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Relapse Records
Relapse Records
is an American independent record label based in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. It was founded by Matthew F. Jacobson in 1990. The label features a large number of grindcore, death metal and sludge metal artists.

Contents

1 History 2 Musical style 3 Current artists[3] 4 Former artists 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] The label was started by Matthew F. Jacobson in August, 1990 in his parents' basement in Aurora, Colorado. The first two releases on the label were 7-inch singles by the bands Velcro Overdose and Face of Decline, closely followed by three death metal bands that would become among the biggest on the label, Deceased, Suffocation, and Incantation. After this, Jacobson became acquainted with William Yurkiewicz Jr., who became his partner in the record label. Yurkiewicz had founded his own record label, which was soon to release albums from the bands General Surgery, Disrupt, Destroy, Misery, and Yurkiewicz's own band Exit-13. The two joined forces to create Relapse Records, aiming to release high-quality, professionally packaged extreme music. In 1991, the label moved their headquarters to Millersville, Pennsylvania. In 1992, the label expanded its range with the creation of its subsidiary label called Release Entertainment, which specializes in experimental, ambient, industrial, and noise titles. With continued growth came a mail-order/wholesale operation that soon became the largest underground distribution center for all things metal in the United States[citation needed]. The mail-order service carried a wide array of extreme music recordings and merchandise, as well as publications from around the world. Throughout the years Relapse has continued to grow and sign on more influential artists from a broader range of genres. In 1996, Relapse unveiled the Resound Music Resource Guide. Resound gave fans direct access to the label's roster through interviews and reviews, as well as being part mail-order catalog. In 1998, Relapse opened a promotions office in Berlin, as well as establishing a German Distribution deal. In 2003, Relapse held a music festival - the Relapse Contamination Festival took place on January 18 and 19 at the Trocadero Theatre
Trocadero Theatre
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
and featured various Relapse artists. In 2000, the label relocated to Upper Darby, outside of Philadelphia
Philadelphia
and began plans to include a physical record store[citation needed]. In June 2001, the label opened their first record store off of South Street in Philadelphia. In 2010, Relapse announced that they had done a deal with intellectual property lawyer Eric Greif
Eric Greif
and Perseverance Holdings Ltd. to take over the Death catalog and brand internationally.[1] On August 5, 2011, Relapse announced a pay what you want partnership with Moshpit Tragedy Records, which will see one mp3 album from the Relapse catalog issued weekly through MoshpitTragedy.com.[2] Musical style[edit] The label specializes in various types of heavy metal. Recently, with the increasing popularity of extreme metal, Relapse Records
Relapse Records
has ostensibly become more mainstream, with bands on their roster frequently appearing on the front cover of the magazine Kerrang! and video plays on TV music channels, along with some albums charting on the Billboard 200. The word has also been spread by the sponsorship of such festivals as the Milwaukee Metalfest. It would be hard however to label the company as dealing in one specific style or another, as there are artists of such a wide variety on their roster, ranging from stoner rock and hardcore bands through to grindcore and death metal all the way to retro thrash metal and doom. Although much of the music released on Relapse is from bands in various punk and metal subgenres, the label has also released records from several artists in other genres, including math rock (Don Caballero), shoegazing (Nothing, Cloakroom), post-punk (Publicist UK), space rock (Zombi) and stand-up comedy (Brian Posehn). The officially licensed reissues the label has also released also adds many other genres into their style. Current artists[3][edit]

