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Botanist – “Dracula Vampira” (Track Premiere)

Green Metal

Mother Nature speaks in sharp tongues: earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis, etc.. So-called “green metal” proposes another language. One intense enough to capture nature’s almighty power, but also humbled in reverence. Remember, it was Mother Nature who gifted us the Himalayas, the fjords of Norway, and basically all of Colorado.

Undoubtedly 2014’s VI: Flora seated Botanist dead-center for this role. The transcendent build-ups tied with soft blast beats give a hard structure to the nature aspect. The emotional cascades, though, are blackened just enough to portray the dramas of organic life and death. This was all done without guitars.

Check out our exclusive stream of “Dracula Vampira” from the upcoming Botanist / Oskoreien split, EP3: Green Metal / Deterministic Chaos. Think spring blossom versus torrential downpour here: it involves gentle snare hits, non-distorted chord progressions, and a reasonable length. Imagery is key, the vocals whisper darkly and the synth rides steady; there’s an intriguing forest out there, one to save.

EP3: Green Metal / Deterministic Chaos is due on October 15 via Avantgarde, featuring five Botanist songs and two by Oskoreien. Pre-orders are available on Bandcamp now. Bonus: read Botanist’s biography here.

—Andrew Rothmund

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