BLACK BREATH “Sentenced to Life”

BLACK BREATH
“Sentenced to Life”
LP Edition
(Southern Lord)

Care for a cup of hot tea or perhaps a hammer to the face? Black Breath are new to me but this record features some good old fashioned speed / thrash metal complete with cover art that is almost identical to Exciter’s classic Feel the Knife 12″ EP! No metal fan should notice that…! Truth be told it’s exactly what made me pick this up! It’s not an Exciter copy however, I’d actually compare the sound more to classic Slayer but I sense some influences from Sodom in there as well. Another fantastic slab of vinyl to put in your collection.

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GHOST “Opus Eponymous”

GHOST
“Opus Eponymous” Picture Disk LP Edition
(Rise Above / Metal Blade)

Very nice debut by this horror/occult metal act taking up the standard of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond’s more mellow and harmonic aspects, most notably the In the Shadows era ‘Fate / House of God era ‘Diamond. Band comes complete with a costumed cast, one of my favorite things for concept acts! I’m reviewing the Picture Disk LP version, it’s nice and heavy vinyl and comes in a picture disk sleeve with band shot and tracks on the back and different art on the vinyl itself.

-Josh Cook

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Hellbent For Cooking – “The Heavy Metal Cookbook”

Hellbent For Cooking
“The Heavy Metal Cookbook”
www.bazillionpoints.com

We metalheads might be brutal and thundering across the tundra but we still gotta eat. Despite Cannibal Corpse lyrics, not that many of us actually like munching on rotten flesh chock full of squirming maggots so Ms. Annick Giroux formely of Canadian Morbid Tales ‘Zine has contacted a bunch of true metal bands to find out what fuels all their unholy power. Turns out – it’s a lotta good food! Continue reading