BOTCH

Mathcore • United States
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Botch was a mathcore / metalcore band from Tacoma in Washington.

With polyrhythmic guitar stylings, raw vocals, progressive song structures, and a unique sound, Botch were prominent in the underground hardcore scene from 1993 until 2002.

In May 1998, the four-piece from Tacoma, Washington released their first album, American Nervoso.

On November 30, 1999, Hydra Head released Botch's We Are the Romans. Since its initial release, bands have been influenced by its style, creating, to many, what is now called mathcore.

Recently, Hydra Head Records has released Unifying Themes Redux, an anthology of EPs and compilation tracks as well as a few unreleased tracks and a live set that was originally released by Excursion Records. In addition to this, on December 5 Hydra Head released 061502, a CD/DVD of Botch's final show.

American Nervoso was remastered and re-released in July 2007. The new version included four demo tracks and an extended
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BOTCH albums / top albums

BOTCH American Nervoso album cover 3.96 | 8 ratings
American Nervoso
Mathcore 1998
BOTCH We Are The Romans album cover 4.29 | 7 ratings
We Are The Romans
Mathcore 1999

BOTCH EPs & splits

BOTCH Faction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Faction
Mathcore 1995
BOTCH The John Birch Conspiracy Theory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The John Birch Conspiracy Theory
Mathcore 1996
BOTCH Botch / Nineironspitfire ‎ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Botch / Nineironspitfire ‎
Mathcore 1997
BOTCH The Edge Of Quarrel Split album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Edge Of Quarrel Split
Mathcore 1999
BOTCH Cave-In / Botch ‎– In These Black Days Volume 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cave-In / Botch ‎– In These Black Days Volume 5
Mathcore 1999
BOTCH Knut / Botch / Ananda album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Knut / Botch / Ananda
Mathcore 2000
BOTCH An Anthology of Dead Ends album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
An Anthology of Dead Ends
Mathcore 2002
BOTCH All About Friends Forever Volume Four album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All About Friends Forever Volume Four
Mathcore 2013

BOTCH live albums

BOTCH 061502 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
061502
Mathcore 2006

BOTCH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

BOTCH Blind...From Youth Installed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blind...From Youth Installed
Mathcore 1993

BOTCH re-issues & compilations

BOTCH The Unifying Themes of Sex, Death, and Religion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Unifying Themes of Sex, Death, and Religion
Mathcore 1997
BOTCH Unifying Themes Redux album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unifying Themes Redux
Mathcore 2002
BOTCH Botch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Botch
Mathcore 2016

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The Edge Of Quarrel - Punk Vs. Straight Edge
Mathcore 2000

BOTCH Reviews

BOTCH American Nervoso

Album · 1998 · Mathcore
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Progressive metalcore is one of those splinter genres that is too wildly abrasive for prog lovers and too artsy fartsy for many who indulge in the core section at the metal supermarket but has been somewhat popular in crafting a unique hybridization of the two styles for those into both sides of the fence. The term mathcore covers a lot of these bands in a generic sense but just like technical death metal and progressive death metal, has slightly different dynamics which take place. The Tacoma, WA based BOTCH straddled the lines between straight out metalcore and mathcore and thus found a few fans from both sides of the fence including Aaron Turner who was the vocalist for the post-metal band Isis and founder of the Hydra Head Records label.

BOTCH formed all the way back in 1993 and released a series of EPs of loud and abrasive metal / mathcore but also was more adventurous than the usual band of noisemakers by covering unexpected pieces such as Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna” on “The John Birch Conspiracy Theory” EP. After several years of taking the mathcore realm to more fertile grounds and incessantly touring which gained the band a larger following, BOTCH finally released its debut album AMERICAN NERVOSO in 1998 which featured a stealthy mix of mathcore laced post-hardcore with occasional drifts into piano based progressive rock. The album sort of went over the heads of many as whole progressive metalcore thing hadn’t really caught on yet but nevertheless the band toured with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Jesuit. The album as you may have guess debuted on Hydra Head Records!

AMERICAN NERVOSO originally only had nine tracks on the first pressing but subsequent releases have added five bonus tracks which are all worthy editions albeit clearly in the bonus track realms. The album starts off in full metalcore mode with “Hutton’s Great Heat Engine” and is a little misleading as the album doesn’t start crafting a more intricate deliveries with more frequent time signature changes until the track takes off. Late on it hots softer passages that escape the incessant bombast of the frenetic bass, drum and guitar assaults linked with Dave Vereillen’s frantic screaming, however even on the opening number, BOTCH are clearly not your run of the mill metalcore group as there are moments of more atmospheric contemplation with subdued clean vocals and more guitar sustain than rampaging chords.

Perhaps what is most effective in this kind of extreme metal is the diversity of the guitar riffs and styles of playing throughout the album. One trick pony extremism can become quite tiring for an album’s run yet BOTCH excel at keeping the raw core bombast as the album’s emphasis while pulling enough tricks out of their sleeves to leave an extremist metal lover’s attention fully in tact. In addition to rhythmic variations and tempo changes, the band delivers some progressive deviations as well as a few moments of respite to allow the contrast to sink in such as the space rock beginning of “Dead For A Minute.” While labeled as mathcore on many databases, AMERICAN NERVOSO is much more of a progressive metalcore album with some mathcore seeping in once and a while. Regardless of how you classify BOTCH’s debut full-length, it’s certainly a compelling listening experience if you can handle the incessant screamed vocals. BOTCH would release one more album before breaking up but they certainly made their short run count.

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