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Album · 2012

Filed under Thrash Metal


1. Feast of the Damned (2:52)
2. Sentenced to Life (2:24)
3. Forced into Possession (1:57)
4. Home of the Grave (3:30)
5. Endless Corpse (4:31)
6. Mother Abyss (2:33)
7. Of Flesh (3:33)
8. Doomed (2:00)
9. The Flame (4:09)
10. Obey (5:13)

Total Time 32:42


- Elijah Nelson / Bass
- J. Byrum / Drums
- E. Wallace / Guitars
- F. Funds / Guitars
- Neil McAdams / Vocals

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Southern Lord Recordings, March 27th, 2012

The band recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou.
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side.

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"Sentenced to Life" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US thrash/death/crust act Black Breath. The album was released through Southern Lord Recordings in March 2012. The group created quite a stir with "Heavy Breathing (2010)" and with "Sentenced to Life" they are now ready to deliver another album loaded with aggressive tunes.

The music on "Sentenced to Life" is a hybrid of thrash, death and crust/hardcore. As such there´s little new under the sun compared to "Heavy Breathing (2010)", but it´s obvious the band have honed their songwriting craft and musicianship and that the tracks on "Sentenced to Life" are even more effectful and memorable than were the case on the debut. From the opening notes of "Feast of the Damned" to the closing notes of "Obey" you are attacked by brutal buzzing guitar riffs in the old school Swedish "Sunlight" death metal style and sound, hardcore punked drumming and a raw and shouting "hardcore" type vocalist spitting out caustic aggression. Add a bit of early Slayer influence to the mix and you pretty much have the sound of Black Breath. The music on the album is generally very energetic and head bang inducing too and with a total playing time of 32:42 "Sentenced to Life" is the kind of album that´s almost over before you notice it. No fillers here.

The band are very well playing and the sound production is raw and powerful. Something that suits the music perfectly. Upon conclusion "Sentenced to Life" is simply a high quality energetic extreme metal album that´ll leave you bleeding in the gutter. While that may not sound very pleasant, I´ll take the beating and enjoy it. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.
On Sentenced to Life Black Breath play a variety of blackened thrash metal which is skewed much more towards the thrash end of things, with black metal and other extreme metal influences sprinkled on for flavour, plus the occasional nod to hardcore punk in the vein of early Black Flag. Indeed, the cover art rather reminds me of a mashup of the cover concepts of Black Flag's Damaged and Metallica's Kill 'Em All, and certainly the album ably competes with both of those for sheer unrestrained anger and aggression. Imagine if Reign In Blood-era Slayer got in a car accident with very early Mayhem, and the mad paramedics from the punk rock hospital put the body parts together randomly. Yes, it's that good.

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