“ home of Relapse Records „
Relapse.com is the home of Relapse Records, one of the largest extreme metal record labels in America, and their associated music webstore. Relapse have had some great artists on their roster over recent years, including Suffocation, Burst, Pig Destroyer, Nile, Neurosis, Nasum, Incantation, Unearthly Trance, Origin, Mastodon, Cephalic Carnage, and Dillinger Escape Plan, although admittedly some of these artists have now gone on to pastures new. Whilst they generally focus on grindcore and brutal death metal releases, the label also has a number of sludge and post-rock titles as well as more eclectic bands such as the horror themed synth/prog rock outfit Zombi, making them worth a look for rock and metal fans of varying tastes.
Relapse frequently sell limited edition vinyls of their artists through their webstore, and for a long time I used to buy these regularly along with numerous cds often ordered in bulk, as a couple of years ago the exchange rate between the pound and the dollar meant that buying from Relapse was around a third cheaper than buying from within the UK even after factoring in international postage. The same went for tshirts and hoodies, of which Relapse offer a wide selection in a variety of sizes, but this has all changed now and buying from Relapse is no longer the great bargain it once was, although its prices remain reasonable all the same.
Their service is excellent, and I have placed dozens of orders without a single complaint to date. They accept both credit cards and paypal, although they suggest you use cards as these transactions are processed more quickly. The range of cds, vinyls and tshirts they stock is immense, and its always worth looking to see what they have in the bargain section too. They also stock an entertaining range of cheesy horror films and books on horror/metal themes, and they regularly send out a free catalogue by the name of 'Resound Magazine' which includes film reviews, album news, and interviews in addition to stock listings and ordering info.
The website is very professionally laid out and maintained and in addition to their online catalogue there are also listings of upcoming band tour-dates and track samples of bands on their roster. When you first load up the site you are made to click through not one but two adverts for upcoming releases which is mildly annoying but apart from that tiny criticism there isnt much to complain about. Well worth a look for metal fans!