Well here’s a surprise! Revocation, long time alumni at Relapse Records, have moved on, announcing that they have signed with Metal Blade Records.
Recent Relapse signees The Drip have come through with a substantial offering of grisly grindcore by the name of A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics. Our friends at American Aftermath have secured a full stream of the EP, and it is gnarly. If you’re in the market for grind a la Nasum and Rotten Sound, then The Drip should treat you quite nicely.
The first quarter of 2014 has borne witness to numerous jaw-dropping, Kleenex requiring albums and it is with great mirth that The Mother Of Virtues can be added to this list. Phantasmagoric and foreboding in their delivery, Pyrrhon have constructed a blood-curdling goliath of a record. Though it comes in at an ADHD unfriendly 54 minutes, this album should come with a statute requiring it to be listened to numerous times. It is simply too much to comprehend without them. View Full Article »
Pop-sludge extraordinaires Torche seems like the kind of band that should have already found a happy home at leading underground label Relapse Records, but apparently that wasn’t the case until now. As the band put finishing touches on the follow-up to 2012′s celebrated Harmonicraft — which was released by skateboard and clothing company Volcom Entertainment — they’ve announced that they have signed a deal with the label for a summer release.
Relapse Records has come to be one of my all-time favorite record labels, but I always did wish that they would repress much of their back catalog to vinyl. Lately, they’ve made quite the effort to do just that: Mastodon‘s Leviathan was quietly added to the Relapse webstore in a beautiful sunburst LP (since sold out!) while a big deal was rightfully made about Call of The Mastodon (blue/gold merge has since sold out!). Zombi‘s (entire?) discography got a re-release, and we know that Pig Destroyer‘s Prowler In The Yard is in the works. Now, Yob‘s 2003 doom metal classic Catharsis (originally released on Abstract Sounds) is the latest record getting that same treatment in a limited vinyl re-release.
I’ve been guilty of being asleep at the wheel here at Heavy Blog. I haven’t been as active since I started a full-time job, with Heavy Blog falling to part time hobby status. It turns out, real life is quite time consuming. As such, I haven’t been keeping up with new releases like I should have been. To aid with that, Relapse has offered up a new free sampler for 2013, which features cuts from albums released by the extreme metal mecca in the past (and upcoming!) few months, including tracks from Red Fang, Toxic Holocaust, Windhand, Ulcerate, Exhumed, Revocation, and more!
Relapse Records are a staple in the metal community, known as a mecca for all that is extreme metal. In their ranks, you’ll find a diverse array of artists performing doom, sludge, death, grind, and pretty much everything in between. They’re not exactly known for post- or prog metal acts, but perhaps the label are branching out with the signing of the Philadelphia shoegaze group Nothing.
Baroness‘ Yellow & Green was an astounding record. It ended up in my top 5 on last year’s list, and I’ve kept listening to it ever since. I was super stoked to see the band tour, however, with the bus accident that left them with multiple serious injuries and even caused two members to leave the band, it didn’t look like it would happen anytime soon, save for the occasional local gig. However, the band are back!
Crust-core grinders Call Of The Void have blessed us with yet another teaser in anticipation of their Relapse Records debut Dragged Down A Dead End Path later this month. ‘Endless Ritual Abuse‘ get’s it’s own lyric video and it gives us a chance to get up close and personal not only with their lyrics but that brilliantly filthy artwork that adorns the cover.