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Relapse Records Turns 25: Their 10 Most Groundbreaking Releases

A Return To The Roots Of Relapse Records

5. Dying Fetus – Destroy The Opposition (2000)

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Rescuing Death Metal from its law of diminishing returns, Dying Fetus were signed by Relapse for their third album and the stunning result was Destroy The Opposition; a statement of bulldozing intent if ever there was one.

Featuring tremolo riffing, accomplished blast-beats, Demilich-inspired growls and the heaviest, bowel-scraping grooves this side of NYDM legends Suffocation, Destroy The Opposition was modern Death Metal gold and Relapse instantly recognised its true value. 

The Deathcore bands who came to prominence a decade later were blatantly paying attention when this political sucker punch arrived in 2000 but it’s Dying Fetus who are still breaking the boundaries; their fan-assisted stint on the main stage at Download last year proving their long-standing appeal.

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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