Breach
Venom


4.0
excellent

Review

by JAV USER (12 Reviews)
April 8th, 2010 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent album from one of the most under appreciated bands of the last decade.

Fans of The Ocean will probably recognize vocalist Tomas Hallbom’s described “Scandivian hollering” from the albums Aeolian and Precambrian. His voice is perfectly suited to the ardent riffing of his fellow band mates, just abrasive enough to be menacing while being clear enough you can usually understand him without it being overly difficult.

Falling somewhere between Converge and Black Sabbath, Breach relies on quick pacing and a somewhat simple approach to songwriting. The majority of the songs rumble along without becoming exceedingly technical or masturbatory while remaining very precise. I recall seeing one review describing it as Breach taking you into a dark room only to run off with the light, which is pretty accurate considering there is a foreboding sense of ominous dread throughout the album’s run time. In spite of this it’s easy to tell they’re enjoying themselves considering 'Helldrivers' starts the album with a drum intro and a belch.

The drumming itself is excellent, commanding songs like 'Diablo' and 'Black Sabbath' giving them an almost funky beat while the strings repeat catchy thundering riffs, try not to bang your head too hard. The majority of the songs aren’t quite as catchy as those two lacking the distinctive hooks that set them apart. That’s not to say the rest aren’t good since it’s likely you’ll enjoy every minute of energetic playing Breach have to offer. 'Common Day' is very reminiscent of something off 'We Are the Romans' era Botch which is ironic since it was released around the same time. Tracks like 'Ghee', 'Pleasuredome' and 'Path of Conscience' fly along at a blistering pace with frenetic drumming and solid riffs.

There are quite a few instrumental tracks which to me indicates the confidence they have in their songwriting, not requiring a vocal hook or obscure lyrics to keep your attention. That's not to say that the lyrics are not well written, creepy or odd. Murder pertains to its title very accurately while the lyrics fit the mood perfectly, "Hide the proof/Kill the witness/No trace of evidence/Commit the deadly sin/Oh Lord, this is grace." While songs like Pleasuredome tell a rather twisted tale of suffering,"Waking up/Finding your dead wife beside you/Receiving a letter in the mail/You are dying of a deadly disease." Hallbom is not afraid to take a turn down a dark alley and the album is better for it.


It’s quite subtle but beneath the layering of guitars and bass there is a very intricate base for every song on here. Repeated listens provide more insight to the clever structures and interweaving of instrumentation. If you like most of the hardcore acts that were around during that time you’ll likely find something to love about Breach. They traverse a line between addictive riffs, violence and speed and they do it brilliantly.



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Inveigh
April 8th 2010


24963 Comments


I'm definitely interested in this. From this review, it sounds like they might have a Coalesce-like sound to them -- which would be awesome. Is this difficult to find?

oh, and pos'd.

JAV
April 8th 2010


1938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They are somewhat similar but the riffs aren't as obtuse as Coalecse's usually can be. Funny thing is Coalesce changed their name from Breach to avoid confusion with these guys.
You can find the album on blogspots pretty easily if you want to listen to it first.
I've seen used copies floating around for rather cheap so I'd pick it up, this and Kollapse are next on my to buy list.
Thanks for the Pos.

Inveigh
April 8th 2010


24963 Comments


no prob man, it was a good review. I actually just read that about Coalesce recently, but forgot until you mentioned it. Interesting indeed. I'll try to find this tonight when I get home.

americanmusicmachine
April 8th 2010


3953 Comments


"Falling somewhere between Converge and Black Sabbath"

that's pretty goddamn convincing, good review.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2010


6099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kollapse was HUGE.

However, their records are very very very hard to find.

I should really listen to this.

Digging: The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites

JAV
April 25th 2010


1938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea I'm gonna do a Kollapse review sometime. I've been able to find used copies of both sporadically so I'll pick them up sometime.

scissorlocked
May 30th 2010


3510 Comments


shit!!!I found this record for 7 euros,and didnt take it...Now its gone...

Anyway,Kollapse and venom are both superb

JAV
May 30th 2010


1938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They rock so hard.
I was able to find Venom for cheap but the Kollapse prices are crazy.

eternium
May 30th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been wanting to get into this band since I got Precambrian, but could never find any music by them.

JAV
May 31st 2010


1938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A google search will yield sources of questionable legality pretty quick.

ffs
November 14th 2010


4873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good as hell u guys

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2010


6099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That Diablo song... omfg so much groove with an "electronic" twist as well...

JAV
September 8th 2011


1938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Penetration, so good.

Wish me away
It´s only dreaming
Smash my head it´s only pain

GriftGift
June 28th 2014


92 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You will never find a better album speaking to heroin "Venom" addiction. The addict tries to keep it together in this album, but the high is too good. And, you know. I am glad stupid sputnik jerks do not know of this one. It is too good to misinterpret. Like I know they would.

TheBarber
June 28th 2014


1963 Comments


weirdly enough the cover reminds me of the SCP games

Digging: Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

GriftGift
June 28th 2014


92 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Trainspotting, yes?

TheBarber
June 28th 2014


1963 Comments


my avatar? nope, it's a picture of Kusturica (when he was younger), a filmmaker I dig a lot



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