I feel I shouldn’t have to say more, as the band is legendary in and of itself. From their insane live shows to their constant break ups due to conflict, to the musical boundaries they push and the legacy they always leave behind, this band is revered by many, imitated by few, and mastered by none. Like most people, I discovered them through their song “You Can’t Kill Us All,” which lead me on a spree of hearing more, ultimately falling down the rabbit hole to their first proper full length “Give Them Rope” (remastered in 2004 as “Give Them Rope She Said Ver. 2.0“).
American Nervoso is Botch’s oft-overlooked, nearly always underrated first proper record. It appeared via seminal avant-hardcore label Hydra Head Records in 1998, and since about a year later, when the band released their best known album We Are the Romans, American Nervoso has dwelled in its shadow, like the ugly friend from Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings. Continue Reading
If spring makes you think of weird time signatures and dissonance, you are not alone. We here at Svbterranean have decided to dedicate the month of March to that little genre known as “mathcore”. Throughout the month, we will be posting about some of our favorite releases that have become affiliated with the genre in our oh so cleverly-named series, March Madness. These are records that we are either personally fond of, or ones that we find significant in some way. Expect to rediscover old favorites or discover something new this month.
Before anyone says anything, we will not be covering The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Calculating Infinity or Botch’s We Are the Romans. That’s not to say these artists won’t make an appearance in this series, but we feel these particular albums are generally regarded as the Holy Books of the genre and it would be too easy to write about them. Even though we do agree they are totally sick.
Please feel free to leave comments telling us your thoughts on the particular record(s), your favorite mathcore releases, or how much our opinions suck. Enjoy.