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Monday, March 04, 2013

RIP Pat Egan of Relapse Records

Pat Egan was the director of sales for the popular extreme metal label Relapse Records.  He was a staple of the underground metal scene and a pillar in the metal community in New York.  He passed away on Monday February 18 after suffering complications from pneumonia.  The roster of Relapse Records have banded together to help out the family of Pat Egan during this tragedy and have released a compilation benefit album affectionately titled "Patlapse."  The comp includes contributions from Brian Posehn, Dying Fetus, Brutal Truth, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Zombi, Toxic Holocaust, Dillinger Escape Plan and more.  Relapse's grindcore kings Pig Destroyer have also put up their own unreleased album to help benefit as well.  This 2-track sludge monster was basically Phantom Limb's version of the 1 track half an hour doom EP "Natasha," which itself was a limited CD released in conjunction with their 2004 album Terrifyer.  All proceeds go to helping Pat Egan's wife and daughter.  Here are excerpts of the official press release for the 2 albums;

About Mass & Volume:
"Pat Egan was a friend and a keystone member of the Relapse family for many of the years we have been involved with it. He devoted his life to supporting underground music and he immeasurably helped develop the bands he worked with. His untimely passing on February 18 2013 shocked the many people that his life and work had touched.   This EP is dedicated to the memory Of Pat Egan and to the loving family he left behind. RIP Pat."   


About the Patlapse Tribute Comp:
"This compilation is a collection of just a small handful of some of the bands that Pat was most passionate about both personally and musically. Some of these songs are ‘classic’ Relapse songs, and some of them are brand new/unreleased songs that the bands wanted to give to help Pat’s family out.   Pat leaves behind a wife and a beautiful daughter who were both the lights of his life. All proceeds from the download of this compilation will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie, a scholar and an athlete with a bright future ahead of her. All of the bands on this compilation have waived their royalties and Relapse is passing through all proceeds from the sale of the comp directly to Pat’s wife and daughter."

Get both and donate here:

If you're inclined you can also send monetary donations directly to Pat's widow, Melinda.  

Melinda Egan  
577 Outlook Ave 
West Babylon, New York 11704

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