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Here's another selection from my rather metal-heavy pile this week. This one's from California's Botanist and is the sixth in a lengthy series of albums which will eventually make up a grand sci-fi/fantasy narrative about "The Botanist", a twisted scientist who lives in the "Verdant Realm", isolated from humanity and its crimes against nature, plotting their downfall. No, really.
I'm not sure what I'd call it...redemptive metal, maybe? Life metal? There's a lot of uplifting melodies and big shimmering multi-guitar chords, along with drums and vocals buried low in the mix, black metal style. In places it has that consistently frantic smoothness that keep bringing to mind Burzum's 'Filosofem' or a higher-fidelity Darkthrone, but there's a fist-pumping cheeseball positivity buried not far below the surface in a way which keeps making me think of a cross between Fucked Up and Deafheaven. It could be much worse. When they really unleash their full distorted power on tracks like 'Cinnamomum Parthenoxylon' it's undeniably powerful and dramatic and accessible all at once.
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