MEZZOA ‘Astral Travel’ Review; ‘Song Of The Sun’ Official Video


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

San Diego-based quartet Mezzoa released one of the most powerful, fluid stoner rock albums this year with the amazing “Astral Travel“. There, I said it and in doing so, got right to the point concerning this phenomenal 9-song outing. It is the product of much hard work, years of such in fact, from the foursome within Mezzoa: vocalist / rhythm guitarist Nacho Maldonado, lead guitarist / bkg. vocals  John Cruz, drummer Roy Belarmino and bassist Q. Pena.
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EMPTY THREAT ‘Shutdown Nowhere’ EP Review & Stream


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

The threat is real! From Mississauga, Ontario comes the debut offering from Empty Threat, the “Shutdown Nowhere” EP. The six song effort dropped nearly two weeks ago and I’m pretty happy about it landing on my radar. The reason I’m saying that is because of what is channeled through these six selections. It’s a potent blending of punk rock, grunge, alternative and post-rock that walks the line between the past and the present worlds of music. Continue reading “EMPTY THREAT ‘Shutdown Nowhere’ EP Review & Stream”

OZ Returns With ‘Transition State’; Official Video Premiere


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

Finnish heavy metal cult legends OZ have returned with the new studio album, “Transition State“,  out now via AFM Records. It arrives six years after the band’s re-start of their career, the Burning Leather release. The new record is the band’s first album of all-new music since 1991. Transition State can be ordered here. Continue reading “OZ Returns With ‘Transition State’; Official Video Premiere”