An interview with The GAME Changing label Sentient Ruin Laboratories
Sentient Ruin Laboratories stands as one of the most eclectic independent metal/extreme music labels as well as one of the most consistent roster of releases. Glancing at their discography is basically a culling of the last few years’ standout releases: Vastum’s Hole Below, Altarage’s Nihl, Necrot’s Blood Offerings, and Hell’s Hell to name just a few. But the label is also responsible for some of the most interesting left-field offerings in the scene, including American’s Violate and Control, and Friendship’s Hatred. Sentient Ruin is also home to the re-release of Sleepwalker’s infamous “5772” and will be putting out their second album later this year. All of this together (along with breaking Portland’s current best death metal band, Petrification) makes Sentient Ruin one of the most interesting labels running and certainly the one to keep an eye on for anyone really interested in exploring the darkest and most experimental crevices of the scene (for instance who else would’ve introduced the world to Cryptae’s insane demo?).
Put it this way: there are only a handful of labels from whom I will purchase an album without even giving it a listen first. Sentient Ruin is one of them, and also the number one reason I started collecting tapes. What follows is an interview I conducted with the label’s mastermind.
If Sentient Ruin had a mission statement, what would it be?
How did you come to run a label in the first place?