| June 29 – July 8, 1999|
Hydra Head Records
| November 1999 (1999-11)|
An Anthology of Dead Ends
American Nervoso, The Unifying Themes o, Now I Got Worry, Calculating Infinity, 061502
We Are the Romans is the second and final studio album by American metalcore band Botch. It was originally released in November 1999 through Hydra Head Records, and a remastered two disc edition was later released on September 11, 2007. A Hydra Head repressing of the vinyl was released on October 25, 2011. The repress sold out on pre-order in under 20 minutes.
"C. Thomas Howell as the 'Soul Man'" has been described by the band as satirizing Racetraitor and "other bands with these very lofty political ideals that seemed like more a marketing tool for the genre of political hardcore rather than a sincere agenda" (Brian Cook). Bassist Brian Cook, who determined many of the song titles, credits J. G. Ballard's book The Atrocity Exhibition as inspiring themes of "the human body as a landscape, and the way that culture and environment sort of dictates the human body and vice versa."
The album had achieved critical reception and would later become an influential work of music on the latter movements of mathcore and metalcore.
All songs written and arranged by Botch.
- "To Our Friends in the Great White North" – 5:10
- "Mondrian Was a Liar" – 2:41
- "Transitions from Persona to Object" – 6:04
- "Swimming the Channel Vs. Driving the Chunnel" – 4:30
- "C. Thomas Howell as the 'Soul Man'" – 4:44
- "Saint Matthew Returns to the Womb" – 3:04
- "Frequency Ass Bandit" – 4:26
- "I Wanna Be a Sex Symbol on My Own Terms" – 3:35
- "Man the Ramparts" – 10:50
- "Thank God for Worker Bees (Remix)" (hidden track) – 7:27
Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.Studio Litho – recording (May 31, 1999 (demos), June 29 – July 8, 1999)
Avast – mixing (July 11–15, 1999)
RFI Mastering – remastering (June 5, 2007)
Graceland, Seattle, WA, USA – live recording of "Saint Matthew Returns to the Womb" and "Transitions from Persona to Object"
unknown venue, Rennes, France – live recording of "Vietmam" and "Hutton's Great Heat Engine"
1To Our Friends in the Great White North5:10We Are the Romans Wikipedia
2Mondrian Was a Liar2:41
3Transitions From Persona to Object6:04