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Relapse Records Turns 25: Their 10 Most Groundbreaking Releases

A Return To The Roots Of Relapse Records

9. High On Fire – Blessed Black Wings (2005)

Source // batzbatz.com

Source // batzbatz.com

Blessed Black Wings reeks of blood, sweat and mother*ckin’ beers and High On Fire, the greatest power-trio since Motorhead incidentally, had blatantly stashed away an arsenal of riffs powerful enough to destroy continents.

Sounding truly HEAVY isn’t as easy as it looks but by letting Matt Pike and his cohorts off the leash, Relapse enabled a band with much promise to fully realise their potential. The result was an album heavier than a thousand suns and just as huge as that analogy would suggest; albums rarely sound so preposterously massive.

With Blessed Black Wings, Relapse sent out a clear message to all those bands who still burned with the desire to simply plug-in and unleash all hell; pure Rock fury was still relevant and Relapse would be the ones to let it breathe.

About Chris Jennings (1986 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

5 Comments on Relapse Records Turns 25: Their 10 Most Groundbreaking Releases

  1. Stéphane Pageau // March 8, 2015 at 3:02 am // Reply

    Hi Chris,

    Interesting list, to say the least. “Through Silver in Blood” as #1 is spot-on. That album is one the heaviest albums of all time. And it was so, so groundbreaking. And still is. Neurosis absolutely rules. I can’t say I agree with all your picks (High on Fire?), but your passion is obvious, so I’ll drink to that. But man, where is “Using Sickness as a Hero” by Human Remains? That’s a forgotten classic for sure. Thanks for the great read.

    Stéphane Pageau

    • Chris Jennings // March 9, 2015 at 10:24 am // Reply

      Hey man, thanks for reading and commenting. “Using Sickness As A Hero” is a unique album I’ll say that much, look for it in a future article!

  2. I like this list. It is a good list. Thank you.

  3. Thanks, man.

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