16 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Arcadea ASG Atriarch[4] Black Anvil Black Salvation Brain Tentacles Call of the Void Cephalic Carnage Christian Mistress Cloakroom Coffins Cough Cretin Cripple Bastards Culted Devourment Disfear Dying Fetus Ex Eye Exhumed Expulsion Full of Hell Gatecreeper Genocide Pact Graves at Sea Gruesome[5] Guttural Secrete Haemorrhage Horseback Ilsa Incantation[6] Integrity Inter Arma Inverloch Iron Monkey Iron Reagan John Frum Locrian Lycus Magrudergrind[7] Mammoth Grinder Miracle Moore, Steve Mortals[8] Myrkur Necrophagist Nothing Obituary Obscura Outer Heaven Pig Destroyer Pinkish Black Poison Blood Primate Primitive Man Red Fang Repulsion Ringworm Seven Sisters of Sleep Skinless[9] Sumerlands Survive[10] Tau Cross[11] The Obsessed Torche Toxic Holocaust Trappist True Widow Ulcerate Unearthly Trance Usnea[12] Valkyrie[13] Windhand Wrong[14] Yob Zeke Zombi

Former artists[edit]

Abysmal Dawn Agenda of Swine Alabama Thunderpussy The Album Leaf Alchemist Amorphis Anal Cunt Anatomy of Habit Antigama Baroness Bedemon Benümb Birds of Prey The Black Dahlia Murder Black Tusk Blockheads Blood Duster Bloodiest Bodychoke Bongzilla Brian Posehn Broughton's Rules Brutal Truth Buried Inside Burnt by the Sun Burst Car Bomb Chris Connelly Christian Mistress Circle of Animals Coalesce Columns Coldworker Coliseum Converge Convulse The County Medical Examiners Culted Dekapitator Dillinger Escape Plan Disembowelment Disrupt The Drip Dukatalon Don Caballero Dysrhythmia East West Blast Test Ecstatic Vision The End Exit-13 Facedowninshit Fuck the Facts Gadget General Surgery Genghis Tron Genocide Superstars Goblin Rebirth Godflesh Graves of Valor Hail!Hornet Halo Hemdale Hero Destroyed The High Confessions High on Fire Hooded Menace Hope Drone Howl Scott Hull Human Remains Indian Inevitable End Joel Grind Jucifer Kingdom of Sorrow Kill the Client Liberteer Looking for An Answer Lord Dying Maruta Man Must Die Mastodon Merzbow Mindrot Minsk Misery Index Mortals Mortician Mose Giganticus Mumakil Murder Construct Neurosis Noisear Nux Vomica Obliteration Opprobrium Pan.Thy.Monium Pentagram Phobia Publicist UK Pyrrhon Rabbits Razor Revocation Rotten Sound Royal Thunder Rumpelstiltskin Grinder Rwake Sean Cisneros Serpentine Path Spawn of Possession Titan Today Is the Day Tombs UltraMantis Black Unkind Unsane Voivod Vverevvolf Grehv Weapon Weekend Nachos Wolvserpent

See also[edit]

List of record labels Relapse Records
Relapse Records
artists

References[edit]

^ Classic Death, Control Denied Albums Being Reissued by Relapse ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/digital-media/relapse-records-teams-up-with-moshpit-tragedy-for-%E2%80%9Cpay-what-you-want%E2%80%9D-promo ^ Relapse Records
Relapse Records
Official Store ^ Atriarch Signs to Relapse, Stoneburner's Upcoming Album, and Other Heavy Music News - Blogtown, PDX - Portland Mercury ^ Gruesome: sign to Relapse; prepare debut album Metal Invader ^ "Death Metal Legends INCANTATION Re-Sign to Relapse Records, Announce New Album". relapse.com. Retrieved July 14, 2016.  ^ Magrudergrind
Magrudergrind
Sign with Relapse, Officially Announce New Album - MetalSucks ^ MORTALS Sign to Relapse Records
Relapse Records
- Metal Injection ^ Skinless Re-Sign To Relapse Records ^ "S U R V I V E Sign to Relapse Records, Prepare New Album". Relapse Records. Retrieved 2016-08-02.  ^ Amebix Official - Tau Cross (Members of Amebix & Voivod) Sign to Relapse Records ^ Usnea Signs With Relapse Records
Relapse Records
- Blabbermouth.net ^ Valkyrie Signs With Relapse Records
Relapse Records
- Blabbermouth.net ^ Relapse Sign Noise Rock Outfit WRONG – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

External links[edit]

Official website Relapse's entire back cat

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