Tales from Bandcamp: VI: Flora by Botanist

a3582904927_10While it’s been quite a long time since black metal has evolved from its anarchistic, church burning beginnings, it still amazes me how far the genre has come.  Bands like Deafheaven, Agalloch, Moonsorrow, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Septicflesh have taken the genre in such wildly different directions and opened up what was a very closed community to many more fans.  And to be completely honest, I would have never learned to appreciate tr00 kvlt black metal if it weren’t for those bands (and Emperor) easing me into the insane harshness of the genre.

Now taking the genre down a different path is Botanist.  Utilizing major keys, a love of Sonic Youth, and a dulcimer (it’s an instrument in case you’re wondering) Botonist have crafted ‘happy black metal’.  Flowers, plants, love for nature, all that lovely stuff personified in the music really make their new record, VI: Flora, pop.  Thematically, the record is very black metal. It recounts a tale of a man becoming a hermit to escape all the hate and pain of the world and to surround himself with the beauty of nature and await the day when humanity eradicates its self and Mother Earth can reclaim and begin to regrow.  Anyhoo, environmentalist warnings aside, this is a beautiful record filled with sounds and themes yet to be explored in black metal.

This is one of the more unique records I’ve heard this year and it’s well worth your time, if only to hear how far black metal has come since the days of Mayhem and Darkthrone.  Give a listen and let us know what you think.  And as always, if you like what you hear, toss the artist a few bucks and grab a download of the record.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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About RiffRaff

Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on August 12, 2014, in Tales From Bandcamp & Full Album Streams and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I usually keep pretty good track of albums from Flenser Records (great label, both Wreck And Reference and Mamaleek released experimental black metal albums this year well worth listening to!), but somehow I’ve missed Botanist’s new one. Thanks for a good description of it, on the fourth track now and I already want to buy the album. It bothered me a tiny bit at first that the volume of the singing was very low, but it figured itself out as the music went on. Dreamy 🙂

    • The low volume on the vocals took me for a spin at first too, but like you, once they settled in they worked out really nice there.
      I gave a listen to that Wreck and Reference album, and while not something I can listen to repeatedly, it’s quite unique and interesting. I’ve seen that Mamaleek name on the Bandcamp recommendation thingy, will have to give it a listen.

      • Yeah, those are not everyday listening, both are challenging, dense and quite disturbing. Which I like. It’s no fun if it’s too easy 😉

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