Album Botch, Re-Mastered
posted by July 16 at 14:30 PMon
Hydrahead Records just released a re-issue of Botchís mammoth debut full-length American Nervoso, re-tooled by engineer Matt Bayles. It wasnít until I listened to the re-mastered version that I realized how much better the original could sound. The new version sounds amazing Ė the guitars are bigger and clearer, the drums are more full, everything is crisp and sharp. Bayles made the sound quality finally match the hugeness of the instrumentation. I stand by my convictions that this album is not only Botchís best release, but arguably one of the greatest and most progressive hardcore/metal albums ever made. It saw Botch move away from blasty straight-edge (with the snare drum that sounds like an overturned bucket) into blistering guitar textures and massive climaxes that became the basis for hordes of kids around the world trying to start metal bands (none of whom have been able to duplicate it adequately). The disc also has some early demos that were recorded at Jake Snyderís parentís house way back in the day, which are cool for nerds (like me) who want to hear the evolution of the writing and sculpting of their songs. It shows the transition process from their first two seven inches into what they did on the album, which, stylistically, was a pretty huge departure/improvement. It pioneered a whole new movement in hardcore and metal, and was responsible for a lionís share of my happiness during the mid to late nineties. Memories of seeing them perform these songs at the RCKCNDY are like a beautiful dream I know Iím never going to have again. Sigh. So it goes. At least when I blast Nervoso on my stereo from now on it will sound fucking awesome.