MISCONDUCTERS ‘Pariah’ Review; Select Tracks Streaming

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

The global-wide metal underground is an intriguing place to say the least. It is a place that exists with duality or purpose in many cases, at any given time. For some, it can be both a treasure trove of undiscovered riches yet for others, it is a musty graveyard where many bands go to die. The point I’m trying to make is this: that you must tread carefully within its confines and exercise a discerning sensibility when you do such. Continue reading “MISCONDUCTERS ‘Pariah’ Review; Select Tracks Streaming”

THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) Sign To Argonauta Records For ‘Reach For The Dragon’s Eye’ Release

Hartnell (L) & Walker/Green (R)

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

Well, we can publicize the news that Ohio’s THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) have officially signed with Argonauta Records for the release of their new album. And make, no mistake, THAL are now a “they” as opposed to the past when the project was merely a “him”. Continue reading “THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) Sign To Argonauta Records For ‘Reach For The Dragon’s Eye’ Release”

MIRROR QUEEN ‘Verdigris’ Review & Stream


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

The freshly released new album from NY’s Mirror Queen, titled “Verdigis“, is out now from Tee Pee Records.   Continue reading “MIRROR QUEEN ‘Verdigris’ Review & Stream”

GODS OF DEATH (Rick Rozz & Kam Lee) Deliver ‘Dead Man’s Scream’ Lyric Video


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

Two of death metal’s most iconic figures, both being founders of the genre really, return with new music from their Gods Of Death project.    Continue reading “GODS OF DEATH (Rick Rozz & Kam Lee) Deliver ‘Dead Man’s Scream’ Lyric Video”

Meet PAINTED DOLL: New Psyche Band Of Comedian Dave Hill & Autopsy’s Chris Reifert; Video Premiere

(Pic Courtesy Of Courtney Cronon / Courtney Cronon Photography)

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

Comedian and guitar shredder Dave Hill and extreme metal legend Chris Reifert of Autopsy / Death infamy have formed a band together.    Continue reading “Meet PAINTED DOLL: New Psyche Band Of Comedian Dave Hill & Autopsy’s Chris Reifert; Video Premiere”

KREATOR & SABATON Announce 2018 Co-Headlining Tour Of North America


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

German old-school thrash metal titans Kreator and Swedish heavy power metal heroes Sabaton are joining forces.    Continue reading “KREATOR & SABATON Announce 2018 Co-Headlining Tour Of North America”

FEARED Unveil ‘Svart’ Details; Premiere ‘The Mare’ Official Video


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

Feared
, the Swedish metal band led by The Haunted’s guitarist Ola Englund and featuring current and former members of Dååth, Suffocation and Clawfinger, are back with an imminent release. “Svart“, the band’s sixth studio album, will be released worldwide on December 8th. Continue reading “FEARED Unveil ‘Svart’ Details; Premiere ‘The Mare’ Official Video”

MONTE LUNA – Self-Titled Album Review & Stream

(By Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Monte Luna are simply a devastating aural onslaught of lyrical and musical emotion, who have surreptitiously risen to the top of the ever-growing doom sludge pool.   Continue reading “MONTE LUNA – Self-Titled Album Review & Stream”

Oldschool Sunday: WITCH CROSS

WITCH CROSS (Then)

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

In a day and age where there’s countless bands laying their claim to using the word “witch” in their moniker, let’s take a look back at one of the earlier, better witch-related bands. Of course I am talking about Denmark’s magnificent Witch Cross, one of heavy metal’s more underappreciated bands in my opinion. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: WITCH CROSS”

NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates


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

Toronto quartet Nervcast just recently unleashed their four song début EP, “Locked And Loaded“, on October 21st.   Continue reading “NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates”

SCARS OF SOLITUDE Share Lyric Video From Upcoming ‘Deformation’ Release

(Pic Courtesy of Juho Kunelius)

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

From Finland comes news of the upcoming début release, “Deformation“, from Scars Of Solitude.   Continue reading “SCARS OF SOLITUDE Share Lyric Video From Upcoming ‘Deformation’ Release”

