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Each Breath Haunted [PA]

  • 1. Devilhawks
    2. Venom and Hope
    3. I'll Be Happy When You're Fucking Dead
    4. Allergy to Sun, An
    5. Sovereign of the Black Pit
    6. Black Hood
    7. Allergy to Silver, An
    8. Hell on a Horse
    9. Interlude
    10. Muddweller
    11. Coffin Nails
    12. Tragedy
    13. I Am Legend
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 57

  • Credits
    ProducerEric Rachel; Eric Rachel
    EngineerEric Rachel

    The Banner: Ian Mullen, Chris Leboeuf, Mike LeBoeuf, Garrett Defalco, Joey Southside.
    Personnel: Carl Severson (vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Eric Rachel.
    Recording information: Trax East, South River, NJ (04/2005-05/2005).
    With so many rampant (and oftentimes forced) attempts at expressing heartfelt emotion coursing through the mid-2000s East Coast metalcore scene, the Banner's decision to pen surprisingly clever horror movie lyrics instead is not only refreshing, but downright entertaining. Where else, pray, have you heard a well-spoken werewolf's earnest plea ("An Allergy to Silver") to be set free from his curse, lately? Sure, the Banner's tack can be decidedly less subtle on other occasions (see "I'll Be Happy When You're Fucking Dead"), but as a whole, Each Breath Haunted seems to suggest what the Misfits might have sounded like had they been members of this generation. The coincidences don't end with the lyrics, either, as, musically, hardcore is also the Banner's bread and butter, with typical fare like "An Allergy to the Sun," "Black Hood," and "Muddweller" proffering melodic examples of the genre before expanding into some metallic, start-stop chicanery for good measure. Elsewhere, soft but ominous basslines introducing or comprising the entirety of several cuts ("Devilhawks," "Sovereign of the Black Pit," "Interlude") are used to successfully heighten the dynamic effect of the next metalcore thrash-out. And on the closing "I Am Legend," the Banner both admits and exorcises its Misfits fascination with an epic new take on the Richard Matheson vampire masterpiece. It's a bit too early to tell, of course, but at least on the strength of this excellent LP, there's no reason why these guys couldn't eventually prove equally relevant for their generation. Hey, it could happen. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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