Black Breath
Sentenced To Life


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
March 15th, 2012 | 196 replies | 23,043 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bang your fucking head

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Black Breath - Sentenced To Life

Alright, you fucks… what we got here on Sentenced to Life are ten lessons on how to bang your head so goddamn hard, your brain eventually turns into a nicely whipped up grey matter smoothie. Okay, that might sound a little extreme, but the shear amount of heavy fucking metal that is packed into the playing time of Black Breaths sophomore album Sentenced to Life makes it nearly impossible to for any living thing within a one hundred meter diameter to not start inducing themselves into fits of metallic hysteria. How the hell these five guys came from strictly NW hardcore bands is beyond me, because even the most lax music critic can sense some seriously Entombed daddy issues going on with this Seattle based death metal/hardcore hybrid. Debut album Heavy Breathing did the job of crafting some of the sickest riffs of the 2010 year, right from the opening seconds of “Black Sin”, to the heavy as fuck breakdown of “I Am Beyond”, Black Breath became a household name for any fan of early 90s death metal and modern mosh-heavy hardcore. With Sentences to Life, put out by Southern Lord, Black Breath continue to pulverize their listeners and continue essentially where Heavy Breathing left off; wasting no time in bringing the head band back in opening track “Feast of the Damned”.

The overall theme of Sentenced to Life isn’t to somehow reimagine or reinvent death metal to accommodate the styling of hardcore (or vice versa), even though they do that with almost absurd ease, but is basically to bring the fucking party. Incredibly catchy anthems found in the likes of “Home of the Grave” and “Mother Abyss” accentuates thrash metal ala Anthrax and Slayer, combining them with the blackened mess of acts like Dishammer and Toxic Holocaust; both a nod to early predecessors, while still remaining firmly planted in the present. While other acts like Nails or Trap Them seem content in finding the middle ground between crust and grind, Black Breath’s ingenuity comes in their apparent disregard for trailblazing into new musical territory and simply having a fun ass time. Sentenced to Life won’t complicate the listener with any pretension of experimentation or obscure left field pitches into uncharted territory, but shoots for being one of the most entertaining straight up “metal” albums this year has given us so far. Find yourself in a pit with these guys playing and be ready to get fucked up.



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twlichty
March 15th 2012



3407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their last album shredded face so i'm looking forward to hearing this.

great write up

Hep Kat
March 15th 2012



15335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Obey" and "Mother Abyss" rip so hard m/

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cvlts
March 15th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

m/

Evreaia
March 15th 2012



4014 Comments


Checked this out after reading another review, album is a beast.

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Hawks
March 15th 2012



35562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well I need this.

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TBliss2
March 15th 2012



504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cannot wait to listen to this.

Adabelle
March 15th 2012



4254 Comments


Ooooh, will check out, obvious pos too.

cvlts
March 15th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oh just for everyone's info, album doesn't officially "drop" till the 27th but southern lord shipped their vinyl this week so i've had mine for a couple days.

twlichty
March 15th 2012



3407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

would this be considered Crust or just Hardcore?

cvlts
March 15th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

whatever you want to call it really.

i just say it's metal.

twlichty
March 15th 2012



3407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

werd, i'm sure this album fucking slays

CaptainDooRight
March 15th 2012



28812 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

will check

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Ovrot
March 15th 2012



10490 Comments


Razor To Oblivion ruled
will check this

Motiv3
March 15th 2012



8923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need to check this + their debut. Listened to a couple of songs off their debut and they were m/

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Hawks
March 15th 2012



35562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good lord this rules so hard.

Maniac!
March 15th 2012



26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YESSSSSSSSS

Shuyin
March 15th 2012



11465 Comments


band name allways reminds me of black wreath

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fromtheinside
March 15th 2012



18016 Comments


Havent read yet cause I really wanted to say how fucking excited I am for this

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LifeAsAChipmunk
March 15th 2012



4854 Comments


Ooh, a Dante approved album. Must be really m/

Definitely need to check this out.

halloway
March 15th 2012



684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THIS IS OUT?!



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