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October 6, 2004

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The first few seconds of this record sound like you’ve stumbled across a passionate, forbidden rite ceremony, when a fierce and feverous applause merges into a drum and vocal intro that coalesces with math-y, eccentric riffs that follow in an unstoppable fury. It’s the same pummelling Botch approach that almost every pseudo-peculiar band of this era (most notably Every Time I Die) have exploited to their advantage. Breather Resist are quick to stray from the contemporary derivative stereotype and it is immediately obvious they’ve captured a different essence within the familiar guitar work. Kurt Ballou (Converge) produced the recording, creating a doom-driven dissonance, using a muddy yet crisp sound to generate a punishing and heavy ambiance. This four-piece from Louisville, Kentucky adventure through technical guitar debauchery and excel with something most bands yearn for: a solid rhythm section. Clever, imaginative bass lines are maintained atop particularly steadfast drumming. There are straight-up rock’n’roll elements worthy of dance, pensive and dramatic moments worthy of reflection, but most of all, face melting, bone crushing, heretical metal that is simply irresistible.

How do you think this album has progressed from the last? Guitarist Evan Patterson: It’s not just us writing extremely heavy songs, we’ve touched more on sounds and more of our influences helped us out on this record. I think on the last record it was more to write an incredibly brutal record and pummelling all the way through and this one we wanted to get a little more personal with the songs and still incorporate. There’s a song we have trombone on, there’s a song where there’s whistling — just a few of the ideas we got in the studio.

You’ve had two splits on other labels this year, what made you choose Jade Tree for the full-length? I think it’s because of their reputation for treating bands well. They’ve always been a label I looked up to since I first started. They do 50/50 profit sharing with the bands. I love listening to heavy music and playing some, and I feel like if we’re on a label we’re gonna be the heaviest band and I feel like it can widen our audience. You know, maybe someone will hear something that might open people up to a whole different kind of music they’d never heard of.


Jill Mikkelson