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Black Breath

From: Seattle, WA, United States
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Below is our complete Black Breath news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Black Breath Announces New Shows

While currently locked away at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in the midst of recording a new LP, Black Breath today announces a string of January tour dates.

Black Breath will storm Brooklyn for a one-off East Coast performance on December 14th before returning to the Pacific Northwest. Then, as the new year gets underway, the band will kick off a heavy load of touring, beginning with Northwest Perversion 2015.

The four-show killing spree will launch in Vancouver on January 16th -- marking Black Breath's very first Canadian show -- after which it will systematically storm through Bellingham and Portland before closing down in the group's hometown of Seattle on the 19th. Stand by for more tour date confirmations and details on the band's upcoming album.

12/14/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY

Northwest Perversion 2015:
1/16/2015 The Astoria - Vancouver, BC
1/17/2015 The Swillery - Bellingham, WA
1/18/2015 Blackwater - Portland, OR
1/19/2015 Chop Suey - Seattle, WA

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Black Breath To Record New Album

Southern Lord Recordings is amped-up to announce that brutalizing Seattle quintet, Black Breath, has locked studio time late this Autumn to harness a third full-length album for the label.

Returning to GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts to record once again with Kurt Ballou (as with the 2010 debut, "Heavy Breathing," and the 2012 follow-up, "Sentenced To Life") Black Breath will begin recording this massive third full-length at the end of November and complete it in mid-December, for release in early 2015.

Before returning immediately home following the recording session, Black Breath will raid Brooklyn for an exclusive one-off gig to close out the year at the mighty Saint Vitus on December 14th. Stay tuned for further details.

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Black Breath Gearing Up For U.S. Shows

Following several months off the touring grid, Seattle's unstoppable Black Breath will return to the road this month on a swift and brutal trek originating on the opposite side of the country at Maryland Deathfest 2014.

This trek follows misfortune in January where drummer Jamie Byrum was hit by a car and badly injured. While Jamie is still working on getting back to maximum killing capacity, he's now able to slay his kit like a champ once again, and the band is ready to bring some decimating, high-paced action to their fans at these shows.

The action begins with a pre-tour hometown throwdown on May 14th with Theories, Bell Witch and He Whose Ox Is Gored. From there, Black Breath will traverse the country, Baltimore-bound. Six nights of damage will ensue directly after MDF, as Black Breath will tour the way back towards the West Coast, raiding Hartford, Cambridge, New York, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago joined by Mutilation Rites, Yautja and Theories on all dates.

Much more Black Breath action is in store for 2014 as the band constructs an undoubtedly crushing third album for Southern Lord. In the meantime, fans can help Jamie Byrum defray medical costs by donating funds here. More...

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Power Of The Riff Now A Week Away

The fourth annual installment of the The Power Of The Riff festival in Los Angeles is now just a week away, the event including a pre-party on Friday, August 9th at The Echo and two-stage, full-day lineup Saturday, August 10th, at both The Echo and Echoplex.

Amidst the massive roster of crushing newcomer acts and classic heavyweights set to execute sets over the two-day fest, one of the main headlining performances of the weekend will be the original lineup of LA crossover act Final Conflict - founder Jeff Harp, vocalist Ron Martinez and bassist Warren Renfrow (Manic Hispanic, Cadillac Tramps) - for the first time in 24 years.

In the 1980s, Final Conflict was part of the first wave of punk bands to be labeled "crossover," with a sonic mix of Discharge meeting Black Sabbath coupled with political lyrics the appropriate soundtrack to inspire a troublemaker to slam, headbang, or throw a brick at a cop... and sometimes all three.

The band will perform 1987's "Ashes To Ashes" LP in sequence as well as early demo material. Although older, the band has no intentions of “phoning it in” - expect a brutal and energetic set.

