Death Breath - _Stinking Up the Night_
(Black Lodge Records, 2006)
by: Jackie Smit (8.5 out of 10)
Like Hollywood and its unceasing trend to remake classic movies, death metal has seen a growing number of indulgently retro acts cropping up, particularly over the last five years. The results have almost always been sketchy, evidenced by the throwback efforts of a legion of forgettable names. Yet despite a moniker that hardly screams 'world class', Death Breath are an exception. Heck, they haven't as much re-written the rulebook as stepped up to assume of the mantle of new authors.

With a collective resume that includes such names as Entombed and Runemagick, one would hardly expect garbage, but Death Breath's homage to Autopsy, Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Possessed and other alumni of the old school is genuinely exhilarating. Ripping through the album's ten tracks with an almost punk swagger, tracks like "Heading for Decapitation" and "Flabby Little Things From Beyond" have their tongues planted firmly in cheek, but consistently keep the music deadly serious. Self-produced and released in cassette format that harkens back to the glorious days of tape-trading, Death Breath deliver their message in the most feral manner imaginable with a passion for their chosen style that is thoroughly infectious.


(article published 12/12/2006)

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