This week we’re turning over the Sunday Slaylist to something a little different – we want you to go buy something. On Monday 18 February, Pat Egan, Relapses Records’ Director of Retail Sales, died following a the result of complications with a case of pneumonia. To raise money for Pat’s daughter’s college fund, the folks over at Relapse have gone and put together a compilation of 20 of the finest bands ever to have worked with the label – and we think it’d be a damn fine gesture if a few of our readers joined us in buying it, in recognition of the awesome music Pat helped bring us over the years, as well as to help out the family of a fellow metal fan when they need it most.
The bands featured on the compilation are Pat’s favourites, and among the tracks included is a previously-unreleased track from Exhumed – as if you needed any further good reasons to shell out $5 for this compilation. Also featured in the tracklist are Mastodon, Kingdom of Sorrow, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Baroness, Red Fang, Death, Brutal Truth, Dying Fetus, Revocation, Black Anvil, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer, Zombi, Toxic Holocaust, Brian Posehn, Murder Construct, Horseback, Abysmal Dawn, and Total Fucking Destruction. That, ladies and gentlemen, is one impressively brutal line-up.
It’s a sign to how respected Pat was by the artists that he worked with that all 20 bands contributing to this compilation have waived their royalty fees for this compilation, to maximise the amount of money it will raise for Pat’s family. Ben Weinman from The Dillinger Escape Plan described Egan as “one of the most passionate and positive people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. For someone who worked in this often thankless music business for as long as he did, Pat always loved what he did and always expressed that to everyone around him. Pat was someone who tied people together and we will all miss him immensely.”
As we mentioned above, this compilation is available for the astonishingly low price of just $5 from this location, but you can of course donate more if you want to. At the time of writing, that’s less than £3.30, which is less than the cost of a pint of beer we bought earlier this weekend. This is one occasion where you really, really, really don’t want to be the cheapskate guy who just streams it.
You can also send donations directly via PayPal if that’s your thing – the email address you want to send them to is firstname.lastname@example.org.