Botch
American Nervoso


5.0
classic

Review

by OmNomsky USER (3 Reviews)
August 24th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We'll never see them again.

Overlooked and underrated, American Nervoso seems to be the most misunderstood of Botch’s releases. Anthology and We Are the Romans have overshadowed Nervoso in the retrospective manner eleven year’s disbandment can create. With Anthology’s short, digestible length and WATR’s arguably softer tone, Nervoso hardly stood a chance.

Botch's style, said to poineer the mathcore genre, was first introduced through their early E.P.s but was more effectively promulgated by American Nervoso. Botch refined their sound from their first releases into something tasteful yet abrasive. Track after track, Nervoso assaults the ears and mind of the listener in a manner that could make even the most grizzled and callous metalhead cringe. Naturally, this album is best received sadomasochistically. It reminds one of the glory in dissonance, and of the sanguinity in release. Throughout Nervoso, Botch creates a soundscape nearly unheard of prior, and unlikely to be created again.

For an album of such fervor, Nervoso utilizes tension and release remarkably, and in such a way that the album flows smoothly despite the generous use of dissonance. Transitions such as (0:52) of John Woo and (2:33) of Oma balance the sound and give the listener a break, although only to create space for the next incursion. However, at many times it can be difficult to tell the difference between tension and release on Nervoso. A riff will build up just to break into a new riff, equally as tense. That’s not to say it doesn't work however. Take Thank God for Worker Bees, for instance. The initial minute simply features distortion, yet when relieved of that restriction sounds completely different, freer, despite that the actual song remains the same.

Despite the abrasive tone of American Nervoso, many riffs, even entire songs break the mold of what genre-hardcore is assumed to be. Only three tracks in, Dali’s Praying Mantis defies the logic set by the first two tracks, featuring vocals that might be considered comical if they weren’t so unexpectedly tasteful. Then after the intro to Dead for A Minute, it’s back to business as usual (whatever that means). This general unpredictability is present throughout the album, and rather than presenting itself as simple eclecticism- which is less oxymoronic than it sounds- it appears as despondent, unapologetic hysteria.

If your head’s in the right (or wrong) place, American Nervoso can be listened to- and enjoyed- in a single sitting. It may require a touch of psychosis, or taste for the grim satisfaction of burning bridges, but regardless if you have either or both, Nervoso will surely outmatch the sweetest melancholy you've ever tasted.

If you don’t, however, it’s doubtful that you’ll enjoy yourself at all.


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Gwyn.
August 24th 2013


15122 Comments


"We'll never see them again"

:'(

demigod!
August 24th 2013


44569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awesome album i think i like it more than the EP

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DirEnRefused
August 24th 2013


2182 Comments


Worker Bees is probably my favourite Botch track.

Gwyn.
August 24th 2013


15122 Comments


Japam

DirEnRefused
August 24th 2013


2182 Comments


Eurgh, maybe. They were so friggin' consistent. Even random shit like The Wizard is amazing.

DrGoatandTheWagons
August 24th 2013


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best botch

suppatime
August 24th 2013


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this album is wayyy overlooked

wacknizzle
August 24th 2013


13394 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeeeeaaaa boy, this shit rules. Decent review, pos'd although I wouldn't be able to accredit Botch with being the creators of mathcore although it fits their sound well. Dillinger, Coalesce, Converge, Deadguy, and Botch created mathcore nearly at the same time in almost what seems to be a collective unconscious effort discovered through the progression of 90's hardcore.

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Relinquished
August 24th 2013


25100 Comments


yeah these guys took a lot of their sound from deadguy

wacknizzle
August 24th 2013


13394 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

True, and Deadguy are the most likely candidate as the creators of mathcore. Although similar in vein I still think Botch are quite original no matter how much they worshiped Deadguy

Chesse
August 24th 2013


529 Comments


I heart deadguy

KILL
August 24th 2013


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sweet

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Hawks
August 24th 2013


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules.

OmNomsky
August 24th 2013


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"I wouldn't be able to accredit Botch with being the creators of mathcore although it fits their sound well. Dillinger, Coalesce, Converge, Deadguy, and Botch created mathcore nearly at the same time in almost what seems to be a collective unconscious effort discovered through the progression of 90's hardcore."

I'll change that bit.
Anyways, "We'll never see them again" is the first line on the album.

ffs
August 25th 2013


4878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so quick!!

Nikkolae
August 25th 2013


4849 Comments


fuck, i love this band so much

fromtheinside
August 25th 2013


18363 Comments


summary is false.
they just realsed a new album
Wrongdoers

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Laughl13
August 25th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wouldn't say Converge really plays mathcore they're straight hardcore really Dead Guy is my shit though!!

fromtheinside
August 25th 2013


18363 Comments


omg
mathcore is not ANYTHING

otherwise i subtractcore all metalcore

Milpool
August 25th 2013


162 Comments


yea this is my fav Botch just rules too hard
sweet review man, pos
and gr8 av



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