Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Botanist - III: Doom in Bloom (2012)

Strange, black metal-ish solo project from ye olde San Francisco. Musically, it has many of the elements that one might expect from depressive, post-y black metal - slow tempos, drawn out dissonant and minor chords, sorrowful melodies, raspy howls, blown out production style - but with hammered dulcimer in place of guitar. The fragile chimes of the dulcimer find an excellent counterpoint in the pounding, hard-hit drums and aforementioned howls, giving the album as a whole a harsh, harrowing, but strangely warm and inviting sound. Also, it's all about plants, I think?

Here's his bandcamp. If you like what you hear, I strongly recommend that you head over there and pick up his excellent newest full-length, IV: Mandragora.

Track listing:
-Disc One-
1. Quoth Azalea, the Demon (Rhododendoom II)
2. Deathcap
3. Ganoderma Lucidum
4. Vriesea
5. Ocimum Sanctum
6. Amanita Virosa
7. Panax
-Disc Two-
1. The Ejaculate on the Petals of the Femme Orchid, Part 1
2. The War of All Against All
3. Cordyceps
4. Total Entarchy
5. Nymphaea Carulea
6. It Lives Again
7. The Ejaculate on the Petals of the Femme Orchid, Part 2

A rose from the dead

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