Sentenced to Life - Black Breath
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  • Summary: The Seattle heavy metal band's second album was produced by Kurt Ballou.
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  1. Apr 30, 2012
    90
    A surefire contender for metal album of the year and certainly worthy of some crossover recognition, Sentenced To Life deserves some adulation purely for reminding us that metal doesn't need bells and whistles to be thrilling, even in 2012.
  2. 90
    It's like the best bits of every extreme metal subgenre: a deathly crossover of sludgy, blackened thrash that will put hairs on your chest.
  3. Mar 28, 2012
    80
    These shifting dynamics increase the record's overall potency, and while it makes an abrasive mark on first exposure, it grows more and more absorbing with each successive listen, making Black Breath one of premier heavy bands to be watching in 2012.
  4. Mar 28, 2012
    80
    With Sentenced to Life, Black Breath have crafted a no-nonsense slab of modern hardcore that draws from a diverse set of rules, but yields to none of them.
  5. 80
    Everything it has done, including the EP "Razor to Oblivion" and the album "Heavy Breathing," has been better than good. But Sentenced to Life (Southern Lord), its second album, reaches a new level of--how else to say it?--professionalism.
  6. Apr 26, 2012
    76
    Throughout, the much-improved vocalist Neil McAdams leads plenty of shout-along choruses.
  7. Aug 9, 2012
    67
    Sentenced to Life mostly retreads 2010 Southern Lord debut Heavy Breathing, but with boosted boom and production clarity.

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