"Sentenced to Life" (Southern Lord; 2012)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Sidestepping the sophomore slump, Seattle quintet Black Breath serves up a menacing 10-track, 33 minute mauling entitled "Sentenced to Life."

Tightening their crusty Entombed-by-way-of-Dismember D-beat predilections by whittling song lengths down (“Sentenced to Life”) and increasing hardcore sensibilities (“Doomed”), this squad administers ferocious buzzsaw riffs as if they hailed from Stockholm and not The Emerald City (“Home of the Grave”) with a heavy-handed death'n'roll tinged force in place to usher total destruction in from all fronts (“Forced Into Possession”).

Unadulterated, relentless, and without remorse (“Endless Corpse”), "Sentenced to Life" rates as a bona fide modern crossover metal classic brimming over with the hostility and aggression followers of extreme metal crave.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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