Weekend List: Relapse at 25

Lists to check out over the weekend

Welcome to a new feature, where every weekend I’ll be uploading a list of albums from a publication or website, which I hope leads to some interesting discussions. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last decade and a half, it’s that us metal fans love a good list.

Relapse Records has been one of my favourite record labels for heavy music ever since I can remember. In particular, my favourite independent record store in Glasgow used to have an excellent selection of heavy music on one side of the shop, and within that they at one point had a section devoted entirely to Relapse releases. I remember fantasising about owning all of the CDs not just in that section, but in the whole Relapse catalogue, some day. And I gave it a good crack back when I spent all of the money I had (and didn’t have) on buying records – the very concept of Spotify would have actually been somewhat incomprehensible in those innocent days of the early 2000s.

This weekend’s (multiple but short) lists come from the latest issue, #257, of Terrorizer magazine, for which I have a digital subscription that I certainly get my money’s worth for £2.99 an issue. This most recent issue has an excellent extended feature on Relapse Records as they celebrate 25 years of putting out some of the best music around, and Terrorizer have put three lists together (The Old School, The New Breed, and 10 Forgotten Classics) to highlight some of the gems from one of the most rich and varied catalogues imaginable. I’ve put these together in Spotify playlists to accompany this post.

The Old School


  1. Incantation – “Devoured Death” from Onward to Golgotha (1992)
  2. Disembowelment – “The Tree of Life & Death” from Transcendence into the Peripheral (1993)
  3. Amorphis – “Black Winter Day” from Tales from the Thousand Lakes (1994)
  4. Neurosis – “Aeon” from Through Silver in Blood (1996)
  5. Brutal Truth – “Blind Leading the Blind” from Kill Trend Suicide (1996)
  6. Today Is the Day – “The Man Who Loves to Hurt Himself” from Temple of the Morning Star (1997)
  7. Nasum – “The Masked Face” from Inhale/Exhale (1998)
  8. The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Abe the Cop” from Under the Running Board (1998)
  9. Nile – “Smashing the Antiu” from Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (1998)
  10. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – “Die and Get the Fuck out of the Way” from Honky Reduction (1998)

The New Breed


  1. Inter Arma – “The Long Road Home” from Sky Burial (2013)
  2. Windhand – “Feral Bones” from Soma (2013)
  3. True Widow – “Creeper” from Circumambulation (2013)
  4. Pyrrhon – “White Flag” from The Mother of Virtues (2014)
  5. Nothing – “Dig” from Guilty of Everything (2014)
  6. Mortals – “Devilspell” from Cursed to See the Future (2014)
  7. Myrkur – “Ravnens Banner” from Myrkur (2014)
  8. Usnea – “Lying in Ruin” from Random Cosmic Violence (2014)
  9. Anatomy of Habit – “Radiate and Recede” from Ciphers + Axioms (2014)
  10. Primitive Man – “Loathe” from Home Is Where the Hatred Is (2015)

10 Forgotten Classics


  1. Anal Cunt – Morbid Florist (1993)
  2. Exit-13 – Ethos Musick (1994) [on Spotify as part of the compilation High Life!]
  3. Mindrot – Dawning (1995)
  4. Abscess – Seminal Vampires and Maggot Men (1996)
  5. Nightstick – Blotter (1997) [not available on Spotify]
  6. Morgion – Among Majestic Ruin (1997) [not available on Spotify]
  7. Soilent Green – Sewn Mouth Secrets (1998)
  8. Burst – Origo (2005)
  9. Buried Inside – Spoils of Failure (2009)
  10. Cripple Bastards – Nero in Metastasi (2014)

Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments!