Opener "Pleasure, Pain, Disease" fades in with that signature guitar tone, before breaking into an uptempo assault with double bass and a chugging riff. The intensity continues to build, going nearly 2 minutes before the gruff vocals of frontman Neil McAdams kick in. McAdams has a more black metal tonal quality to his screams on this record, while still sounding like whats present on previous albums. The guitars have a more dominant midrange and cut through the mix to really make the heavier parts stand out. Headbangers will really get going on title track "Slaves Beyond Death", which has a catchy yet dissonant verse riff that dominates both the beginning and the end of the song. Call me crazy, but I have found many riffs throughout Black Breath's catalog that strike me as a subtle nod to early Metallica, most notably the Ride The Lightning era.
This past January, I had the privilege of hearing a couple of these songs live at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, which was a one off show the band did immediately after recording sessions for this very album. (I HIGHLY recommend catching a show here, the intimate atmosphere is fantastic) There is definitely a more epic feel to this album, with the shortest song clocking in around 5 minutes. The overall 50 minute record is nearly 20 minutes longer than its predecessor. The long intros and more prominent lead guitar sections are a welcome change from the 3 minute, upper tempo ragers of the past.
The song most likely to induce the mosh has to be "A Place Of Insane Cruelty", which has a slow crushing intro and verse riff that is still stuck in my head. While arguably being Black Breath's heaviest album yet, it also displays the most progression in the band's sound. This progression is clean guitar intros on TWO songs, but these clean passages are merely interludes to the abrasive assault present on 98% of the record. Hardcore kids and older metal heads that still possess the denim vests with Entombed patches on them can definitely get into this. Hell, I wish I could grow long hair so I could bang my fucking head properly while punching my steering wheel to "Reaping Flesh".
Simply put, Slaves Beyond Death is a crushing 50 minute record that is worth any fan of heavy music's time. Pick it up on September 25 from the folks at Southern Lord Records, preferably on vinyl like I'm going to. Gonna have to grab that Sunn O))) repress too but I digress.
Genre: Metal / Family
Label: Southern Lord Records
Site: Related Link
Similar: Entombed, Vallenfyre, Nails, Trap Them
- Pleasure, Pain, Disease
- Slaves Beyond Death
- Reaping Flesh
- Seed Of Cain
- Arc Of Violence
- A Place Of Insane Cruelty
- Burning Hate
- Chains Of The Afterlife
Originally posted by: Kev_in
Fucking pumped! I had no idea they were working on new stuff
It lives up to the hype, I'd put this above Sentenced To Life
Originally posted by: Kev_in
I'll find out in a few weeks I guess
The full album is streaming now here