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Review: Skeletonwitch - Breathing the Fire
Breathing the Fire

Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 35:58
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: December 11, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Breathing the Fire

Rated 3.9/5 (78.1%) (21 Votes)

I confess I am disappointed in this album. I have been following Skeletonwitch ever since their debut indie release At One With The Shadows, watching them mature from a loud, low-fi Children of Bodom clone band into a real thrashing machine with room to grow into a real first-rate act. But yet again, the band follows up a strong release with a weaker one. I thought their last album Beyond The Permafrost was a really excellent work, with propulsive songwriting and a lot of shading and melodic ingenuity to the guitars. This new one, despite being hyped more heavily, is not the equal of its predecessor.

Breathing The Fire is a solid disc, with a lot of chaotic Thrash flailing and aggression, but it lacks the complexity that gave Permafrost so much depth. The production is still thin, and the playing is much more reined-in this time out. There seems to be a lot of riffs on here, but not many actual songs, and the album does not have any real identity or unity. Overall I find this an inferior recording by a band I had much higher hopes for. Neither as musically rich as Beyond The Permafrost nor heavy and aggressive enough to compensate for the loss, Breathing The Fire is a more accessible and less individual work than what I expected. Solid but unremarkable.

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