‘Rising On The Edge’ Official Video From PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT Premieres

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

Italy’s Psychedelic Witchcraft have premiered their first official live-action video from their highly anticipated new studio effort, Sound Of The Wind.   Continue reading “‘Rising On The Edge’ Official Video From PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT Premieres”

GREEN DRUID Reveal ‘Ashen Blood’ Album Details; Track Streaming

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

Colorado’s newly coronated overlords of stoner doom heaviness, Green Druid, have unveiled details of their upcoming début album release. “Ashen Blood” will be released on March 16, 2018.   Continue reading “GREEN DRUID Reveal ‘Ashen Blood’ Album Details; Track Streaming”

HELLOWEEN Bringing ‘Pumpkins United’ Tour To North America


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

After the hugely successful, mostly sold out Pumpkins United World Tour from Helloween in Latin America, Europe and Asia, now North Americans can get excited!   Continue reading “HELLOWEEN Bringing ‘Pumpkins United’ Tour To North America”

GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release

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

Austin, Texas trio Greenbeard has been announced as an Official Music Showcase Performing Artist for South By Southwest 2018.  The band will also embark on a sixteen date “Winter Tour 2017″ beginning next week on November 4th, in support of their recent Lödarödböl release.    Continue reading “GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release”

YEAR OF THE COBRA ‘Burn Your Dead’ EP Review; Video Premiere


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

Seattle duo of all-things musically outside of the norm, Year Of The Cobra, just issued their latest mark making studio effort today, Oct. 27th. Titled the “Burn Your Dead” EP, members Amy Tung Barrysmith (bass, vocals) and Jon Barrysmith (drums) are definitely on a fiery roll. That roll is rounded out by the pair’s ability to craft intensely diverse, multifaceted music that refuses to adhere to a singular styling. Continue reading “YEAR OF THE COBRA ‘Burn Your Dead’ EP Review; Video Premiere”

RIFF RELEVANT Catches ‘New Wave’ Of POWERMAN 5000 Stream; Official Video Premiere


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

Without question, one of the greatest strengths of Riff Relevant, or any music website that dares to do so, is to crush divisive elitist mindsets within said music coverage.  Many sites tailor make themselves into cookie cutter-like, color by number spots that only cater to one style or genre of music.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Catches ‘New Wave’ Of POWERMAN 5000 Stream; Official Video Premiere”

ROYAL THUNDER Announce Tour With BACKWOODS PAYBACK; Select Dates With HEAVY TEMPLE


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

Atlanta’s psyche rock and blues band Royal Thunder have just announced an early 2018 touring trek. Pennsylvania’s Backwoods Payback will provide direct support for the entire run while select dates will see Philly’s Heavy Temple join the fun. Continue reading “ROYAL THUNDER Announce Tour With BACKWOODS PAYBACK; Select Dates With HEAVY TEMPLE”

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN Detail Upcoming Third Album ‘…And You Will Obey Me’


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

Down Among The Dead Men, featuring former Bolt Thrower / Benediction singer Dave Ingram and Swedish mastermind Rogga Johansson, have signed to Transcending Obscurity Records. The band’s third full-length album, “…And You Will Obey Me“, will be released in early 2018 with preview songs available soon. Continue reading “DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN Detail Upcoming Third Album ‘…And You Will Obey Me’”

DREADNOUGHT ‘A Wake In Sacred Waves’ Review & Stream; Tour Dates

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

Denver, Colorado’s Dreadnought evidently must take their hometown’s motto of “The Mile High City” to heart in their music. The progressive nature of it is miles high, or beyond, what many other supposed progressive acts are doing these days. Yet, clearly there is a juxtaposition of directions transpiring here on their new offering, “A Wake In Sacred Waves“, which was released on Oct. 6th. Continue reading “DREADNOUGHT ‘A Wake In Sacred Waves’ Review & Stream; Tour Dates”