Sunday, July 12, 2009

ALBUM OF THE WEEK


Breathing Fire 'Years Of Lead' LP 2009, Painkiller Records

Ok well this shit rips. "I believe in slime and stink, in every crawling putrid thing. I believe...in you." Yes. Smashing your head, smashing your mind. These guys are from Massachusetts, and this is their first full length and it rips. These guys pull of a sound that I can't get enough of, a harsh and very strong sonic attack reminiscent of all things ugly and angry. The fury is unmistakable, they smash through every joint on this LP with gritty, grimy volume. Its sort of hard to tell what is happening at times, if they are sounding sloppy or the music is moving too fast for my ears to grasp. Either way it slays, properly and completely. I'd be surprised to learn if they were not down with Mind Eraser, being that this came out on Painkiller Records and they are also from Massachusetts. Something must be poppin in New England right now because, seriously, Breathing Fire/Mind Eraser slaaaaaaay. Downtuned and heavy ripping from beginning to end, frantic and straight grinding at times. Its obvious that quite a bit of Crossed Out studying has taken place here but it has this messy, blown out sound that reminds me of some My War-era Black Flag or some LA post punk sounds due to the vocal delivery and general craziness. I'm not so quick to thrown in the powerviolence label, though it is, more or less. I think its better to just leave it at Hardcore, of the best kind imaginable. This shit rules...the Years Of Lead LP is far superior to their 2004 demo, rereleased by Painkiller on a 7" in 2007 and a great demo at that- it created the buzz for a release like this. How rad as fuck it is, when a band totally delivers on their LP after planting the seed years earlier with raging demo material. As we know, hype can kill, but on occasion it can make some ruling shit happen and thats what happened here. This is some serious stuff, once again the remarkable similarity to Mind Eraser makes that shit beat the fuck out of most other things that call itself 'hardcore' these days and I say fuck yeah. Fuuuck Yeah even. I know exactly what the fuck I want to hear when I put a record on and drop the needle, and how great, though confusingly rare, it is to have someone else making these records for me and fully know that yes, this is the shit, it slays, here you go, wear yourself out. Anyways you can get it direct on some clear wax from Painkiller Records.

p.s.- Aly, blessings to you on your travel. We will miss you a lot! x o

11 comments:

bite itself said...

pretty good stuff. i hadn't heard them. i'm surprised you didn't do the new crow 7" as album of the week, though.

bite itself said...

oh, yeah, and do you know where that cover photo is taken ? it looks remarkably like carnac, a druid wonderland near where i was living over there...

King of Daves said...

yes, this shit does rip. thanks for the tip.

the xarlacc said...

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yeah man, i'm still trying to get my paws on those new Crow 7"s. so charged about that. as for the BF cover, not sure about where that is but hopefully the LP will include some info or something. I'd be willing to bet that you are accurate in your prediction. you hear that Dave, Carnac? or Karnak? Dave?!

bite itself said...

i only know of one new crow 7" ... the one on prank, with a photo of crow singing on the front. is there another one ?

the xarlacc said...

yeah brother, its a split 7" with See You In Hell, on Phobia/Insane Society Records. just came out...apparently the limited red is all gone but there are regular blacks still around.

bite itself said...

thanks for the tip, douchemouth

kegbenk said...

btw the guy with the ball is maybe the best thing to happen on earth since jesus invented the blumpkin

the xarlacc said...

are you sure that was Jesus ben? i'm pretty sure it was Moses

...aly... said...

Is that Mike Mooney in the red ball bounce gif!? P.S.: I LOVE YA'LL and miss you so much....made it to Norge safe and sound :) The computer keyboards here have these vowels straight up on them: øåæØÆ so thæt's pretty tight!

kegbenk said...

nah moses invented the standing blumpkin... that one's messy