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|Founder||Matthew F. Jacobson|
|Distributor(s)||RED (U.S.), INgrooves (Canada), eOne Music (worldwide)|
|Genre||Extreme metal, hardcore punk, rock, electronic|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Upper Darby, Pennsylvania|
Relapse Records is an American independent record label based in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. It was founded by Matthew F. Jacobson in 1990. The label features a large number of grindcore, death metal and sludge metal artists.
The label was started by Matthew F. Jacobson in August, 1990 in his parents' basement in Aurora, Colorado. The first two releases on the label were 7-inch singles by the bands Velcro Overdose and Face of Decline, closely followed by three death metal bands that would become among the biggest on the label, Deceased, Suffocation, and Incantation.
After this, Jacobson became acquainted with William Yurkiewicz Jr., who became his partner in the record label. Yurkiewicz had founded his own record label, which was soon to release albums from the bands General Surgery, Disrupt, Destroy, Misery, and Yurkiewicz's own band Exit-13. The two joined forces to create Relapse Records, aiming to release high-quality, professionally packaged extreme music.
In 1991, the label moved their headquarters to Millersville, Pennsylvania. In 1992, the label expanded its range with the creation of its subsidiary label called Release Entertainment, which specializes in experimental, ambient, industrial, and noise titles. With continued growth came a mail-order/wholesale operation that soon became the largest underground distribution center for all things metal in the United States. The mail-order service carried a wide array of extreme music recordings and merchandise, as well as publications from around the world.
Throughout the years Relapse has continued to grow and sign on more influential artists from a broader range of genres. In 1996, Relapse unveiled the Resound Music Resource Guide. Resound gave fans direct access to the label's roster through interviews and reviews, as well as being part mail-order catalog.
In 1998, Relapse opened a promotions office in Berlin, as well as establishing a German Distribution deal. In 2003, Relapse held a music festival - the Relapse Contamination Festival took place on January 18 and 19 at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and featured various Relapse artists. In 2000, the label relocated to Upper Darby, outside of Philadelphia and began plans to include a physical record store. In June 2001, the label opened their first record store off of South Street in Philadelphia.
The label specializes in various types of heavy metal. Recently, with the increasing popularity of extreme metal, Relapse Records has ostensibly become more mainstream, with bands on their roster frequently appearing on the front cover of the magazine Kerrang! and video plays on TV music channels, along with some albums charting on the Billboard 200. The word has also been spread by the sponsorship of such festivals as the Milwaukee Metalfest.
It would be hard however to label the company as dealing in one specific style or another, as there are artists of such a wide variety on their roster, ranging from stoner rock and hardcore bands through to grindcore and death metal all the way to retro thrash metal and doom.
Although much of the music released on Relapse is from artists in various punk and metal subgenres, the label has also released records from several bands in other genres, including math rock, shoegazing, post-punk and space rock.
The officially licensed reissues the label has also released also adds many other genres into their style.
- Abysmal Dawn
- Agoraphobic Nosebleed
- Anatomy of Habit
- Black Anvil
- Black Tusk
- Broughton's Rules
- Brutal Truth
- Call of the Void
- Cephalic Carnage
- Christian Mistress
- The County Medical Examiners
- Cripple Bastards
- Dying Fetus
- Ecstatic Vision
- General Surgery (band)
- Goblin Rebirth
- Graves at Sea
- Guttural Secrete
- Hooded Menace
- Hope Drone
- Inter Arma
- Iron Reagan
- Kill the Client
- Kingdom of Sorrow
- Looking for an Answer
- Lord Dying
- Moore, Steve
- Murder Construct
- Nux Vomica
- Pig Destroyer
- Pinkish Black
- Primitive Man
- Publicist UK
- Red Fang
- Royal Thunder
- Serpentine Path
- Spawn of Possession
- Tau Cross
- The Drip
- The Obsessed
- Toxic Holocaust
- True Widow
- UltraMantis Black
- Unearthly Trance
- Weekend Nachos
- Agenda of Swine
- Brian Posehn
- Car Bomb
- Chris Connelly
- Dillinger Escape Plan
- Don Caballero
- Fuck the Facts
- Genghis Tron
- The High Confessions
- High on Fire
- Scott Hull
- Inevitable End
- Misery Index
- Mose Giganticus
- Rotten Sound
- Sean Cisneros
- Vverevvolf Grehv
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