Breed To Breathe

Let’s take a look at another one of the Deathcrusher bands.

Stalwarts of the UK “extreme metal” scene this bunch of grindcore merry men – with their distorted, down tuned guitars, buzz saw like bass, frenetic blast beats all topped off with usually incomprehensible growls and shrieks – have been pummelling stages from their humble beginnings at the Mermaid in Birmingham to festival stages in front of thousands of fans.

Signed to the cult Earache label and championed on national UK radio by John Peel, the band have gone from strength to strength and from what many considered a joke band to a much loved institute. Their 1989 7″ single “You Suffer” is in the Guinness Book of Records as being the the shortest song in the World at a staggering 1.316 seconds short!

I was introduced to the band by another school friend who loaned me some heavier stuff than what I was listening to – Kreator, Slayer, Doom, Civilised Society? And Doctor & the Crippens amongst others and Napalm Death’s debut Scum.

Most people’s first introduction to them was probably through a heavy metal special for Arena (an arts programme on BBC 2) in 1989.

Check out Breed To Breathe – the opening track from 1997’s Inside The Torn Apart.

You Suffer – don’t blink!!

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