This all started with the usual amount of internet and message board shit-talking and rumor mills. People have been clamoring for Botch reissues for quite some time now. Unless you picked up We Are The Romans when first released and/or represses a second, you’d be pretty shit outta luck and resort to eBay for absurd prices.
So the rumor mill went into high gear around late August. Was Hydra Head really repressing Botch‘s We Are The Romans?!?! OMG!!! That is so awesome. But wait…is this true?!?!
In typical HH fashion they teased fans left and right until fnally confirmed that the damn 2xLP was getting reissued. It turns out that they had a number of record-less jackets sitting around in a warehouse somewhere and figured why the hell not, let’s repress the record. Oh, their sense of humor and timing. Ha!
– This is it, the big one! Overstatement or hyperbole isn’t possible when describing how critical this full length was to the progress of metallic hardcore. Along with pretty much every band we have worked with in the past 10 years (you know what we are talking about…Cave In, Converge, Coalesce, Knut), Botch took hardcore to unexplored realms.
– Presented here in its original 2xLP packaging and pressed from the original vinyl plates, this repressing includes the 2007 remastered deluxe edition 2xCD as an added bonus. CD 1 features the remastered original record, while CD 2 contains several live tracks and nearly every track from Romans in their never-before-heard live-in-the-studio demo-form. The point we are trying to make is this thing is freakin’ awesome…
White/orange/blue haze A/B + Black/orange/blue C/D (out of 200)
Overall a very solid reissue. Great colors that match the artwork perfectly. And sounds phenomenal! It couldn’t have been made any better.
The rumor mill is at it again with word that Hydra Head may reissue the rest of Botch‘s releases. That’s fine by me. The only Botch record I have is the Unifying Themes Redux 2xLP on gold that was released by Garden of Exile a long time ago. Stumbled upon that one from a distro that has long since gone under.
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