NewsJuly 17, 2006 9:55 PM ET5,736 views

Botch collection reissue set for release

Official press release: The first in a series of four new Botch titles set for release on Hydra Head Records in the next year, this reissue of the band's long-out of print collection of early seven-inch material, compilation cuts and other rarities provides an incisive look at the germination of Seattle's legendary ass-kickers. Originally released by Excursion Records in 2002, Unifying Themes Redux features sixteen ferocious tracks that only Botch could deliver — complete with weird samples, postmodern anxiety, and unstoppable riffs. Although Botch's two full-lengths and final EP features their most progressive work, Unifying Themes Redux summarizes the creative path that led them to such stellar heights. It's a goldmine of Botch material, with compilation appearances, out-of-print EPs, unreleased tracks, and other collector gems. The John Birch Conspiracy 7" alone warrants the purchase—few acts could do justice to the theme from Conan the Barbarian. Botch is now widely regarded as having redefined hardcore in the mid to late-1990s. Few bands took as many chances, and everyone form Norma Jean to Every Time I Die basically owes them a huge royalty check (or at least major props). If hardcore giants of the time relied on static song structures and bloated breakdowns, Botch embraced off-kilter rhythms, mathy riffage, effects-laden tones and lyrical defiance. Embracing progress defines their oeuvre. These days, the former Botch players forge ahead in These Arms Are Snakes, Minus the Bear, and Roy. True to form, not one of them is treading old ground. Unifying Themes Redux will hit stores on September 26th. Track Listing: 01. God vs. Science 02. Third Part in Tragedy 03. Inch by Inch 04. O Fortuna 05. Closure 06. Contraction 07. Ebb 08. Stupid Me 09. In Spite of This 10. End of Discussion 11. Wounded 12. Liquored Up and Laid 13. Leavers Take on Genesis 14. Rock Lobster 15. Frequenting Mass Transit 16. Sudam

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