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Albums: Mortals – Cursed to See the Future

August 28th, 2014

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Mortals
Cursed To See The Future
Relapse Records
07 July 2014

by Rob McAuslan

Relapse are on a bit of a tear of late, signing all manner of bands both old and new; from death metal legends like Obituary to North Carolina’s grind neophytes Columns, they’ve got new records in the works from most areas of extreme metal. It’s at least encouraging to see this kind of faith being shown in a time when the industry as a whole is apparently eating beans on toast five nights out of seven. Scooping up Mortals as a part of this recent drive may well be one of the smarter moves they’ve made.

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Album: Tombs – Savage Gold

June 4th, 2014

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Tombs
Savage Gold
Relapse Records
10 June 2014

by Pete Long

We live in an era of post-[suffix] genres. Tombs, the Brooklyn four-piece that made a name for themselves with 2011’s Path of Totality, might be loosely described as post-everything. In a fit of what might be described as either extreme ambition or common sense, they’ve taken a huge array of influences and welded them together. If their new album, Savage Gold, can’t convert people to Tombs’ way of thinking, then absolutely nothing will.

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Album: Exhumed – Necrocracy

July 30th, 2013

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Exhumed
Necrocracy
Relapse Records
05 August 2013

by Rob McAuslan

It’s as inescapable now as it ever was: the lazy, tedious comparison of gore-metal legends Exhumed to Carcass. Stop it. All of you. Yes, there’s a new Carcass record inbound – I understand and even share your excitement, I totally do – but Exhumed in 2013 are as similar to the Liverpudlian grinders as they ever truly were, which is to say not actually very much at all. Let’s talk about this record on its own terms for a second, shall we?

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Album: Revocation – Revocation

July 10th, 2013

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Revocation
Relapse Records
05 August 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Whilst the majority of bands fanny about deciding exactly which sub-sub-sub-subgenre of metal they’d like to fit exactly into, Dave Davidson and his crew in Revocation just get on with the business of writing excellent heavy metal. Also, it’s a widely-known fact that banjos on metal records rule.

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Album: Devourment – Conceived In Sewage

March 15th, 2013

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Devourment
Conceived In Sewage
Relapse Records
25 February 2013

by Rob McAuslan

I so badly wanted to be excited by this. Devourment are legends in the slam scene – their last record, Unleash The Carnivore, was a spine-snapping, gory delight – and this new one is produced by Erik Rutan. Surely Conceived In Sewage couldn’t be anything other than excellent? Well…it hasn’t exactly failed entirely, and there are some great bits on it, but overall it’s lacking…something.

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Sunday Slaylist: RIP Pat Egan from Relapse Records

February 24th, 2013

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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.

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Album: Burnt By The Sun – Heart Of Darkness

September 8th, 2009

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Burnt By The Sun
Heart Of Darkness
Relapse Records
19 August 2009

by Mike Strata

It’s not quite time yet to look back in retrospect on the good, the bad and the ugly albums 2009 has served up to us, but one thing is abundantly clear – 2009 has been the year of the comeback. From the monolithic crunch of Coalesce’s Ox, to Cave In’s sparkling return to form with their Planets Of Old 12 inch, some of the late 90s and early 00s’ most influential and downright incredible bands have crawled out of hiding to hit us full in the face with a flurry of the year’s best releases.

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