Additional headlining acts The Obsessed, M.D.C., From Ashes Rise, Black Breath, Iceburn, and others join more than twenty additional bands including Early Graves, Mammoth Grinder, Bastard Noise, Dead in the Dirt, and tons more taking part in the melee. The lineup is:

Friday, August 9th @ The Echo // pre-party:
Black Breath, Early Graves, Obliterations, Nomads, Creative Adult

Saturday, August 10th @ The Echo & Echoplex
The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, M.D.C., Iceburn, Iron Lung, Mammoth Grinder, Bastard Noise, Condition, Dead In The Dirt, Baptists, Replica, Completed Exposition, Centuries, Wartorn, Territory, Whip Hand, Children Of God, Old Wounds, Opposition Rising

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Black Breath Announces New Live Shows

Following a tour of Australian in April, an East Coast run including a set at the fifteenth anniversary of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, and most recently West Coast touring alongside the likes of Rotten Sound and more, Black Breath today announces its next run of live confrontations.

Four new cities have been scheduled for Black Breath's demolition in early August, including Portland, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and Oakland. The Seattle savages will be flanked by backup provided by Mammoth Grinder on the first three dates and Obliterations on two of them, which end up seeing all three bands taking part in The Power Of The Riff in LA. The next day in Oakland will see Early Graves and Obliterations jointing once again.

This newest run will be preceded by a hometown gig on July 13th as Black Breath provides direct support for Autopsy, with additional support from Scolex and Bone Sickness.

You can also check out footage of Black Breath at NEMHF XV, courtesy of Crowbar TV, in the player available below.

7/13/2013 Neumo’s - Seattle, WA w/ Autopsy, Bone Sickness, Scolex
8/06/2013 Ash St Saloon - Portland, OR w/ Mammoth Grinder
8/08/2013 Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA w/ Mammoth Grinder, Obliterations
8/09/2013 The Echo - Los Angeles, CA @ Power Of The Riff
8/11/2013 Metro Sideroom - Oakland, CA w/ Early Graves, Obliterations More...

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Power Of The Riff 2013 Lineup Announced

The 2013 installment of the The Power Of The Riff festival in Los Angeles is right around the corner, this being the fourth annual occurrence of the massive event. It will take place August 9th & 10th 2013 at The Echo & Echoplex, and the lineup is available below. The following press release was also issued about the fest:

"Curated and organized by Greg Anderson and Sam James Velde, The Power Of The Riff honors fans and musicians of all ages from within all walks and lifestyles under the umbrella of the heavy music underground. Tapping into a lineup that represents forefathers, milestones and current touring acts, while shedding light on up and coming bands and local acts, The Power Of The Riff festival is an all-day, all-ages event. The festival also includes an on-location record swap-meet of local stores and features pop-up stores by independent record labels and vendors, DJ sets between performances, a gourmet food truck court with some of Los Angeles' best purveyors of street food dining, and more.

"The fourth annual The Power Of The Riff is spreading it's wings a bit more this time around, this year adding a pre-party on Friday, August 9th at The Echo. The massive full-day lineup the next day, Saturday, August 10th, at both The Echo and Echoplex, offers another stellar lineup of classic heavyweights, and crushing newcomers. The combined events offer 26 bands in total." More...

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Black Breath Announces New Tour Dates

Following a recent dirge at The Power Of The Riff event in Los Angeles, Seattle’s Black Breath has confirmed a fat batch of new live actions for the Spring season. This week Black Breath announces a full five-city Australian tour this April, set to systematically blaze Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, and Melbourne alongside I Exist.

Just days after returning to the U.S. the faction will cross the continent to perform at the fifteenth anniversary of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, raging alongside Anthrax, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Exodus, Municipal Waste, and tons more in addition to labelmates Xibalba and Power Trip that night alone. Post NEMHF, Black Breath will induce full-body-bangovers in New York and Philly alongside Brooklyn’s Mutilation Rites and White Widows. Upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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More Bands Announced For NEM&HF 2013

The latest round of bands confirmed to storm the stage at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XV has today been announced. The fresh additions to the brutal three-day event include Alleageon, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon, as well as Baltimore hardcore squad Trapped Under Ice and New Jersey’s renowned explosive tech metal practitioners The Dillinger Escape Plan.

A tour based around the fest has also been created by MassConcerts, something they’ve done for the past four years. Dubbed Mission Quest to Metal Fest, the trek was formed in order to help a few of the bands get to and from NEMHF this year. This year the tour unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the festival.

