True rock n’ roll is about youth, chaos and reckless abandonment; willfully taking chances and going against the grain with a freewheeling spirit and boisterous attitude. Danger, energy and inspiration coalesce with dramatic orchestral structure in The Relapse Symphony (Standby Records), who’ve blazed a trail of broken hearts and blissful devastation in a short amount of time and equally evokes the glory of rock’s most fun era and a post-modern future.

The Relapse Symphony combine the bombastic, emotive theatrics of My Chemical Romance, the unstoppably melodic but jagged punk hooks of Green Day and the forceful, confident and party-going atmosphere of Skid Row in a way that’s fresh and original.

The band recently took a moment to share their favorite records of 2015 with us. This is what they were partying to.

BITERS, Electric Blood (Earache)

We’ve been good friends with these guys for a long time and this is one of their best releases yet. It’s a great stripped down rock and roll album. Listening to it is a reminder that with production, sometimes less is more, as the songs are really able to shine through.

Against Me!, 23 Live Sex Acts (Total Treble)

The best way you could ever spend your time is by going to an Against Me! show, but if you can’t, this album is the next best thing.

The Relapse Symphony, Born To Burn (Standby)

Including our brand new album may be narcissistic, but too bad. We are so proud of this record and what it has done for our band. If you like badass rock and roll, give it a spin.

Anti-Flag, American Spring (Spinefarm)

In many ways this album feels like the record AF has been trying to make their whole career. It’s the perfect blend of the social political awareness that the band has always personified, but it is combined with some seriously deep lyrics and catchy hooks. An instant classic.

Motörhead, Bad Magic (UDR)

This record feels like a return to classic Motorhead after their last several releases have been more in the vein of modern metal. The tones and songs on this one sound as classic Motohead as ever and it’s one of their best records to date.


Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of and is currently the editor of, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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