Sentenced to Life gets off to a blistering start. The first two songs, "Feast of the Damned" and "Sentenced to Life," are easily two of the best songs here. They're surprisingly catchy and showcase the band's hardcore/punk roots. The title track, in fact, with its chorus of "terrified of living / too scared to try," brings to mind the heyday of bands like Minor Threat and Black Flag.
On songs such as "Home of the Grave" and "The Flame," the band slows things down a bit. It's on tracks like these where Black Breath sounds the most metal and least hardcore. On "Endless Corpse," however, the aforementioned genres meld together very well.
The very fast "Forced Into Possession" and "Mother Abyss" bring thrash to the forefront. For a frame of reference, think early Slayer. The thrashy and hardcore tendancies featured throughout this record are unquestionably my favorite parts.
Sentenced to Life is a record that should appeal to a variety of listeners. As the band evolves, will the hardcore elements remain? I hope so.
Grade: B (84.9%)