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Black Breath, Sentenced to Life

Sentenced to Life is pretty much an album of Entombed covering hardcore acts like Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, Sick of It All, Discharge, and even Bad Religion. It’s on Southern Lord.

For most of you reading this, that’s pretty much all you need to know. I don’t even need to make a judgment call here; you’ve already decided if this if this is for you.

For the rest of you, it’s really. Goddamn. cool. (Oh, and for Monkey Defies Gravity (as if you didn’t know): I estimate this to be your new Holy Grail.)

It’s the detuned death metal Sunlight Sound from Sweden, interpreting the rage of NYHC.

Like Sons of Satan Praise the Lord (an Entombed covers album) or Slayer’s Undisputed Attitude, in other words.

Opener “Feast of the Damned,” is stupidly riff-tastic, and at 1:44 drops into a great sludge riff breakdown before taking off again….

This formula is maintained during the first four tunes, and is only broken on “Endless Corpse,” with its slow-burning building up over “The Small Hours”-esque chords.

That is, until 1:38– when shit just got real.

At this point, I actually feel bad for the drummer– this shit has been flying, all-out, at redicu-fast tempos– this guy’s hands have got to be shredded by now.

Ah, and there it is– about two minutes later we get the slow-down, into something like Overkill would’ve put on Horrorscope, particularly, well… “Horrorscope.”

Of course, the next tune, “Mother Abyss” flies even harder and faster than anything before it, like they’re suicidal geriatrics on a treadmill, determined to induce their own heart attack from sheer velocity… “Of Flesh” starts with a Left Hand Path trill riff that’s fucking sweet….

ANyhoo, prolly top 10 of 2012. Take that as you will….

[Sentenced to Life is released March 27, 2012.]

3 comments

  1. Hah,you KNOW it is a shoo-in that this is going to be a big one for me. It’s not out for another two weeks in the UK so I haven’t heard it yet, the suspense is killing me.

    BUUUUT, I am not expecting to like it quite as much as Heavy Breathing from what I have heard. My favourite parts of that (thigh-tinglingly awesome) record are the sickly, evil grooves that tie together the frenzied beserker episodes, which I gather have been scaled back.

    Can’t wait for the gig. I am concerned for the state of my neck…

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