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Review: Death Breath - Stinking Up The Night
Death Breath
Stinking Up The Night

Label: Black Lodge
Year released: 2006
Duration: 33:59
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 11, 2009
Reviewed by: Jason Cominetto
Readers Rating
Stinking Up The Night

Rated 2.91/5 (58.18%) (11 Votes)

After hearing a song from Stinking Up The Night over the speakers at one my favorite music stores, I decided to pick up the album. From the little bit I had heard, I thought this album was going to be a killer, since it reminded me of the old school Death Metal sound not many bands can pull off nowadays. After listening to the album I can safely say that if you are a fan of older Death Metal, then this album should be right up your alley. The guitars sound dirty and the bass is muddy, giving the album a down-to-earth, raw feel: perfect for a band like Death Breath. Another great factor of the album is the three rotating vocalists, giving the songs more variety and depth with each listen.

Judging from the song titles, it's obvious that the lyrics of the songs fit perfectly with the instruments. Songs like "Dragged Through The Mud" and "Coffins of the Unembalmed Dead" feel like grimy homages to classic slasher films, and the track "Flabby Little Things From Beyond" show Death Breath poking fun at their own genre. The band is in no way trying to revolutionize Death Metal with this album, only create heavy and catchy songs which emphasize on violence, zombies, and pretty much everything else that has become standard for the genre. They do this greatly, but the problem is that the potential this band holds is not shown to the full extent with this release. I won't lie, "Heading For Decapitation" and "Chopping Spree" have been stuck in my head on numerous occasions, but Death Breath can be so much more than another catchy Death Metal band if they work to their full potential.

Overall, Stinking Up The Night is a nice warm-up for an extremely talented group. Each song is unique and heavy, but not quite as exhilarating as I would have expected. Look for this band's next release, which should (hopefully) be an improvement over this one, as it could possibly one of Death Metal's new classics. Until then, picking this one up shouldn't hurt for the curious.

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