Posted by Imperator on 27th February, 2023 @ 21:47 UTCBy Imperator on 27-02-2023 @ 21:47 UTC

The song is titled "Angel's Trumpet", and is the fifth track from the project's upcoming album, "VIII: Selenotrope", due for release in May.

New Botanist song streaming online
New Botanist song streaming online

Californian Post-Black Metal nature lovers United States Botanist are getting ready to release what will be their eighth studio album, "VIII: Selenotrope", on the 19th of May via Prophecy Productions. While we wait, the album's fifth song, "Angel's Trumpet", was made available for streaming on the label's website:


The label took the opportunity to comment on the album's themes and the project's distinctive musical approach:

The title "VIII: Selenotrope" refers to plants that flower nocturnal in the moonlight. BOTANIST's characteristic sound of the hammered dulcimer combines perfectly with now predominantly clean vocals that often arranged into multi-layered choirs entangle this highly dynamic album with its predecessors. The result is a singular piece of music that takes from all directions including avant-garde, progressive, experimental, post-metal, and other possible descriptions - the validity of which, very much depends on each individual listener. "VIII: Selenotrope" is not made to fit into just one drawer.

When composer, lyricist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Otrebor created the San Francisco based BOTANIST in 2009, he already had a specific lyrical concept in mind that has persisted to permeate all his releases until and including today.

All songs of this project are told from the perspective of a protagonist called "The Botanist". He is characterised as a crazed man of science that lives in self-imposed exile, as far away from Humanity and its crimes against Nature as possible. In his sanctuary of fantasy and wonder, which he calls "The Verdant Realm", "The Botanist" surrounds himself with plants and flowers to find solace in the company of the natural world, while he envisions the destruction of mankind. Seated upon his throne of Veltheimia, "The Botanist" awaits the time of humanity's self-eradication, which will allow plants to cover planet Earth in green once again. BOTANIST's lyrics are equally informed by scientific nomenclature as they are inspired by Romantic-era poetry, art, and philosophy.

In a striking departure from traditional metal instrumentation, Otrebor uses distorted hammered dulcimers instead of guitars. This also marks BOTANIST as the first band to adapt magnetic pickups to hammered dulcimer, and perform on stage. Stylistically, the Americans earlier paid tribute to the mentality of some of the pioneering Scandinavian black metal bands' connection to nature, before spinning the dark yarn into new sonic and emotional fabrics. To BOTANIST, the black metal trope about misanthropy and of being alone in the forest is in fact about the woods and its floral inhabitants themselves. Each named plant becomes its own character in the ever growing pantheon of the project's "green metal" discography.

The cover art was created by German artist Benjamin König, perhaps better known as Aran of Germany Lunar Aurora fame:

Botanist Viii Selenotrope

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