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General information
origin Tacoma , United States
Genre (s) Mathcore , Metalcore
founding 1993
resolution 2002
Founding members
Dave Verellen
Dave Knudson
Electric bass , vocals
Brian Cook
Tim Latona
Last occupation
Dave Verellen
Electric guitar
Dave Knudson
Electric bass, vocals
Brian Cook
Tim Latona

Botch was an American math and metalcore band from Tacoma , Washington that was formed in 1993 and split in 2002.

Band history

In 1993, school friends Dave Verellen (vocals), Dave Knudson (electric guitar), Brian Cook (electric bass, vocals) and Tim Latona (drums) founded the band Botch. They started writing their first songs and recorded their first demo in 1995 . In 1997 the band released the compilation The Unifying Themes of Sex, Death and Religion under Excursion Records . The sound carrier contained the songs of the already released singles Faction and The John Birch Conspiracy Theory , as well as the song I Just Can't Live Without it , which had already appeared on the compilation Anti Death Penalty .

After the band had signed a record deal with Hydra Head Records , the band's second album was released in May 1998 under the name American Nervoso . The third album We Are the Romans followed in November 1999 . In 2002 the band finally broke up. Between 2006 and 2007 Hydra Head Records re-released a number of albums.

After Botch broke up, the musicians were involved in various newly formed bands from the Seattle area, including Minus the Bear , Russian Circles and These Arms Are Snakes .


The band is an important representative of mathcore and metalcore. The song structures are complex and the vocals are very aggressive.


Studio albums

  • 1998: American Nervoso (Hydra Head Records)
  • 1999: We Are the Romans (Hydra Head Records)


  • 1994: Blind… From Youth Installed (self-distribution)
  • 1995: Faction (World of Hurt Records / Threshold Records)
  • 1996: The John Birch Conspiracy Theory (Phyte Records)
  • 2002: An Anthology of Dead Ends (Hydra Head Records)


  • 1997: The Unifying Themes of Sex, Death and Religion (Excursion Records)
  • 2002: Unifying Themes Redux (Excursion Records)

Split CDs

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Botch - The Unifying Themes Of Sex, Death, And Religion , accessed January 15, 2013.
  2. ^ Garry Sharpe-Young : New Wave of American Heavy Metal . Zonda Books, New Plymouth 2005, ISBN 0-9582684-0-1 , pp. 68 .
  3. ^ Scott: Break-ups: Botch (1993-2002) , accessed January 15, 2013.
  4. Botch American Nervoso , accessed January 15, 2013.
  5. Botch We Are The Romans , accessed January 15, 2013.
  6. Botch Unifying Themes Redux , accessed January 15, 2013.
  7. ^ Matthias Olejnik: Botch "We Are The Romans" , accessed on January 15, 2013.