Relapse Records

Few generalizations about metal music can be said to be universally true, but that the genre has always been powered by its fans’ intense devotion is one of these, from the founding fathers of heavy metal to the countless microcosms that have emerged over the course of the last thirty years. Accordingly, Relapse Records’s commitment to understanding – and exceeding – its fans’ standards has matched that intensity for as long as the label has existed.

The year 2015 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Relapse Records, making it one of the longest-running independent metal imprints of all time. Currently based in Upper Darby, PA and Portland, OR, Relapse is world-renowned for its diversity and dedication to left-of-center music. In the two and half decades since the label’s inception, Relapse has established itself as a name that fuses its passionate and forward-thinking perspective with a strict attention to quality, and as a label whose integrity hasn’t wavered even after withstanding massive changes in metal music & in the industry as a whole.

The Album Leaf “Between Waves”
THE ALBUM LEAF has been making its mark as a soft-spoken innovator steadily and surely since 1999. It’s clear mastermind Jimmy LaValle is unafraid of thinking outside the box, both as an individual artist & within the lager scope of modern music. Now, a newly solidified lineup are poised to deliver another sonic triumph with 2016’s ‘Between Waves’.

Ringworm “Snake Church”
Ever since emerging from the Cleveland underground, RINGWORM has garnered the immediate attention of hardcore and metal fans. RINGWORM displays an awesome ferocity in the power of its instruments, and vocalist The Human Furnace uses his voice as a tool to extract the diabolical nature of anyone who hears it. The band has released 8 albums and toured with dozens of prominent acts over the years.

Nothing “Eaten By Worms”
People often wonder why Philadelphia’s NOTHING are so damn loud. In the case of many artists, the volume stems from a preoccupation with negativity, misanthropy and the human condition, drawn from the band’s own personal experiences. In the case of NOTHING, that volume, rather than a selling point, is the only way the band has been able to translate the difficulty of real-life into musical form.

Wrong “Turn In”
Miami’s high-energy noise rock quartet WRONG (featuring ex-members of Torche, Kylesa and Capsule) unveil their self-titled full-length debut, a raucous and modern take on 90’s grunge and alternative metal. After streamrolling onto the scene in 2014 with their promising debut EP and unrelenting live show, WRONG now deliver eleven riff-driven, powerhouse songs replete with battering grooves, dissonant melodies and cathartic vocals. WRONG play noise rock for a new millennium, and this is one of the most infectious and captivating heavy debuts in years.

Red Fang “Shadows”
In 2005, David Sullivan, Maurice Bryan Giles, Aaron Beam, and John Sherman consolidated their powers to form RED FANG. They played their first, legendary show on the final night of that year, welcoming 2006 with buckets of sweat and splinters of destruction. Exactly one year later, they were opening for The Melvins and Big Business. In their previous bands, the members of Red Fang created difficult, complicated, challenging music. With Red Fang, they take a different approach, returning to what initially inspired them to form bands – heavy, exciting, sometimes threatening music that at first appears simple and straightforward, but whose sophistication reveals itself upon repeated listening. The progenitors were bands like Black Flag, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Slayer, and The Melvins, but there are a crop of contemporary bands that exhibit the same inspirational combination of heaviness, deceptive simplicity, and catchiness – Hot Snakes, Big Business, The Melvins, and QOTSA. It is Red Fang’s goal to create music that, as writer Lance Chess describes, “appeals to both the thinking and the banging head.” They do not restrict themselves to any particular genre, instead playing what they enjoy…badass, heavy music. Red Fang has two albums under their belt: Red Fang’s debut self-titled release (2009) and Murder the Mountains (2011). On their Chris Funk (Decemberists) produced, Vance Powell (Kings of Leon, White Stripes, Raconteurs) mixed Relapse debut Murder the Mountains, the quartet wave a middle finger at fashion and bet the proverbial house on substance over style.

Red Fang has quickly become known for their hilarious, critically acclaimed viral videos directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Band of Horses, Flogging Molly, Turbonegro). The band told Blabbermouth.net: “Working with Whitey again was great, because we knew the end result would be amazing — he doesn’t half-ass. But it was also a little scary, because Whitey would do whatever it took to get the ultimate shot, even if it meant killing us.” As warriors of the road, Red Fang have extensively toured North America, playing major festivals like Rock on The Range, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour, and a recent confirmation for Metallica’s Orion Music & More Fest in addition to high-profile tours with Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape, Crowbar, Helmet & Saint Vitus. The release of ‘Murder The Mountains’ also saw the band expanding their global footprint as they embarked on their first European trek with The Ocean and Intronaut followed by an extensive run with Mastodon. Europeans immediately fell in love with the Fang as they will be heading back in the Spring of 2012 on their first headlining trek in addition to a series of major festival appearances across the continent. 2012 promises to be the biggest year yet for these bearded Portlanders who show no sign of slowing down as they continue to bestow their intense live performances upon audiences throughout the world. Red Fang are determined to trample the feeble rock world with the force of an ill-tempered wooly mammoth. Their unique brand of humor, catchy songwriting & independent attitude are sure to turn a few heads in 2012 and beyond.