Review: Botch

“Unifying Themes Redux”
(Excursion Records)

It’s tough to say, considering the awe-inspiring music this recently fallen band has made, but this is for completists only.  Combining all of the songs from, “The Unifying Themes of Sex, Death, and Religion” CD with 7 additional tracks, including the, “John Birch Conspiracy Theory” 7″, the “Faction” 7″ (including one previously unreleased song from that recording session), the split 7″s with The Murder City Devils and nineironspitfire, the “I Can’t Live Without It”, “Brewing”, and “All About Friends” compilations, and an instrumental from the demo recordings of their final release on Hydra Head, this is a hearty sock in the nuts for all who loved them. Botch was technical ecstasy. Like Fugazi gone Slayer, Botch made the sounds that bands the world over have wet dreams about. So good it hurts. Even the cover of “Rock Lobster”.