The crushing title track to the mighty third LP by Seattle’s Black Breath, Slaves Beyond Death, has just been issued as the first single from the highly anticipated album through an exclusive premiere at Noisey as the album nears release through Southern Lord late in September.
Arriving three years after the band’s 2012-released Sentenced To Life, a revered album of morbid metal anthems laced with a deadly allure that few could resist, it’s safe to say that Slaves Beyond Death represents a harder, bleaker Black Breath than ever before. With every track on the record surpassing the five-minute mark, and several of them close to eight minutes in length, the record showcases all five members delivering their most punishing tactics to date, and the second of its eight odes of tribulation, the title track “Slaves Beyond Death,” is a prime, grueling example of its merciless nature. Issues Vice Magazine‘s online music channel, Noisey, upon its unveiling of the first single from the LP, “While none of us are truly beyond death’s grip, Black Breath‘s lethal cocktail of ripping thrash, fetid death metal, and bloody hardcore would make an excellent soundtrack for whatever fucked-up activity eventually lands you in the morgue-and whatever hellish afterlife you may skid down into next.”
Endure the savagery of Black Breath‘s “Slaves Beyond Death” via Noisey.
Also responsible for the release of the band’s prior albums, Southern Lord is once again the label behind the impending release of Slaves Beyond Death, which will be issued worldwide on CD and digital formats on September 25th, with the vinyl version coming late October. Preorders will be released in the coming days.
Black Breath will return to the road heavily in support of the new LP, beginning with a Southern Lord West Coast tour package also including Goatsnake, Battalion of Saints and Obliterations in September, which includes a hometown Seattle record release show for Slaves Beyond Death on September 26th. Stand by for a deluge of additional upcoming tour dates from the band through the remainder of the year and into next.
BLACK BREATH on Southern Lord Tour w/ Goatsnake, Battalion Of Saints, Obliterations
9/16/2015 Mystery Box – Los Angeles, CA
9/17/2015 Alexs’ Bar – Long Beach, CA
9/18/2015 The Garage – Ventura, CA [*no Goatsnake]
9/19/2015 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/20/2015 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
9/22/2015 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
9/23/2015 Boardwalk – Sacramento, CA
9/24/2015 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
9/26/2015 Highline – Seattle, WA **BLACK BREATH record release show
9/27/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Recorded in the Winter months of 2014 at GodCity studio in Salem, Massachusetts with Kurt Ballou (Converge), Slaves Beyond Death delivers the best part of an hour of stern, unforgiving death metal that resonates with the absolute classics of the genre. The Seattle five-piece is entirely relentless in their intensity, presenting innumerable ferocious riffs across the eight songs, with wicked inventiveness at the heart of its might. Galloping, triumphant melodies reminiscent of Sweden lead in to grueling slammers that unravel at a torturer’s pace, while the rasping death-rattles from vocalist Neil McAdams paint a vivid picture of unending suffering in life and beyond the grave. Devoid of self-serving technicality and bombast, Slaves Beyond Death works torrents of scorn in to lively, undeniably entertaining songwriting, an enviable quality that has been present in the band’s earlier material, and is certainly still the case now. Completed with a mastering job by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and paintings by Italy’s Paolo Girardi, Black Breath is taking big strides forward with this album, and it is sure to be one of the highlights of the musical underworld in 2015.
Top photo by Invisible Hour