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Shane Cotee Why do I love this album? How could I not love this album. This is so insanely addicting, and I don't even really know why. It's just the perfect metal for 2021. Thank you. Favorite track: Hypoesthesia.
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Ippocalyptica Being a strong supporter of the label, I sort of know what to expect now from Sentient Ruin releases, except that I never actually know what I am going to get. The metal is always extreme, but the permutations are remarkable in their diversity. Labored Breath have unleashed upon us one of 2021’s best black metal debut albums, an imperious monument to claustrophobia, dissonance, and chaos, inspired by the finest Icelandic traditions but beholden to none of them. Another strong win for SR! Favorite track: Pathogenesis.
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quieted_darkness Nice exhibition of extreme aptitude and calm, dark ambience with plenty of breathing room for the rest of the main instruments.
Hypoesthesia 08:40
Agnosia 08:46
Serpent Womb 03:23
Belie 07:04
Pathogenesis 08:15


Thirty six minutes of soul-destroying evolved black metal, "Dyspnea" is the towering debut offering from Oakland CA one-man black metal entity Labored Breath, a project conceived as unapologetic devotion to the moment of reckoning of one's ultimate finality, and as a conceptual aural evisceration of mankind's minuscule and pathetic existence within the blink of an eye of an infinite, eternal void. The literal medical definition of gasping for air as the final breath appears at the horizon, and of finite stubborn existence attempting to subvert the infinity and inevitability of death, "Dyspnea" is a harrowing trip deep inside humanity's biggest fears and its all-encompassing insignificance. It is the moment of realization and the crippling instance within one's existence in which the immensity and omnipotence of death pierces the final and most armored under layers of consciousness and denial and stares at the human being straight in the eye to make it kneel in the shadow of total unavoidability. Bridging the spellbinding atmospherics and evocative power of Icelandic black metal (Sinmara, Carpe Noctem, Misþyrming, Svartidauði) with the crushing violence and brute antagonism of French black metal (Aosoth, Drastus, Antaeus), Labored Breath has created an intimidating and majestic black metal crucible that shape-shifts and morphs in perpetual motion, stirring an immense sinister aural maelstrom of tenebrous surrealism and masterful sonic destruction as ultimate and supreme homage to the omnipotence and splendor of our endless Destroyer.


released April 2, 2021

Written and recorded by JK
All instruments by JK
Mastered by Avinash Mittur
Guest vocals on "Belie" by Avinash Mittur and MA
Guest vocals on "Agnosia" by MA
Artwork by BMS Illustration
Design and layout by MA


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