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.