Botch started life in the mid-1990s as hardcore band with a desire to sound like Unbroken, as reflected in the band’s early material. With the American Nervoso LP, Botch superseded the definition of hardcore. There are no rules in this music, right? So no one will mind is a band from the Pacific Northwest combines the intensity of the Jesus Lizard and the intricacy of Rorschach with the fundamental rock-and-roll boogie of Black Flag? That’s right. Botch is from Seattle; a city that’s produced a diverse collection of bands beyond the scope of its grunge reputation.
The conventional wisdom is that Botch’s We are the Romans LP is the band’s masterpiece. This may be true in the context of a forward-thinking math-metal record but, when the goal is to hear mind-warping metalcore, American Nervoso is the hate. This was a reputation-making release for Hydra Head Records. This album is a modern classic and this band is much-missed. You’re out of your mind if you don’t pick up American Nervoso.
Botch – American Nervoso
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