Stated promoter Scott Lee on the formation of this built-in tour: “We are really proud of this year’s lineup, and to bring these bands together leading up to it. The tour includes Expire who played last year, California powerhouse Alpha & Omega, Power Trip who is an up-and-coming hardcore band from Texas, and Twitching Tongues. We're also very excited to have Antagonist A.D. from New Zealand; they are the band coming from the farthest away for the fest. Pretty happy to have them; we love putting foreign bands on the bill!” More...

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NEMHF 2013 Lineup Revealed

Promoter MassConcerts detailed the 2013 edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival's annual event at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass. The three day festival commences on Friday April 19, 2013, with a kick off event on Thursday, April 18th. The press release reads as follows:

"For the 2013 installment, the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL will once again overthrow the historic venue, The Palladium, in Worcester, Massachusetts, this year marking the 15th anniversary of the iconic weekend-long gathering! The festivities will commence with a pre-party on April 18th, 2013 and the three official days of the fest following on the 19th, 20th, and 21st.

"Commented the festival’s founder Scott Lee of MassConcerts: 'I am excited with how far we have come and am ecstatic for this to be on our 15th year! It has been a long, interesting journey. We always try to make it a memorable event and we really hope you all enjoy the festival this year.'

"With more than forty acts from all realms of the extreme music world already set to storm the two stages of NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV -- and with many more to be announced in the coming weeks -- the confirmed headliners for the event will include Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as legendary thrash titans Anthrax performing their Among The Living album in its entirety, as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.

"View the full list of bands set to confirm this year below. Tickets for the event will go on sale next Wednesday, January 16th."

The lineup includes: More...

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Nasum Taps Black Breath For September Tour

Nasum has tapped Black Breath to support the band on what is being billed as the final Nasum tour ever. The band recently reunited for a string of shows with Rotten Sound‘s Keijo Niinimaafilling filling in on vocals for late frontman, Mieszko Talarczyk.

The trek will take place in Europe and kick off on September 20th, with the following dates confirmed thus far:

Sept. 20 Helsinki, Finland Nosturi
Sept. 21 Gothenburg, Sweden Truckstop Alaska w/ SKITSYSTEM
Sept. 22 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset
Sept. 23 Hamburg, Germany Logo
Sept. 24 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli De Helling
Sept. 25 London, UK Underworld
Sept. 26 Paris, France Glazart
Sept. 27 Geneva, Switzerland Usine
Sept. 28 Munchen, Germany Backstage
Sept. 29 Ljubljana, Slovenia Gala Hala
Sept. 30 Budapest, Hungary Durer Kert
Oct. 1 Bratislava, Slovakia Randall
Oct. 2 Ostrava, Czech Rep Barrak
Oct. 3 Krakow, Poland Fabryka
Oct. 4 Berlin, Germany Magnet
Oct. 5 Malmo, Sweden KB w/ SKITSYSTEM, PYRAMIDO
Oct. 6 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis w/ SKITSYSTEM, MASSGRAV

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Sound & Fury Fest Day Lineups Announced

Sound & Fury fest is less than one month away - taking place July 20th, 21st, and 22nd at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA. This year's lineup will feature headliners and hardcore powerhouses Bane, Blacklisted, Comeback Kid, Earth Crisis, H2O, Terror, and Touche Amore, along with 50 other acts spanning three days.

The festival was started in 2006 and has boasted bands like Fucked Up, Ceremony, Trash Talk, Have Heart and more as a part of their lineup in past years, making it a premiere hardcore/punk festival in California. Additionally, 2012 marks the third year of Sound & Fury at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, located at 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara, CA. Individual day passes are on sale now exclusively through festival presenter No Sleep Records and can be purchased at this location.

The full day lineups are as follows:

FRIDAY
Bankrobber
Basement
Comeback Kid
Disgrace
Downpresser
Focused Minds
Hardside
Ill Intent
Ivy League
The Mongoloids
New Brigade
Rotting Out
Sabertooth Zombie
Single Mothers
Suburban Scum
Take Offense
Touche Amore
Xibalba More...

