BLACK BREATH

Death 'n' Roll / Hardcore Punk / Death Metal • United States
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BLACK BREATH is an American (Seattle, Washington) death metal/thrash metal/ crossover act formed around 2004 - 2005. The band released a demo in 2006, the "Razor to Oblivion" EP in 2008 and finally their debut full-length studio album "Heavy Breathing" in March 2010.

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BLACK BREATH Heavy Breathing album cover 3.31 | 3 ratings
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BLACK BREATH Slaves Beyond Death

Album · 2015 · Death Metal
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Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death

"Slaves Beyond Death" is the third studio album by death/thrash metal band Black Breath. Black Breath started out playing crust punk/crossover thrash, but this album is quite the change in sound being almost pure death metal. Mixing old school death metal with dissonant riffs reminding me of Nile, this is one hell of an addicting album.

The main thing to really say about this album, is that it's incredibly catchy and addicting. Immediately at the beginning with opener 'Pleasure, Pain, Disease', you're assaulted with crushing riffs and once the chaotic drums come in, it becomes one of the most headbang-able songs to ever enter my ears. Mixed with some melodic guitar and dark almost Egyptian-sounding riffs, this song opens up the album up really well getting you ready for the rest of the album. The title track starts out a bit slower, but towards the end you get assaulted with fast furious guitar with a great groove. The aforementioned melodic guitar and Egyptian-styled riffing remains a constant throughout the album, and contrasts well with the passages that are crushing and relentless.

'Seeds of Cain' is a great example of the contrast of dark melodic guitar work and crushing sometimes thrashing parts. One of my favorite tracks, 'A Place of Insane Cruelty' also showcases this very well. I find it nearly impossible to not bang your head while listening to this one. While this is pretty much pure death metal, there is some variation in styles in the instrumentation. The guitar sometimes has a black metal sound to it, and the drums can sound reminiscent of grindcore.

Overall, if you're a fan of death metal or death/thrash, I highly recommend giving this a listen. It's an album full of crushing riffs, dark Egyptian-sounding melodies, and if that sounds good, then I'd say go check it out. Hope you found this review helpful.

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BLACK BREATH Slaves Beyond Death

Album · 2015 · Death Metal
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"Slaves Beyond Death" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US, Seattle, Washington based death metal act Black Breath. The album was released through Southern Lord Recordings in September 2015. Black Breath was founded in 2006 and released their debut full-length studio album "Heavy Breathing" in 2010. On both that release and on their sophomore album "Sentenced to Life (2012)", Black Breath played a hybrid death/thrash/crust style with strong leanings towards especially old school Swedish death metal but still with strong hardcore/crust elements. Something has happened in the three years between albums though, as "Slaves Beyond Death" is a bit different sounding to the two predecessors.

Stylistically the music on "Slaves Beyond Death" is old school Swedish influenced death metal to the bone. The thrash and hardcore/crust influences of the two predecessors are completely gone (save for the occasional D-beat section, which isn´t unusual for old school Swedish death metal anyway), and while you can still hear that it´s Black Breath playing, they have changed their core style quite a bit. There´s been one lineup change since "Sentenced to Life (2012)" as guitarist Zack Muljat has been replaced by Mark Palm. I´m not sure if that change has meant anything to the musical style change, but it´s obvious it´s a conscious decision to get rid of the thrash and hardcore/crust influences.

And what a positive decision that turns out to be. Black Breath were great on their previous releases (including the 2008 "Razor to Oblivion" EP), but this time they are absolutely on fire. They may not play a style of music that is particularly original, but they manage to put their own spin on it, and their songwriting is generally of a high class. They understand the importance of catchiness, of creating memorable riffs, and what a good intro to a song means, but also the importance of an album´s overall flow, and those features are some of things which make "Slaves Beyond Death" a very special release. There´s brutality and aggression in the music, but there´s also just the right amount of melody and morbid atmosphere to balance them out and make the album a varied listen. The rhythms are also relatively varied throughout the album, which is another thing that ensures diversity.

The musicianship is on a high level throughout the album. Great tight yet organic playing, brutal yet intelligible aggressive growling vocals, and some really well played guitar solos and lead themes. The latter is especially present in the 7:47 minutes long instrumental closer "Chains of the Afterlife", which proves to be an absolutely brilliant way of ending the album. It´s not that the rest of the album features loads of solos or lead themes, but when they appear they always make a positive difference on the music. It never comes off as too accessible, so the brutality factor, or if you will old school death metal credibility, remains high throughout.

"Slaves Beyond Death" features a raw and powerful sound production, which brings out the best in the music. The guitar tone is unmistakably the sound of Sunlight Studios, and because of it I´m often reminded of early Dismember, while listening to the album. Upon conclusion "Slaves Beyond Death" is to my ears an absolutely brilliant old school styled death metal album. Black Breath has brought together all the essential elements of the genre and combined them in a most effectful way, which should leave fans of the genre headbanging and growling along (yes some of the choruses are that catchy) for years to come. A 5 star (100%) rating is fully deserved.

BLACK BREATH Heavy Breathing

Album · 2010 · Death 'n' Roll
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Black Breath's sweaty, Black Flag-inspired blackened death 'n' roll crust punk thrash metal horror show sound got its start here, and whilst I think it came together a bit better on Sentenced to Life I find Heavy Breathing to be a reasonably credible debut for the group. This time around I think the hardcore punk influences are somewhat moree overt - though subtlety really isn't one of Black Breath's strong points, I think the balance of the album is more towards their punk side whereas the successor drew out their metal side a little more, and where metal does intrude here it isn't quite as smoothly integrated as it is on the successor. The end result is crusty and dirty as hell and is a lot of fin with it, and is definitely worth a try unless you really don't like hyper-aggression in your music, but I'd still say Sentenced to Life should be your first port of call.

BLACK BREATH Sentenced to Life

Album · 2012 · Death 'n' Roll
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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.

BLACK BREATH Sentenced to Life

Album · 2012 · Death 'n' Roll
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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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