DOOM SIDE OF THE MOON Issue ‘Encore’ EP; Official Video For ‘Have A Cigar’ Unveiled


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Late 2017 saw the release of The Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt‘s ambitious homage to Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side Of The Moon album.  We have an update!   Continue reading “DOOM SIDE OF THE MOON Issue ‘Encore’ EP; Official Video For ‘Have A Cigar’ Unveiled”

EXCLUSIVE Premiere Of RED BEARD WALL ‘Top Of The Mountain’ Official Video


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

One of the more mold-breaking releases of 2017 was the self-titled full-length from Texas’ RED BEARD WALL.     Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE Premiere Of RED BEARD WALL ‘Top Of The Mountain’ Official Video”

Riot’s Revelation: DHU Records ‘MMXVII Vol. II’ Sampler [FREE Compilation]


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

For this first 2018 installment of Riot’s Revelation, we return to the fantastic, freebie format, with a thrilling compilation.   It has a few months’ age on it, but that has not affected it whatsoever, trust me.   “It” refers to September 2017’s sampler compilation, “MMCVII Vol. II” from The Netherlands-based DHU Records. Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: DHU Records ‘MMXVII Vol. II’ Sampler [FREE Compilation]”

NECROPANTHER Prepare To Release ‘Eyes Of Blue Light’ Conceptual Album Inspired By Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’; Song Streaming + Live Dates


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

The Colorado metal crew that is Necropanther are preparing to release their ambitious conceptual album “Eyes Of Blue Light” on February 23rd.    Continue reading “NECROPANTHER Prepare To Release ‘Eyes Of Blue Light’ Conceptual Album Inspired By Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’; Song Streaming + Live Dates”

KILGORE ‘Someday This War Is Going To End’ EP Review & Stream


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Many listeners may not know, realize, or whatever, that Rhode Island’s KILGORE dates back to 1991 or so, at least.  That’s when the band emerged and began its periodic transitions between name tweaks and membership.  Those names saw the band under monikers like Regicide, Smudge, and Kilgore Smudge, before they landed on the since-then permanent KILGORE.    Continue reading “KILGORE ‘Someday This War Is Going To End’ EP Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – WO FAT’s MICHAEL WALTER Shares 18 Favorites

Wo Fat

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Wo Fat are not the evil villains of their namesake.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  This Texas trio are some of the more relaxed, humble, endearing gents I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting (last year at The Maryland Doom Fest).  However, to listen to them play is an altogether villainous experience…
Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – WO FAT’s MICHAEL WALTER Shares 18 Favorites”

HOUND THE WOLVES Premiere ‘If Lost In Mind’ Official Video From Upcoming Debut [Details]


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Portland, Oregon’s Hound The Wolves are premiering their official video for the song “If Lost In Mind“. The song is the lead off track of the band’s upcoming début release, Camera Obscura, and gives us a cool glimpse into the heady atmospherics the band’s capably creating.  Continue reading “HOUND THE WOLVES Premiere ‘If Lost In Mind’ Official Video From Upcoming Debut [Details]”

INNER CIRCLE AVENUE Releases ‘Goin’ Nowhere Fast’ Official Video

(Pic Courtesy Of Alyscia Northrup Photography)

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Blissfield, Michigan’s punk / alt. rock band Inner Circle Avenue have just released their Official Music Video for their single, “Goin’ Nowhere Fast“. The feel-good song is off of their 2016 début EP release, Greetings From The Inner Circle and it is streaming below. Continue reading “INNER CIRCLE AVENUE Releases ‘Goin’ Nowhere Fast’ Official Video”

MALFORMITY Return After Decades-Long Absence With ‘The Rapturous Unraveling’ 7″ [Streaming]


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

This past week saw the studio return of the legendary underground, old-school death metal band Malformity after a lengthy absence. The Atlanta area-based band released the anxiously anticipated “The Rapturous Unraveling” on 7-inch vinyl and digital download on January 13th via Boris Records. Continue reading “MALFORMITY Return After Decades-Long Absence With ‘The Rapturous Unraveling’ 7″ [Streaming]”

WODE – ‘Servants Of The Countercosmos’ Album Review & Stream


(By Jeremy Keller, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Wode is a black metal band from Manchester, North West England, and have been slinging heaps of black metal since 2010.  Their 2017 album ‘Servants of the Countercosmos’ was released May 23rd, by Avantgarde Music.   Continue reading “WODE – ‘Servants Of The Countercosmos’ Album Review & Stream”

