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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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Botanist Collective: The Shape Of He To Come (Digipak Cd)Botanist Collective: The Shape Of He To Come (Digipak Cd)
Avantgarde Music / Wounded Love
VI: FloraVI: Flora
Flenser 2014
Aural Music 2019
Iv: MandragoraIv: Mandragora
Flenser 2013
Hammer Of Botany + Oplopanax HorridusHammer Of Botany + Oplopanax Horridus
Aural Music 2019
$12.49 (used)
Shape Of He To ComeShape Of He To Come
Avantgarde 2017
Botanist - III:Doom In Bloom - Lp Vinyl RecordBotanist - III:Doom In Bloom - Lp Vinyl Record
$50.00 (used)
Doom In Blood & Allies 2-CD by BOTANIST IIIDoom In Blood & Allies 2-CD by BOTANIST III
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3.58 | 3 ratings
I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead
4.42 | 3 ratings
III: Doom in Bloom / Allies
1.50 | 2 ratings
IV: Mandragora
2.00 | 4 ratings
VI: Flora

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0.00 | 0 ratings
EP I: The Hanging Gardens of Hell / Ode to Joy
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 VI: Flora by BOTANIST album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.00 | 4 ratings

VI: Flora
Botanist Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Lewa

2 stars Hammered dulcimer. Very unique, but the concept doesn't necessarily work out over the length of a whole album.

Botanist mainly plays hammered dulcimer in a metal style: Hard, fast and distorted. At first this seems totally unique and I was blown away when I first heard it. This album might appeal to adventurous prog fans who always seek out new sounds. It is, after all, pretty rare today that someone produces a really unique musical style and comes up with sounds we haven't heard before.

Unfortunately, there is little variation on this album. The music literally just keeps hammering on. The concept seems gimmicky after a time and does, in my opinion, not provide enough substance to keep the listener engaged for the whole album. To me, all the hammering just becomes exhausting after a while. (And I'm not even into the safe, sane or overly melodious side of prog.)

This album is still recommend to listeners who seek new sounds and inspirations.

Let's all hope that Botanist will develop his songwriting, diversify his sound and release some unique future albums!

 III: Doom in Bloom / Allies by BOTANIST album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.42 | 3 ratings

III: Doom in Bloom / Allies
Botanist Experimental/Post Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

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. (As a bonus for prog fans, it's very likely a Genesis reference, as several phrases in the lyrics directly recall phrases in Genesis' song.)

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

 I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead by BOTANIST album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.58 | 3 ratings

I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead
Botanist Experimental/Post Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

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.

Thanks to bonnek for the artist addition.

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