‘Shrieking soldiers … wiping clean the earth’: hearing apocalyptic environmentalism in the music of Botanist

  title={‘Shrieking soldiers … wiping clean the earth’: hearing apocalyptic environmentalism in the music of Botanist},
  author={Olivia R. Lucas},
  journal={Popular Music},
  pages={481 - 497}
Abstract This article presents a case study of ecocritical black metal, delving into the apocalypticism of the California-based black metal band Botanist, who conjures a world in which plants have violently destroyed human civilisation. It first contextualises Botanist amidst the broader current of environmentalism in extreme metal as well as within wider cultural explorations of plants as subjective beings capable of violence. The article then examines how Botanist taps into the logic of… 
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