Black Breath - Sentenced To Life
Southern Lord
Death/Crust Crossover
10 songs (32:42)
Release year: 2012
Southern Lord
Reviewed by Goat

Washington-based mash-up squad Black Breath take hardcore crustpunk and mix it with a dab of old-school death metal to create an entertaining sound of their own. It's something like Entombed meets Discharge, but in effect comes over as far more original. The band have a knack for infectious riffage, and there are few moments here that won't cause copious headbanging. Songwriting is top-notch, driving piledrivers of d-beat sound that crush all in their path for the most part, although like Asphyx (who I'd say are quite close to Black Breath in style if obviously less punky) there's a good deal of doom influence too, making itself known in the (relatively) slow and ominous Endless Corpse.

Slow moments are few and far between on the album, however, as the likes of Mother Abyss prove with its breakneck stomp. Of Flesh's chugging introduction is closer to Napalm Death than anything, whilst the thrashy riffing of The Flame has more than a little Slayer in its soul. There's not a great deal of variety on offer, but variety is hardly needed for an energetic crust album that's just over half an hour long. Ultimately Sentenced To Life is best summed up, as Tyler did in his review of Heavy Breathing, as heavy fucking metal, and good times aplenty.

Killing Songs :
Feast Of The Damned, Sentenced To Life, Home Of The Grave, Endless Corpse, Mother Abyss, Of Flesh, The Flame
Goat quoted 82 / 100
Other albums by Black Breath that we have reviewed:
Black Breath - Heavy Breathing reviewed by Tyler and quoted 83 / 100
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