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Black Breath Announces New Tour Dates

Following their recent rampage across Europe for several weeks, Washington's whiplash-inducers Black Breath have just confirmed their first tours of Mexico and Japan.

Following a previously-announced headlining slot on the Southern Lord label package tour -- where Black Breath will rage the U.S. for a month with support from labelmates Enabler, Burning Love and Martyrdöd and tons more -- the newest set of dates will kick off just a week later. The Seattle stormtroopers will do a trio of dates in Southern California, including a set at the massive 3-day Sound And Fury Festival, before crossing into Mexico for a five-date trek. Less than a month after the band return from the Mexico tour, the 'Breath will trek across the globe for a five-date headlining assault on Japan. Upcoming dates are as follows: More...

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Southern Lord Announces Free Label Showcase

Southern Lord has confirmed the details for a special free label showcase in Pomona, California this June 23rd.

As part of the massive Southern Lord label package tour set to tear through the country in the weeks ahead, the label showcase co-presented with Scion A/V metal will take place at The Glass House in Pomona, and will be the solitary manifestation of the entire tour to take place in Los Angeles County. The lineup for the show features all four core acts on the label tour -- Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd and Black Breath -- in addition to a special headlining guest appearance by labelmates Pelican.

As a free Scion A/V metal RSVP-only event the spots will fill up extremely fast. If you plan on attending, make sure to reserve your spot at this location.

The Southern Lord label tour will run through the U.S. for nearly a month, with the core acts Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd and Black Breath being joined by the likes of Poison Idea, Noothgrush, Pelican, Power Trip, Wild//Tribe, Dead In The Dirt, The Secret and more via special regional appearances. More...

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Sound & Fury Fest Lineup Announced

Sound & Fury Festival is back in it's 7th and biggest year yet, taking place at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA from July 20th through 22nd. The festival is excited to announce additional performers for the 2012 lineup, including Earth Crisis, Harms Way, Ivy League, Sabertooth Zombie, Seahaven, Xibalba, and others.

Some previously announced performers are Bane, Blacklisted, Comeback Kid, H2O, Terror, Touche Amore and many more. Check out the full list of bands playing below and stay tuned for one more exciting lineup announcement coming before the festival.

Stay tuned to the festival's website for more information and bands to be announced. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Black Breath Releases "Home Of The Grave" Video

Black Breath, which will be appearing on the Southern Lord Summer tour, has teamed up with Scion A/V to release a new music video online for "Home of the Grave." Check out the clip below. Scion also commented:

"Seattle, Washington's Black Breath have been clawing their way to metal notoriety for a while now. In this video they go back to being an underground band — literally. Director Mark Brooks leads this undead journey into the 'Home of the Grave.'"

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Southern Lord Summer Tour Routing Announced

The final details and routing for the previously-announced Southern Lord Summer package tour have been confirmed today. The tour is set to bring some of the label's newest and most promising acts as well as some heavy veterans on the eclectic but lethal roster together for a near month-long trek across the face of America.

The core acts for the tour include the Ontario-based hardcore/rock outfit Burning Love (featuring ex-Cursed vocalist), dark lords of Swedish crust Martyrdod, Milwaukee's metal/hardcore crossover outfit Enabler, and Seattle's d-beat/death-infused hardcore bastards Black Breath headlining the full tour. All four bands have brand new albums either already out or set to be unleashed based around the tour.

Special guests Poison Idea, Noothgrush, Pelican, Power Trip, Wild//Tribe, Dead in the Dirt, The Secret, and more will also infiltrate the routing, each with one or more regional performances throughout the debauchery-ridden escapade, and Southern Lord will also host a label showcase in Pomona, California with details to be announced in the coming weeks. More...

