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Black Breath: Heavy Breathing

If you thought that the only place still creating good old fashioned Death 'N' Roll hardcore thrash was Scandinavia, then think again. Using a basis of Entombed, Slayer or a less extreme, faster paced Celtic Frost and infusing it with some huge slabs of Sabbath flavoured metal, Black Breath hail from Seattle Washington and it has to be said they use those influences damn well.

You are not going to find this five piece winning any awards for subtlety, however the manner in which the ten tracks on Heavy Breathing smack you in the face before worming their way to your brain, is mightily impressive. What makes Black Breath stand out from the pack is their ability to deliver huge rugged slabs of metal, sorry, that should read METAL, in a surprisingly catchy and memorable fashion. All of the tracks contain bludgeoning intense guitars, lethal bass lines and thundering drums, however the guitar lines are astutely written and bright in their execution, while in places the pace is brought down to a slow crawl, meaning that this is no one dimensional hit.

The vocals scream and gargle in the right proportions without sinking into cookie monster nonsense; however it is the deep resonant bass work that really delivers the killer blow. Just listen to "Heavy Breathing", "Eat The Witch" or "Fallen" for evidence that the guitars sear through you, the bass and drums boot the remains and the vocals being it all back to life.

Although Black Breath previously released an EP, this is their first full length effort and mighty fine it is too. Expect big things!

Track Listing
1. Black Sin (Spit On The Cross)
2. Eat The Witch
3. Escape From Death
4. I Am Beyond
5. Virus
6. Heavy Breathing
7. Children Of The Horn
8. Fallen
9. Unholy Virgin
10. Wewhocannotbenamed

Added: April 12th 2010
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Band's MySpace Page
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Language: english

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Black Breath: Heavy Breathing
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-04-12 09:40:33
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Death metal, thrash, and stoner rock collide on the latest release from Seattle's Black Breath, titled Heavy Breathing. From the furious onslaught of raging vocal bellows, a mix of thrashing riffs and crushing sludge, and pounding rhythms, this band takes no prisoners and leaves no stone unturned with their mighty musical armageddon.

It's hard not to be taken by the blackened thrash of 'Eat the Witch" and "Escape From Death", or the big, beefy sludge 'n' roll of "I Am Beyond" and the title track, all of which show the diversity of this act. For some, there might be a little too much hardcore/punk antics in tunes such as "Fallen" and "Children of the Horn", but the band more than makes up for it on the bone crunching, plodding death march that is "Unholy Virgin", a real slow and heavy number with some great guitar & bass riffs.

Heavy Breathing is by no means a perfect album, but there's enough here to recommend to those who like their metal with plenty of groove to go along with the brutality.

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