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An Anthology Of Dead Ends EP

An Anthology Of Dead Ends EP

March 5, 2009
4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Botch are one band that will be sorely missed by avid noise freaks like myself. Words like "genius" get thrown around a lot, but these guys may well have deserved such a label. Even in a somewhat crowded noisecore/math-metal field (think Meshggah, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Burnt By the Sun, Converge, Coalesce, etc.), they more than managed to stake out their own ground during their all-too-brief career. Their inventiveness was immense, their songwriting ability limitless, and their musicianship nothing short of incredible. And they left us with a classic valedictory in the form of "An Anthology of Dead Ends."
What has always struck me first when listening to Botch is that utterly amazing guitar sound that Dave Knudson so effortlessly conjured up. Conventional riffage is almost nowhere to be found here; in its place is one of the most mind-warping displays of technical wankery in recent history. Knudson cranks out an unpredictable onslaught of astringent noise that lends itself perfectly to the band's freeform song structures without ever going over the top. Throw in some fearsome, screamed vocals and drumming that's all over the map and you've got everything noisecore is supposed to be on one little 20-minute disc.
Since the opener "Spaim" is only about 10 seconds long and the closing "Micaragua" is more or less a filler track tacked on at the end, the meat of this disc is found in the middle four songs. The first three, "Japam," "Framce," and "Vietmam," are all sonic roller coasters, suddenly shifting form just as you're starting to get a grasp of what's going on. "Japam" is probably the most fascinating, brilliantly exploiting dynamics as it slows down and speeds up for a true mental bludgeoning.
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By A Customer on November 26, 2002
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Botch was one of the most amazing metal/hardcore bands of all time. Their guitar lines were mind-numbingly complex and the lyrics had a great black humor to them. There simply was no one else like Botch and very few bands (Coalesce, Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cave In...) in their class. This EP is their final release ever as Botch played their last show over the summer in Seattle. Botch apparently decided to go out on top b/c this album is amazing. There are only 6 songs (only 4 of which have lyrics) but it's worth every penny. There are no lame breakdowns or chugging parts, there's no whiny singing, there's no tough guy posturing. This is hardcore/metal the way it should be done. The songs on this album feature Botch's characteristic time signature changes and complex guitar lines (their guitarist was called the best guitar player in North America by AP Press shortly before Botch broke up). If this were a full-length, it might even rival the awe-inspiring "We Are the Romans" LP. The last "real" song on the EP "Afghamistam" is a slow song with singing and even piano and strings at the end and it turns out to be one of the best things Botch has ever recorded. Botch went out like Michael Jordan, as the best ever in their field. Buy this album and you won't regret it.
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I don't know how they do it...but Botch are simply incredible, being instantaneously catchy and technical with their amazing musical chops and songwriting abilities. I'm going to keep this review short just like this album...if you're into or just getting into the "scene" and haven't heard Botch do yourself a favor and pick up "We are the Romans" and "Anthology of Dead Ends", you won't regret it. Easily some of the best noisecore ever made.
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I bought this completely on impulse and was not dissapointed. From the first note to slow, swelling, grinding finale, this lil' EP satisfies. It opens with what has to be one of the most disjointed riffs ever written (their guitarist is a genius) then immediately moves on to track two and procedes to stomp on your face with a track that has some of coolest transitions I have ever heard, it just goes from there, get the idea? If you like hardcore, you need this.
I think all bands wish they could go out with as much class as Botch did. These guys went out at the top of their game.
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Sadly, I didn't hear about botch until after they had broken up, but after seeing guitarist dave knudson play live (with minus the bear) I knew that I had to listen to some of their stuff. This was the first cd of theirs I listened to and it just blew me away. This cd is amazing. Although yes, it is very short (and the song names are weird), it is still all encompassing and it is a great introduction into Botch's music. The first song, Spaim, is just a short 14 second intro and I don't really care too much for it. Next up is Japam, which is probably my favorite song on the album. This song is heavy yet melodic and the guitar just screams technical throughout the whole song. The same can be said for the next two songs, Framce and Vietmam, and although I would describe them similarly to Japam, all three songs are very different from each other. The one thing they share in common is that they are all very excellent songs. Afghamistam is the longest and slowest of all the songs, but even though its slow I still think that it is a great song. It just hits you in a certain way that the other heavier songs can't. The last song is Micaragua, and this song starts out by building up with a massive drum solo, and then just when you would expect it, it gets extremely heavy. Overall the cd is very good, and even though it is short I would recommend it to anyone as an ample introduction to the music of Botch. Give it a listen, I'm sure you won't be disappointed (if you can find it, amazon doesn't like to keep it in stock).
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