Botanist, III: Doom in Bloom / Allies

I know a lot of people were initially enamored with Botanist when the first album, I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From the Dead came out, and I will admit that said double album did have it's moments, but something about it never clicked with me as well as I felt it probably should have. Given the unique sound and creative originality of Botanist (metal-oriented music made with the hammered dulcimer, among other instruments, and conceptually approached from the point of view of The Botanist, a scientist who lives in seclusion, far from man and his crimes against nature, waiting for the day that humans die off or kill one another off, when the Earth will once again be the kingdom of the Plants, making everything green again), I guess I felt like I would enjoy it more than I did. Perhaps the blame is my own, because when I find myself listening to it now, I am intrigued and quite honestly, rather mystified by the experience. I've found that the music of Botanist must be an integrated experience, and is best experienced with art and lyrics in hand, away from the humdrum of our modern lives.

Be that as it may, the second Botanist album is now upon us, and as I've spent most of my morning taking this one in, it's spoken to me immediately. There is something very majestic about this album, titled III: Doom in Bloom (which comes with a companion disc called Allies), and as I don't have much more time to devote to this post, I will leave it at that. This album features art from the incomparable M.S. Waldron (irr. app. (ext.), Nurse With Wound, etc.). You can stream it, and purchase the download and/or double CD here. The lyrics, which are an essential part of the eerie Botanist experience, are also posted there.

Do yourself a a favor and make time in your busy life to check out both of Botanist's works; they deserve any and all attention that they get. When guitar-driven metal bores you, you can take refuge in Botanist. For more information, I point you in the direction of an interview than Nathan T. Birk of Zero Tolerance did, that was posted on The Inarguable at the end of last year.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonder why you mention and praise only certain labels, and others you omit.
Give it a thought.

Anonymous said...

Might have something to do with taste and what they're paying attention to. The last post had no label.

Krumbled Kookie said...

Has little to do with labels, in all honesty, It has everything to do with the quality of the music. Some labels just continuously put out great music that hits me in the right places. Some labels are hit or miss, and some labels just don't put out a lot of great music.

So it's about the music, not the label.

And if you're thinking it's because some labels send me free stuff while others don't - think again. Most of the "free" stuff I get is in the way of digital promos. I get a good amount of physical stuff in the mail as well (mostly from artists rather than labels), and when I get a chance to listen to it, and it strikes me, I write about it. Again, it's about the music.

What should be obvious is that I (we) do not get a chance to write about everything.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't clear enough in the first post.

With some of the music that is displayed on this site, you take a great deal writing about the labels in expansion.
While on others, you ignore the label on writes solely on the band.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a part of any label, but can not wonder as to the nature of the writer experience with the mentioned labels.