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2017 Relapse Records Staff Album Of The Year Lists

2017 was yet another incredible year for music as an overabundance of amazing new records and reissues were released across all genres and formats. The Relapse Records staff has compiled their favorite albums, musical moments and misc. debris of the year. We decided not to include any Relapse related releases out of fairness to all the equally exceptional records that worked on this year (interns excluded). We look forward to all that 2018 has to offer and to continue releasing the finest independent and underground music for your listening (dis)pleasure. Enjoy!

STAFF

Matt Blanks

Godflesh – Post-Self
Pallbearer – Heartless
Pyrrhon – What Passes For Survival
Unsane – Sterilize
Devil Worshipper – Inverted Crossroads
Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid
TOMBS – The Grand Annihilation
Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Ufomammut – 8

 

Matt Diffley

Albums

Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape
Tomb Mold – Primordial Malignity
Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon
Fennec – One Night Could Change Your Life
Pillorian – Obsidian Arc
Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
Triumvir Foul – Spiritual Bloodshed
Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre
Temple of Void – Lords of Death

EPs/Demos

Tomb Mold – Cryptic Transmissions
Fluoride – S/T
Portrayal of Guilt – S/T
Ultra Silvam – S/T
Sinmara – Within the Weaves of Infinity

Best Performances

Denzel Curry. Death Grips. Blank Banshee. Run The Jewels. Tomb Mold. Angel Olsen. Pageninteynine. Majority Rule.

 

Frank Huang

Alphabetical Order:

Acephalix – Decreation
All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal
Amenra – Mass VI
Axis – Shift
Big Brave – Ardor
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Chepang – A Tale of Wildfire
Converge – The Dusk In Us
Friendship – Hatred
Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
Royal Thunder – The Wick
Sunrot – Sunnata
Wailin Storm – Sick City
Woe – Hope Attrition

 

Rennie Jaffe

New Releases:

Aldous Harding “Party’ 4AD
Anti-Sex “Un Mejor Futuro” Thrilling Living Records
Ash Borer “The Irrespassable Gate” Profound Lore Records
Bedouine ‘Bedouine’ Spacebomb Records
Chavez “Cockfighters’ Matador
The Cowboy “The Cowboy Album” Fashionable Idiots
Death Worship “Extermination Mass” Nuclear War Now! Productions
Haram “When You Have Won, You Have Lost” Toxic State Records
Impalers “Cellar Dwellar” 540 Records
Laraaji “Sun Gong” All Saints
The New Year “Snow” Undertow
Pura Mania “Cerebros Punk” Cvrecs
Spectral Voice “Eroded Corridors” Dark Descent Records
Venenum “Trance Of Death” Sepulchral Voice Records
The Weather Station s/t Paradise Of Bachelors

Reissue:

Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda “The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda” Luaka Bop
Bill Fox “Before I Went To Harvard” Eleventh Hour Recording Company
Blaze Foley “The Lost Muscle Shoals Recordings” End Of An Ear
Fumio Miyashita “Live On The Boffomundo Show” Drag City
John Frusciante “Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt” Superior Viaduct
The Johnson Spiritual Singers “Don’t Let The Devil Ride” Detroit Gospel Reissue Project
Keiji Haino “Watashi Dake?” Black Editions
Midori Takada “Through The Looking Glass” Palto Flats
Nightstick “Blotter” Armageddon Shop
Ragnar Grippe “Sand” Dais Records
Rev. Jodie Holmes “When I Could I Wouldnt Now I Want To But I Can’t” Detroit Gospel Reissue Project
Steve Reich “Drumming” Elektra Nonesuch
Tony Conrad “Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plane” Superior Viaduct
Various “Tokyo Flashback” Black Editions
Vietnam “Vietnam” BFE Records

 

Mike Juliano

Top 10 Albums Of 2017 That I Didn’t Work On:

Anatomia – Cranial Obsession
Autopsy – Puncturing The Grotesque
Blood Feast – The Future State Of Wicked
Condor – Unstoppable Power
Extremity – Extremely Fucking Dead
Immolation – Atonement
Midnight – Sweet Death And Ecstasy
Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape
Satan’s Hallow ‎- Satan’s Hallow
Undergang – Misantropologi

Honorable Mentions:

Acephalix – Decreation
FKU – 1981
Oz – Transition State
Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing
Tomb Mold – Primordial Malignity

Biggest Disappointment (aka the most HUSS) release Of 2017:

Memoriam – For The Fallen

 

Drew Juergens

(Production Mananger and purveyor of fine vinyl)

Perturbator – New Model
Mind Mold – Mind Mold
Death of Lovers – The Acrobat
Vallenfyre – Fear Those Who Fear Him
The Ruins of Beverast – Exuvia
City Keys – Unrest EP
Beck – Colors
Aosoth – V: the inside scriptures
All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal
Eighteen Visions – XVIII
Altarage – Endinghent
Unsane – Sterilize
laze of Perdition – Conscious Darkness
Junius – Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light
Slow – V-Oceans
Acephalix – Decreation

