each one of these land between 3 and 4 minutes each, and each one features ever shifting meters and crazy, heavy guitar, extraordinary bass and non-djent drums, but heavy nonetheless. Each one of these is an all out attack to your senses and are bound to get your heart racing. The difference between this EP and the other noisy EPs by the band is that you hardly notice the screaming vocals as the instrumentals are crazy good, and that is the only way I take my music when screaming vocals are present. The musicianship is that good.

When we come to the 5th track, we think we know what to expect. But forget that. 'Afgamistam' is completely different from everything else you have heard before. This one turns out to be one of the best math core tracks I have ever heard. For one thing, there is no wall of noise, but more of a heavy bass with a more typical math core sound with a lot of space. The vocals are also clean, and it makes you wonder why the other vocals were necessary as the lead singer has an excellent clean voice. There is also a piano riff through the track. It is a nice slow burn that is worth the price of the entire EP. Excellent track, and if the EP had been full of tracks like this, it would have got a 5 star rating.

Last of all, segueing into the final track with a chaotic build in noise, we go into 'Micaragua' which increases in non-melodic sound as a excellent drum passage tries to hold it all together. This is like the final goodbye from the band as the drums slow down against the wall of feedback and then short bursts of anger from the vocals as the noise from the instruments create a collage of ugly beauty. What a way to end.

It is such a pity that this band had to separate, but out of their ashes have come bands like 'Minus the Bear' and 'These Arms Are Snakes'. But what we have from them while together as 'Botch' is some tech metal that pushed the boundaries beyond it's usual limits. I can't say this EP is perfect, as there are those dirty vocals to deal with, but it is one of the few albums I can listen to without minding too much about the vocals. The other thing about this EP is that it is the only EP by the band that is not available in any other form. All of the band's other EPs are available on the collection 'Unifying Themes Redux', but their best one, which is the one under review here, is only available this way. And for Tech metal and Progressive Metal lovers, it is one that you need to find.

 The John Birch Conspiracy Theory by BOTCH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
1.95 | 2 ratings

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The John Birch Conspiracy Theory
Botch Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

2 stars Botch is a band that released 2 albums, 1 live album, and several EPs and splits before they disbanded and went their separate ways (Minus the Bear, These Arms are Snakes, and others). They were considered a Metal Core band, which is a very loud version of Math Core. Being put under Tech/Extreme Prog Metal in Prog Archives is an appropriate placement.

The music itself is definitely hardcore metal, but with a progressive edge. It's the vocals that I have a hard time with. They are non-melodic and screaming, at least when they are not field recordings. If you can get past that, the instrumentals are top notch, but they can be hard to listen to with the screaming. If you like that style, then you should be interested, but for me it ruins the excellent job by bass, guitars and drums. The best track on this is "O Fortuna" which is their extreme rendition of the famous operatic song. At least there aren't as many vocals on that one.

The music is definitely primal and loud. This particular EP is now available on the collection "Unifying Themes Redux" which combines 2 of the 3 EPs, the Botch songs on their split singles, and also some unreleased tracks. This is the best way to purchase the music, and that release makes this EP obsolete. We'll go two stars on this one, only because the instrumental parts are great, but the screaming is awful.

 We Are the Romans by BOTCH album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.50 | 11 ratings

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We Are the Romans
Botch Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars Botch played what they call mathcore: take a particularly loud,heavy, and fast take on shred metal and then add more complex time signatures and fast changes than any average tech death band could ever handle. The result is one of the hardest genres of music to ever get into, but those who can listen to it are rewarded with a hardy challenge and a quick moving succession of complex wonder. And bowing out right when The Dillinger Escape Plan was getting started cutting albums, Botch did so with "We Are The Romans", the cream of the crop of the genre. Some of the fastest, tightest, and most complex metal ever was forged by the trifecta of Knudson on guitar, Cook on bass, and Latona on drums. Each played their instruments to the fullest, without flaw. They run rampant through ten tracks of atomic power, each uniquely titled. How can you pass up tracks called "Man The Ramparts", "C. Thomas Howell as The Soul Man", and "Saint Matthew Returns To The Womb"? The epicness and strangeness of these titles is lived up to by the music. Nothing, not even Dillinger, compares. Excellent. Transcendent. The very pinnacle of shred metal.
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