Botanist has the market cornered. The San Francisco one man black-metal team eshews the traditional guitars in favor of the eerie sounds of the hammered dulcimer, an instrument that may be familiar to NYCers via Chinese street performers in our train stations. The trade-off makes for a unique sound; the instrument's somewhat atonal tendencies creates a feeling of dread that permeates Botanist's double release, I: The Suicide Tree and II: A Rose From The Dead. For the concerned, yes, Botanist features plenty of the blasting/death-growling that the corpse-painted hordes have grown so accustomed to, but its this odd, off-putting instrument that gives Botanist a truly peculiar and particular sound unlike anything today. Highly recommended.
Word is that Botanist will take this show on the road, so we'll keep our eyes open. Until then, stream Botanist's double LP (out now via Tumult) in its entirety below.
Botanist - I: The Suicide Tree by brooklynvegan
Botanist - II_ A Rose From The Dead by brooklynvegan