For much of the '90s Botch were among the best in
hardcore/punk. Anytime someone attempts to
pigeon-hole the genre I drop their name as a
glorious exception to the rule. Granted, there are
thousands of exceptions to the stereotypes, but few
are this exceptional.
On to the music. The 2nd song (first real song on
the disc) is embelmatic. An eruption of off kilter time
signatures, noise, hard riffage, culminating in a
devastating breakdown. Think hooks...hammer-ons,
grooves, it's all here. Even a hint of odd pop... but
only a hint.
I saw Botch in the fall of 2000 and came away
impressed. I had been a fan of their recorded
material and was happy with the live product as well.
Thankfully, this CD is of the enhanceed variety and
contains a music video for our listening pleasure. I
understand that a full length DVD is in the works.