Black Breath Return with 'Sentenced to Life'

Black Breath Return with 'Sentenced to Life'
Metal fans rejoice -- Black Breath are back with a new album. It's been two years since the Seattle-based troupe delivered their Exclaim!-approved debut full-length Heavy Breathing, which we praised as much for its masterful blend of Entombed-style death metal, thrash, hardcore and rock 'n' roll as its "venomous contempt and cathartic rage." The Pacific Northwest quintet are now poised to crank things up a notch with their newly announced sophomore set, Sentenced to Life.

A press release for the album, which is set to drop this March through Southern Lord, boasts that the upcoming platter finds the troupe even more furious than before, bearing "a bit less rock and roll swagger and a showcasing more full-on crushing rage" than Heavy Breathing. Written shortly after the group got home from November 2010 European tour, the LP is described as a "product of furious creativity jammed into a short span of time," and clocks in at 33 minutes. While original guitarist Zack Muljat plays on the record, he's since been replaced by current Devotion frontman Mark Palm, who had previously played with Muljat and lead guitarist Eric Wallace in mid-aughts hardcore unit Go It Alone.

Recorded by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his God City Studio, the 10 track album features new numbers "Feast of the Damned," "Doomed," "Forced Into Possession," "Home of the Grave" and more. A full tracklisting, as well as a firm release date, have yet to be revealed. More info, including news of a North American tour, is expected in the coming weeks.