Oldschool Sunday: Remembering Iron Man’s AL MORRIS III [GoFundMe Launched]


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

We are going to deviate from the usual Oldschool Sunday fare and dedicate today’s segment to one of the greatest embodiments of traditional doom, of Maryland true doom, Al Morris III. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: Remembering Iron Man’s AL MORRIS III [GoFundMe Launched]”

ANIMAL DRIVE Deliver ‘Bite!’ Debut’s Details; Share New Lyric Video


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Hailing from Zagreb, Croatia, Animal Drive are preparing to release their début album, “Bite!“, via Frontiers Music Srl on February 23rd. Anticipation for the record is riding high after the band was introduced to the label by none other than Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, W.E.T.). Continue reading “ANIMAL DRIVE Deliver ‘Bite!’ Debut’s Details; Share New Lyric Video”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”

EARTHLESS Reveal Upcoming ‘Black Heaven’ Album’s Details; Share New Track + Live Dates


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

San Diego’s spectacular jam rock trio Earthless will return with the full-length album Black Heaven on March 16th via Nuclear Blast.   Continue reading “EARTHLESS Reveal Upcoming ‘Black Heaven’ Album’s Details; Share New Track + Live Dates”

OOPArt – S/T EP Review & Stream


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Italy’s realm of underground heavy rock appears to be exploding these days as I seem to recently discover one amazing band after another hailing from there.  The latest to land on my rock ‘n roll radar is Rome’s OOPArt.    Continue reading “OOPArt – S/T EP Review & Stream”

DRUG CULT [Sun Of Man, Ex-Wolfmother Members] Debut ‘Mind Crypt’ Official Video From Upcoming 2018 Release


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Occult Doom collective Drug Cult, aka guitarist Vin Steele (ex-Wolfmother, Megaritual, Sun Of Man), vocalist Aasha Tozer, drummer Dale Walker (Megaritual, Sun Of Man) and bassist Maggie Schreiber, are a group of Aussie heaviness-mongers. Continue reading “DRUG CULT [Sun Of Man, Ex-Wolfmother Members] Debut ‘Mind Crypt’ Official Video From Upcoming 2018 Release”

BLACK RAINBOWS To Unleash ‘Pandaemonium’ Via Heavy Psych Sounds This April


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

One of the world’s premiere psychedelic fuzz / stoner rock bands, Italy’s Black Rainbows, have revealed details of their 2018 album release. “Pandaemonium” is to arrive via the Heavy Psych Sounds label on April 6th (pre-order availability begins here on January 16th). Continue reading “BLACK RAINBOWS To Unleash ‘Pandaemonium’ Via Heavy Psych Sounds This April”

FU MANCHU – ‘Clone Of The Universe’ Details; New Video; EU/US Tour; MOS GENERATOR To Support US Dates

(Pic Courtesy Of John Gilhooley)

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

A few weeks ago, Fu Manchu announced their twelfth studio album, “Clone Of The Universe” is set for release on February 9th, via their own label At The Dojo Records.  This is their first full-length in four years, but the band has existed about 30 years, so four isn’t exactly a drought for Desert Rock’s royal sons.  Unless you’re all as Fu-parched as I am… (or you might just be baked).  Continue reading “FU MANCHU – ‘Clone Of The Universe’ Details; New Video; EU/US Tour; MOS GENERATOR To Support US Dates”

VISIGOTH Decree ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ Due In February; Premiere New Official Video

(Pic Courtesy Of Paul Black & Black Marble Photography)

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

SLC’s (Salt Lake City) traditional power metal champions, Visigoth, will release their sophomore album, “Conqueror’s Oath“, on February 9th via Metal Blade Records. Continue reading “VISIGOTH Decree ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ Due In February; Premiere New Official Video”

THE CROWN Set March Release Of ‘Cobra Speed Venom’ Album; Premiere Official Video


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Swedish death metal unit The Crown have set a March 16th release date for the new album “Cobra Speed Venom” via Metal Blade Records.    Continue reading “THE CROWN Set March Release Of ‘Cobra Speed Venom’ Album; Premiere Official Video”