Personnel: Eric Wallace (guitar).
Recording information: 01/2008.
Arranger: Black Breath.
Seattle's Black Breath make their recorded debut on Sunn 0)))'s mighty Southern Lord imprint with the Razor to Oblivion EP. This quintet, fronted by N.T. McAdams, is in some ways an odd fit for the metal label; that said, it reveals SL's good taste. These four tracks are all hardcore punk inspired; fast, furious, and brash, with guitars and vocals taking center stage. There is excellent death metal in the mix as well, however, and the meld is utterly seamless. McAdams lyrics -- check the title track and "Beneath the Crust" -- come straight from the 1982 hardcore mold, while the dual guitar attack welds together thrash chords and death metal riffs. The end result is a brief but bracing encounter with a powerful young band whose sound is aggressive, angry, and rooted firmly in the present day rather than in the past, despite its seemingly overwhelming influence. This is an excellent debut. Fans of Discharge and Poison Idea will love this stuff, but so might those who dig Celtic Frost! ~ Thom Jurek