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Relapse Records Turns 25: Their 10 Most Groundbreaking Releases

A Return To The Roots Of Relapse Records

4. Nasum – Human 2.0 (2000)

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Inhale/Exhale may be the popular choice but Nasum’s true foray into brilliance was on Human 2.0; a record that grabbed Grindcore by the balls and dragged it biting and gnashing into the 21st century.

With newly-channeled songwriting prowess, Nasum pushed themselves to the brink of Grindcore acceptability. With more than a hint of melody and mainstream Metal riffs jostling with the expected bursts of hyper-mania and feral barks and shouts courtesy of sadly deceased frontman Mieszko Talarczyk, Nasum may have p*ssed off the purists but in return Relapse had on their hands a ground-breaking record to kick off the new millennium.

Grindcore always had a tendency to inflict mindless damage but where Human 2.0 succeeded was in embracing musicality and offering light to Nasum’s previously cavernous shade. 

Nasum truly walked the wire on Human 2.0 and transformed the Grindcore landscape as a result. Human 2.0 could have been entitled Grindcore 2.0 as Nasum set about altering the genre’s parameters once again.

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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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