Philadelphia’s BOTIS are now streaming their song “The Magus” over at Captured Howls. The track is from their upcoming album Grand Abominations which will be released in July.
The band’s ambitious debutsuccessfully draws from the wells of black metal, thrash, and mathcore while still leaving metal fans of all sonic preference satisfied. In true DIY fashion, Grand Abominations is a completely self-produced effort with vocalist Peter Hraur taking on the engineering duties. The full-lengthfinds Botis showing their chops in full force- from the tortured shrieks and tasteful guitar work complemented by the unyielding rhythm section, the record plays like an epic and oppressive journey through the Dark Ages and back.
Botis began as a solo project of guitarist and founder Erik Levitsky, who expanded on his concept into a full band. Levitsky tapped vocalist Peter Hraur (current guitarist for progressive power metal band Lör) and drummer Eli Litwin (Knife The Glitter, John Frum) for a demo session in 2014. Eventually, the live Botis lineup was finalized with Levitsky and Hraur locking down members of the extended Lör family in the veteran rhythm section of bassist Graham Noel and drummer Greg Bogart.
Peter Hraur – Vocals
Erik Levitsky – Guitar
Greg Bogart – Drums
Graham Noel – Bass