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"the addition of the other musicians is a very positive experience and gives the project a sense of completion that the previous albums were missing." -- Vlakorados, Aristocrazia (Translated from Italian)


The Quietus names as Collective: The Shape of He to Come #41 on its Top 100 Albums of 2017 list.

"While I love, love, love the Botanist’s trademark acoustic, one man, eco-apocalyptic green metal, Collective: The Shape Of He To Come is a fantastic and welcome leap forward for the project. After seven albums in as many years, Californian Otrebor has expanded the Botanist to become a band with multiple vocalists - somehow without compromising their unique sound." --  John Doran, The Quietus


"Botanist’s latest is undeniably the single most beautiful metal album you’ll hear all year." -- W's AOTY 2017 list (#5/10), Toilet ov Hell


Metal Injection places at #8/10 on its Top Albums of 2017 list.


Metal Hammer names Collective: The Shape of He to Comeas #91/100 on their Album of the Year 2017 list.


"The vocal melodies are enrapturing" -- Brian Krasman, Meat Mead Metal, on Collective: The Shape of He to Come


The Agit Reader reviews Collective: The Shape of He to Come


Botanist completes 21-date solo European tour.


"The title track is essentially percussive, but the choir-like vocals are almost sacred." -- MG reviews Collective: The Shape of He to Come for German blog African Paper


"The uncanny ability to elevate their music through the ethereal qualities they append to it is something astonishing (...) it seems like the six full-length albums and three EPs might have taken a slight toll on the creativity of the mainman" -- Spyros Stasis, Scene Point Blank



Collective: Setlist 2017, comprising re-recorded songs by Botanist live lineup 2.0, released on cassette by Favonian.


"Otrebor, le Vindsval américain? Bonne chance pour le copier, celui-ci. The Shape of He to Come est beau comme un rêve, un rêve vécu à travers les yeux empoisonnés de son rêveur" --  Ikea, Thashocore 


"the music [bathes] in a semi-religious aura." -- Sam, Grimm Gent


"Botanist has always thrived by providing that dissonant yet sweeping quality, and here those feelings are amplified by the use of a more fleshed out approach." -- Kyle McGinn, Dead Rhetoric

"It is like the musical equivalent of feeling nature's tender embrace coil around you, only to discover the acute thorns sheathed within the penduncle grasp. In that sense, this record is similar to nature itself, as they both are capable of being beautiful and abhorrent." -- Porky, Sputnik Music

"Botanist sounds new and interesting again!" -- Daev Tremblay, Can This Even Be Called Music?


"There’s a borderline religious level of reverence accompanying the grandiose, cascading note progressions, and for much of the album, the effect is completely captivating." -- Eldritch Elitist, Angry Metal Guy, on Collective: The Shape of He to Come

"My advice? Strap on your hiking boots. Allow yourself to be led on this particular journey. Pack out what you pack in." -- Rick Jackson, Transcending Obscurity

"Combined with brutal blast beats and intense, dramatic riffs and leads that would work well on a Deafheaven disc, the ghostly, evocative and choir-like vocals, as well as the insane, choppy screams all seem like one big puzzle." -- Stephan Rajchl, Metal1 (translated from German)


Collective: The Shape of He to Come is released by Avantgarde Music (CD) and Favonian (LP)


Otrebor abandons the Mandrake Legion project due to lack of financial sense.


"The Shape of He to Come sounds holy, the musical equivalent of a religious experience" -- Richter, Toilet ov Hell


"le tout se situant dans un maelstrom incroyable de sonorités plus alambiquées les unes que les autres. Et on ne parlera même pas de la médiocrité incroyable des chants clairs" -- Maxime, Heidnir Webzine


"to call the work of the instruments any less than cinematic would be a crime. "  -- Vinterd, Head-Banger Reviews


"Black metal about orchids? Yeah, I'm there." -- Third Eye Cinema, February 1, 2017

Marieke van Harselaar writes a review of the Botanist / Oskoreien split in Dutch over at Ragherrie.


The never-before-published demo song "Forced March" from proto-Botanist project Cestus published in "Inside 'Helleborus Niger' (part 2)."


Otrebor recommends a couple late-'90s demos from an obscure Finnish melodic death/power/goth metal band on the Mandrake Legion.


"Inside 'Helleborus Niger' (part 1)" looks at the myths and botanical aspects that inspired the song from Botanist "I: The Suicide Tree."


Otrebor recommends a Bohren album for the week of February 13 on the Mandrake Legion.


"Inside 'Dracocephalum'" is the first "behind the scenes" look into Botanist's music posted to the Mandrake Legion.


Botanist launches the Mandrake Legion, a subscription-based crowd funding group on Patreon to provide members with exclusive recordings and content. The proceeds from the page will help fund Botanist's continued live plans and rehearsal space. First weekly album recommendation posted on February 6, 2017.


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