Orion Landau

Rakta – Oculto Pelos Seres 7″
Convulsing/ Siberian Hell Sounds Split
Dodecahedron – Kwintessens
Necro Deathmort – Overland
Unsane – Sterilize
Emma Ruth Rundle & Jaye Jayle – The Time Between Us
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch – Blade Runner 2049
Necrot – Blood Offerings
Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meae
Tchornobog – Tchornobog

 

Bob Lugowe

Top 15 Heavy (A-Z)

Amenra – Mass VI
Converge – The Dusk in Us
Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
Grave Pleasures – Motherblood
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Planning for Burial – Below the House
Progenie Terrestre Pura – oltreLuna
Royal Thunder – Wick
Ruby the Hatchet – Planetary Space Child
Serpent Column – Ornuthi Thalassa
Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
Tchornobog – Tchornobog
Ufomammut – 8
Wear Your Wounds – WYW
White Ward – Futility Report

Top 15 Non-Heavy (A-Z)

Chris Stapleton – From a Room: Volume 1
CunninLynguists – Rose Azura Njano
Dan Terminus – Automated Refrains
Drab Majesty – The Demonstration
Gas – Narkopop
Hammock – Mysterium
Heilung – LIFA
Kendrick Lamar – Damn
Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
Max Richter – Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
The National – The System Dreams In Total Darkness
Slowdive – Slowdive
Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Yazz Ahmed – La saboteuse

 

Jacob Speis

Favorite dogs I met in the park across the street from my house in 2017:
Zachy Bear the Bernese Mountain dog, Lyla Beans the senior Pitbull, Norma Jean the English Bulldog. Thank you all so much, you give my life meaning and purpose.

Favorite bag I gave my cat to play with in 2017:
Thin wine bag I got from South Street wine and spirits store. Long wait for payoff, but high comedic value.

Favorite 80’s ZZ Top album I started listening to ironically but then grew to love unironically in 2017:
Afterburner, the result of giving your drummer more creative control, an expanded soundboard, and a trash bag of exceptional cocaine.

Favorite fart of 2017:
June 23, 4:17 AM. Aftermath of enchilada night. Tremendous tonal range, admirable length. Woke up fiancé, scared cat. An all-around solid discharge.

Favorite hip-hop song of 2017:
Denzel Curry: Ultimate. I found this song embedded in a video of 4 Pomeranians with bread around their heads, which I assume is how all white people discover new rap.

Favorite cognitive dissonance of 2017:
Trying to maintain anger about wealth accumulation, the disappearance of a strong middle class, and the inability to ever retire while simultaneously remembering that I work in the indie music business and will never be able to retire in any economic condition.

Favorite quote of 2017:
“Is that a red wine stain on your cat?” (answer: literally always yes)

Favorite adulthood failure of 2017:
Starting a 401k in the same year as running out of TP more than once and wiping my ass with napkins from a bodega.

Favorite Pip Soret outfit of 2017:
Birkenstocks and mesh shorts regardless of weather, protein powder shirt, literally whatever hoodie arrived as a print sample that week.

Favorite Relapse achievement of 2017:
Stealing all of Drew Jeurgens’ passwords from the window behind his desk.

 

Eli Shaika

Jammed tracks/albums by these artists multiple times this year

Ulver
Power Trip
Lana Del Ray/Weeknd
Cradle of Filth
Tomb Mold
Godflesh
Turnstile
Marshmello/Kahlid
Morbid Angel
The Killers

 

Pip Soret

Alphabetical Order:

Amenra – Mass VI
Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meae
Carla Dal Forno – The Garden
Gnod – Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
Godflesh – Post Self
Hey Colossus – The Guillotine
Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
Rome – Hansa Studios Session
Slowdive – S/T
Unsane – Sterilize

 

Steven Varsanyi

Albums I Listened To A Lot (A-Z):

All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal
Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon
Celeste – Infidèle ( s)
Converge – The Dusk In Us
Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre
Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
Goatwhore – Vengeful Ascension
Incendiary – Thousand Mile Stare
Krallice – Go Be Forgotten
Ne Obliviscaris – Urn
Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape
Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
Succumb – Succumb
Tchornobog – Tchornobog
Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Keziah Lilith Media (Chapter X)
Undergang – Misantropologi
Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed II
Woe – Hope Attrition

 

Cameron Waitman

Alphabetical Order:

Beck – Colors
Broken Hope – Mutilated And Assimilated
Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black
Immolation – Atonement
Impure Wilhelmina – Radiation
Necrot – Blood Offerings
Northless – Last Bastion Of Cowardice
Propagandhi – Victory Lap
Suffocation – …Of The Dark Light
Unsane – Sterilize

 

INTERNS

Chris Jones

BROCKHAMPTON – Saturation II
SZA – Ctrl
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Code Orange – Forever
Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
Thundercat – Drunk
King Krule – The Ooz
Charly Bliss – Guppy
Converge – The Dusk in Us

 

Teddie Taylor

Zola Jesus – Okovi
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Lingua Ignota – All Bitches Die
Planning For Burial – Below The House
Drab Majesty – The Demonstration
Nikki Lane – Highway Queen
Ides Of Gemini – Women
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
Full Of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

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