Botanist: Stream Two Tracks Off New Album By The Hammered Dulcimer-Driven Horticultural Black Metal Band

San Franciscan metal outfit Botanist, who John first introduced you to back in 2011, have a new album due out on August 11th titled VI: Flora LP. A couple of tracks have already been released off it and they are typically brilliant – check them out below.

We’re told that VI: Flora is a progression from the misanthropic masterplans of the destruction of mankind at the hands of plants as detailed on the project’s last two albums: 2012’s III: Doom In Bloom  and 2013’s IV: Mandragora. VI: Flora focuses on the wondrous beauty of the plants themselves through a gauzy haze of dream-like sound with the voice of The Botanist acting as spectral underpinning to the reverie.

For those of you unfamiliar with Botanist they are an avant-garde musical project and they’re the world’s first band to use distorted hammered dulcimers as its primary instrumentation. The experimental music further delves into esoterica with a harmonium and a 12-string bass guitar, propelled by unusual drumming that  often features highly atypical time signatures and rhythm shifts. Their albums tell the story of a botanist gone mad at witnessing the destruction of the natural environment at the hands of man. He retreats into a hermitage, surrounding himself with the natural world. In this Verdant Realm, he awaits for the day when humanity will eradicate itself, which will allow for the utopia of flora and fauna to eventually reclaim the earth.

Pre-order VI: Flora now from

Botanist’s website is here: They’re also on Facebook.

The two tracks below are Callistemon followed by Stargazer.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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