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Black Breath Announces European Shows

Black Breath has now revealed the European dates for the band's 2012 world tour, which will take place in March and April. June/July U.S. shows along with dates in Japan, Mexico, and Australia will be revealed in the coming months. The currently announced European shows are as follows:

29-03 @ Baroeg - Rotterdam, NL **
30-03 @ Trix - Antwerp, BE **
31-03 @ De Kreun - Kortrijk, BE **
01-04 @ Stuck on a name rec studio - Nottingham, UK **
02-04 @ The Underworld - London, UK **
03-04 @ Islington Mill - Manchester, UK **
04-04 @ Clwb for Ibach - Cardiff, UK **
05-04 @ Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, FR **
06-04 @ Heretic Club - Bordeaux, FR **
07-04 @ Mogambo - San Sebastian, ES **
08-04 @ Sala Caracol - Madrid, ES **
09-04 @ Razzmatazz 3 - Barcelona, ES **
10-04 @ La Dynamo - Toulouse, FR **
11-04 @ Tap-Tap - Schaffhausen, CH **
12-04 @ Juha West - Stuttgart, DE **
13-04 @ Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, NL w/ Voivod, more
14-04 @ Ajz - Bielefeld, DE **
15-04 @ Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE **
16-04 @ Hemgarden - Lund, SE **
17-04 @ Debaser - Stockholm, SE **
18-04 @ Revolver - Oslo, NO *
19-04 @ Truckstop Alaska - Gothenburg, SE *
20-04 @ Templet - Lyngby, DK w/ Tormented, Saviours
21-04 @ Festsaal Kreuzberg - Berlin, DE ##
22-04 @ Fzw - Dortmund, DE ##
24-04 @ Ajz Chemnitz - Chemnitz, DE ##
25-04 @ Arena - Vienna, AT ##
26-04 @ Atlantide - Bologna, IT ##
27-04 @ Lo-Fi - Milan, IT ##
28-04 @ Jugendhaus Wangen - Wangen, DE ##
29-04 @ Lakei - Helmond, NL ##

** w/ Victims & Tormented
* w/ Tormented
## w/ Christian Mistress & Tormented

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Nasum Announces North American Tour

Nasum has announced a string of upcoming North America tour dates with special guests Brutal Truth, Dropdead, and Black Breath on select dates. The tour poster can be viewed below, and details are as follows:

May 18 Chicago, IL Reggies w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 19 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 20 Toronto, Canada Wreck Room w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 21 Montreal, Canada Sala Rosa w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 22 Providence, RI as220 w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 23 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead, Backslider
May 24 New York, NY Europa w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead, Margrudergrind, Grudges
May 25 Baltimore, MD Maryland Death Fest
May 26 Seattle, WA Highline w/ Black Breath, Massgrave, Theories
May 27 Portland, OR Branx w/ From Ashes Rise, Massgrave
May 28 Oakland, CA Metro
May 29 Ventura, CA Billy O's
May 30 Los Angeles, CA TBA
May 31 Austin, TX Red 7 – Chaos in Tejas More...

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Black Breath Streaming New Song

Seattle deathbrigade Black Breath is preparing to unleash a new LP, "Sentenced To Life," on March 27th via Southern Lord.

Today Revolver Magazine is debuting the first public listen to "Sentenced To Life," as well as the cover art for the album. Check out the unhinged sixth track, "Mother Abyss," and more right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"With 10 tracks in under 33 minutes, Sentenced To Life contains the most demoralizing yet energizing d-beat injected death metal hymns from the band to date, with a bit less rock and roll swagger and more full-on rage. The album is a product of furious creativity jammed into a short span of time, written in the seemingly endless Winter after returning from their November 2010 European tour. As with their acclaimed debut full-length Heavy Breathing, Black Breath recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou, and had the finished product mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side."

The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Black Breath Announces "Sentenced To Life"

Seattle's barbaric wrecking crew Black Breath has completed a second LP and is preparing to fire it point blank into the public's face this March. The forthcoming new platter, dubbed "Sentenced to Life," is the follow-up to the band's raging 2010 debut album, "Heavy Breathing."

Bearing 10 thunderous tracks in under 33 minutes, "Sentenced To Life" features such smashing Black Breath hits as "Feast of the Damned," "Doomed," "Forced Into Possession," "Home of the Grave" and of course the title anthem "Sentenced to Life."

The band once again recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou, and had the finished product mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side. "Sentenced To Life" will burst into stores and distros for public armament in March 2012. A final release date, full track listing, cover art and preview of the new album will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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