Skeletonwitch - Breathing The Fire
13 October 2009

01. Submit To The Suffering
02. Longing For Damnation
03. Where The Light Has Failed
04. Released From The Catacombs
05. Stand, Fight And Die
06. The Despoiler Of Human Life
07. Crushed Beyond Dust
08. Blinding Black Rage
09. Gorge Upon My Soul
10. Repulsive Salvation
11. Strangled By Unseen Hands
12. And Into The Flame

Skeletonwitch is at it again, defying the typecast by creating an album with so many influences it seems nearly impossible. Breathing The Fire is an excellent album, and here's why:

The band takes Nordic, Black and Thrash influences and fuses them all together seamlessly, showcasing their ability with short yet powerful tracks that leave you wanting more. Although they have been labelled as part of the "thrash revival," their style is extremely opposite from other bands in this vein (see Bonded By Blood, Warbringer and Gama Bomb). With those bands, it's more of an exact throwback to tracks from the 80's, where as Skeletonwitch actually goes out of their way to make something new for this generation. Not to say that new thrash is bad, as I enjoy it myself, just that there are only so many songs to re-hash before you run out of material.

My favourite tracks are 'Released from the Catacombs,' 'Crushed Beyond Dust,' and 'Repulsion Salvation', but let me tell you, it was hard to pick a few. I feel these are the best demonstrations of their musical ability and combination of the different styles. Not to mention the riffs are just delicious. The only problem you will have is picking a favourite for yourself. The talented vocal work from Chance Garnet is probably my favourite part of the album, he really nails the black metal aspect, and it holds the songs together. The band is starting to get things together and define their sound - it's obvious a lot of work went into this one, and hopefully they will get the attention they deserve.

If you are a fan of Thrash or Black, I highly suggest listen to this album. I will even go as far to say that you would be crazy not to try it, even if you don't enjoy it (which would surprise me). This is a good place to start if you are wondering about where this music is headed because Skeletonwitch is bound to be a major player in influencing the next wave of this style. [i]Breathing The Fire[i/] is climbing my list of favourites and it's just something no one should miss out on. If you have a chance to see this album live, then do it.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 9
Production: 8

Band profile: Skeletonwitch
Album: Breathing The Fire


written by FelineNine | 27.08.2010

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Doc Godin - 27.08.2010 at 23:38  
Indeed, very good album. Wish I would have got this in 2009 and slapped it onto one of my "best of" lists. Climbing as a personal favourite of mine as well.
Heissayen - 28.08.2010 at 00:03  
The first time I listened to this album, I felt in love with them. It doesn't happen me often, but the mix of black and thrash they make, it's simply brutal.
Edmund Fogg - 28.08.2010 at 09:12  
Really great band.I first heard about them (and saw them) at the Heavy MTL Day 1 and I was blown away.This review makes me remember I gotta get that album
Aetherius - 28.08.2010 at 10:30  
Just bought the MP3 album download off CDnow(Amazon.com) and am very happy. This album is really amazing. I like all their materal and this is an awesome addition to their discography thus far. Like the review says, if you're a fan of black or thrash metal, or both(like me) Get this!
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.08.2010 at 13:21  
I have a compulsion to hear this. After all, I'd be crazy not to right?
felinenine - 30.08.2010 at 08:01  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.08.2010 at 13:21

I have a compulsion to hear this. After all, I'd be crazy not to right?

Aetherius - 30.08.2010 at 12:20  
!J.O.O.E.! Def at least give it a try! Check out some of the music vids they got posted up for a good sample ^^
!J.O.O.E.! - 30.08.2010 at 12:49  
Written by Aetherius on 30.08.2010 at 12:20

!J.O.O.E.! Def at least give it a try! Check out some of the music vids they got posted up for a good sample ^^

I did check it out and I liked it actually, I was expecting an onslaught of thrash but it was quite dynamic and varied. Good stuff indeed!
Ag Fox - 08.09.2010 at 18:11  
Pretty solid album. among my favourite thrash releases from last year (=
Captain Obvious - 20.09.2010 at 01:38  
I discovered this band earlier this year when they opened up for Cannibal Corpse. When SW's set was done, they had officially won me as a fan... I was blown away by their show and I bought this CD at the merch booth by the time the night was over, I managed to grab a copy of BTP last month and could safely say that Skeletonwitch are the most original sounding band in quite some time... a perfect hybrid of the 3 styles (Black, Thrash, and Death).
Maxx666 - 20.01.2011 at 10:43  
Yeah a solid album indeed.
Guib - 23.06.2011 at 07:13  
Great band, Great album.. Skeletonwitch is a great Thrash Band !
Apothecary - 24.07.2011 at 17:35  
Great review man. And I love Skeletonwitch for exactly the reason you said, their blend of so many influences... particularly black and thrash metal. They remind me somewhat of first-wave BM mands (basically thrash with the shrieked vocals), only with a bit of a modern twist.
Murder - 24.11.2011 at 10:34  
Written by Guib on 23.06.2011 at 07:13

Great band, Great album.. Skeletonwitch is a great Thrash Band !

+1 and the blackened elements are so fucking good too!!!

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