Inspired by Albert Mudrian's book Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore, Hellacopters frontman and former Entombed drummer Nicke Andersson formed Death Breath in 2005 as a tribute to old-school Swedish death metal. In contrast to its more technical American counterpart, early-'90s Swedish death metal featured filthy tones and simple, bluesy riffs. Andersson's return to this sound is a homecoming of sorts, as some Death Breath material wouldn't be out of place on Entombed's first two albums, Left Hand Path and Clandestine, or Death's Scream Bloody Gore.
After an eponymous 7" in June 2006, the band made its full-length debut later that year with Stinking Up the Night. The album featured Andersson on drums and guitars, Robert Pehrsson (Runemagick, Deathwitch, Wrecks, the Preachermen, Thunder Express) on guitars and vocals, and vocal contributions from Jörgen Sandström (ex-Grave, ex-Entombed, the Project Hate, Vicious Art, Krux), Scott Carlson (Repulsion), and Fred Estby (Dismember). Magnus Hedquist rounded out the lineup on bass, but bowed out in fall 2006 for undisclosed reasons. Dispelling talk that it was merely a side project, the band made its live debut in October 2006 in Sweden, with Carlson on bass and Erik Wallin (Harms Way, Merciless) on second guitar. In 2007, the band issued the seven-track Let It Stink EP on Black Lodge Records, featuring covers of Bathory, G.B.H., and Discharge. ~ Cosmo Lee