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Relapse Records Turns 25: Their 10 Most Groundbreaking Releases

A Return To The Roots Of Relapse Records

7. Amorphis – Elegy (1996)

Source // jpc.de

Source // jpc.de

Fundamentally ditching the Death Metal for a considered approach to Finnish folk influences and Melodic Progressive Metal, Amorphis bravely set sail into unchartered waters on their third record.

Clean, almost Classic Rock, vocals competed with the cave dwelling guttural grumblings of old and the two disparate styles blended perfectly; Amorphis completing their metamorphoses into a band that transcended genre and created something utterly unique.

Elegy had it all; originality, intricate melody, acoustic guitars, crushing riffs and shrewd yet effective keyboards. Few bands have the courage to alter their sound this drastically and few labels would then have the courage to release it. Fortunately, Amorphis were no normal band and Relapse no normal label.

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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