Relapse Records Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Monumental Compilation


At times, some metal record labels make baffling decisions and eschew their rich history and impressive back-catalogue in favor of promoting decidedly un-metal acts that may or may not make lots of money. Other times, labels simply jump on the next scene bandwagon in hopes of staying relevant among younger audiences. Relapse Records is not one of those labels.

It should be pretty obvious to any long-time metal fans that the big record labels of yesteryear are struggling. Earache seems to be exploring everything but metal. Roadrunner Records is seeing more and more of their stable acts jump ship. Several of the other giants seem to be struggling for relevance as well. However, Relapse Records, home to such greats as Agoraphobic NosebleedHooded Menace, and Obscura, continues to keep their ear to the underground and release consistently quality extreme music. In fact, while other labels have sought new trends, Relapse appears to be bidding on quality, as evidenced by their recent acquisition of Magrudergrind.

What’s even more impressive is that this label has been banking on extremity for 25 years. In celebration of that grand heritage, Relapse is dropping a “name your price” 183(!) track compilation on Bandcamp. This collection reads like a résumé of who’s who in the metal game. You’ll find great songs from stalwarts like Nile and High on Fire but also buried treasures from lesser-known killers like Columns and Nux Vomica. I was pleasantly surprised to see the rarely mentioned but excellent Coldworker included.

As it is, there really is no reason for you not to buy this collection. So celebrate the glory of metal and the splendor of one of the last great record labels. Jam the collection below and purchase the compilation here.

Many thanks to Celtic Frosty for bringing this to my attention.
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  • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

    Be the first to comment.

  • In homer Simpson voice: Mmmmmmm relapse arrrrgghhggttttf

  • CyberneticOrganism
  • I used to enjoy getting those Relapse samplers whenever I mail ordered from them back in the day. There used to be at least 10 new bands on there that I would discover.

    • VVayne Brady

      Your avatar seems to have advanced both in age and in rage.

      • This is the result of eating 3 Kahuna burgers a day for 15 years straight.

        • KJM

          Pissed because no one offered you a tasty beverage?

          • No, I washed it all down with high fructose corn syrup and now I have heart disease, hypertension & diabetes.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Speaking of which, I haven’t even heard of Coldworker.

    183 songs, name your price… that is confounding. I normally go into those for like $4.00.

    • I LiEk FrEe StUfF

    • EsusMoose

      I’m doing $1. Because I’m cheap and went on a bandcamp spree last week.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Shrewd negotiating.

    • Anders Jakobsson from Nasum played drums in it. When they were still together 🙁

      • Tyree

        He is such an underrated drummer.

        • He even did vox, if I remember correctly.

          • Tyree

            Really!?! Was it just studio? I don’t think he did live.

          • Yeah, it might have been just studio. He has a variety of credits on the Grind Finale compilation.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus


  • Tyree

    I heard that Natalie Imbruglia is jamming this playlist today. She’s pretty goddamn metal. I think her favorite band from Relapse is Human Remains, I could be wrong though. She always had a hot spot for Repulsion and Disembowelment

  • Unrelated but I just came across this and am now dying of laughter: The Police Force, now that’s a bad joke:

    • RustyShackleford


    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      Love how the window shatters after he walks into the door. GTA physics are so weird.

      • It’s got so many little systems in it and when they clash it’s pretty much the best thing ever

        • See also: Putting things on shelves in Bethesda games.

  • Nordling Rites ov BDSM

    This is not bad news.

    • VVayne Brady

      Some might even call it good news.

      • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

        Some might even call it quite exciting news.

      • Nordling Rites ov BDSM

        Some might say all kinds of daring things.

  • RustyShackleford


  • I am going to leave this right… here. (refresh)


    • Do they come in stained with the blood of posers color?

    • Nordling Rites ov BDSM

      God no! He’s already too loud.

    • VVayne Brady

      I almost flagged this comment.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Tyree

      Speaking of Hells Headbangers have you checked out that THE HAUNTING PRESENCE album? It’s released today but they only have one song available for listening. I think you’ll dig it.

    • Scrimm

      Looks like a good time.

    • Tyree

      That’s such a killer line-up. I’d kill to see Sacrocurse live! I’ve seen Archgoat and Black Whitchery, both bands destroyed.

  • I must admit i’m excited about the Magrudergrind signing. Definitely a fit for Relapse.

    • Tyree

      Relapse dose good things for grindcore. Blockheads and Looking For an Answer are two of my favorites on the label right now. Not sure what happened to Regurgitate, they sort of just fell of the face of the planet I guess. I’d love to hear more shit from them.

      • VVayne Brady

        Blockheads are on the comp. 🙂

  • Another Relapse note, I went to a fest they had in Philly probably about 10 years ago. Definitely one of the best shows I ever went to – Mastodon, Pig Destroyer, Cephalic Carnage,Today is The Day, High on Fire, Dillinger Escape Plan, Neurosis The End and Dysrhythmia. I’m sure I’m leaving out a few but that is one solid line up. I was very drunk and high for Neurosis and that just enhanced the experience.

    • Tyree

      Today is the Day always deliver live. So fucking savage.

    • VVayne Brady

      That is quite the tasty burger.

    • FeelTheDarknessness

      It was worth every penny

      • Yup, that’s the one and worth every penny indeed.

  • Stockhausen

    Hail Relapse, stay 25.

  • Celtic Frosty

    Been listening to this playlist all day. Actually re-created it on Spotify because I have literally nothing to do at work.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Off topic but I just realized that Sunny D is awful. Why do people drinking it?

    • Kuukupööpötin Tapir

      Because you touch yourself at night.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        Why are you so mean?

        • Kuukupööpötin Tapir

          Because I don’t touch myself enough at night

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            Why is that my fault?

          • Commander Shepard

            Why isn’t it?

          • Commander Shepard

            At least you’re honest!

          • KJM

            “And that is why you fail.”

          • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

            Here’s something you can touch yourself to:


          • Kuukupööpötin Tapir

            That makes me moist.

    • Here’s all the proof you need not to drink it.

  • Dagon

    March of the Fire Ants >>>>>>>>>
    Relapse >>>>>>>>>>

    Don’t sleep on their last year round-up, also name your rice, also (slightly less) epic.

  • Tastiest non-metal thing Relapse has ever done.

    • Dagon

      This album is fucking AWESOME. LOVE THE FEMALE VICALS and their bend with the male is cool also riffs pretty long

      • Every song in which she sings is stellar. Have you heard their debut? I like Circumambulation, but their debut blows it away X17862786268743.666.

        • Dagon

          Never heard. Is it on BC as well?

          • What’s BC? Been drinking, can’t make sense of shit. It came out on End Sounds but I think someone is set to repress it . . . research needed. Their second record came out on Kemado. Good shit, but also not as brilliant as the debut.

  • Dan Wolfson

    Sure, they’ve had their fair share of poop, but without the rest of the lineup we’d be missing out on SO many sick bands. Bidet on my ass.

  • It’s time to… Open my Pokédex, once again! *puts the cap backwards*

  • Rho Stone

    yo ho yo ho