GNAW THEIR TONGUES ‘Genocidal Majesty’ Album Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

I’m gonna be honest. I took this on as a personal challenge. It’s basically impossible for me to be turned off by the abrasiveness of a metal band’s sound of choice.  Continue reading “GNAW THEIR TONGUES ‘Genocidal Majesty’ Album Review & Stream”

SPACELORD; S/T Album Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Buffalo, New York. A magical snow ravaged tundra, known for serving wings at every meal, and blasting Every Time I Die 24/7 in all local establishments.     Continue reading “SPACELORD; S/T Album Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant Interviews: EYE OF THE DESTROYER; ‘Starved And Hanging’ Review & Stream; New ‘Violent By Design’ EP

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

One of the most popular Halloween activities in the state of New Jersey is to get drunk with your friends, listen to Cannibal Corpse, and declare before a mostly uninterested audience, “Fuck it, doods! We’re startin’ a band!”    Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: EYE OF THE DESTROYER; ‘Starved And Hanging’ Review & Stream; New ‘Violent By Design’ EP”

SIXES – ‘Methistopheles’ Album Review & Stream; U.S. Tour Dates

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

You’re driving your car, minding your own business, jamming to some tunes, and then all of a sudden, your brain is just like, “Jerk the wheel. Drive into oncoming traffic.”    Continue reading “SIXES – ‘Methistopheles’ Album Review & Stream; U.S. Tour Dates”

Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – May 2018

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

[Editor’s Intro] Halsey had this idea… now, typically I enjoy the hell out of Halsey’s ideas, because he’s… well, because he’s a lunatic.  This idea was a random, rabid brain purge of whatever Halsey had been listening to recently and decided to slap his opinion on.  I said yes to his idea. Why? I enjoy and encourage creative lunacy and Halsey has some of the most articulate goddamned lunacy I’ve born witness to in recent years. In fact, I suggested his idea be a monthly column. without his having a word written.  I was not disappointed. Here is the first of his ‘Rogue Reviews’ for May 2018. ~ Leanne Continue reading “Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – May 2018”

CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL – ‘Science Fiction’ Album Review; Out May 2018 on Kozmik Artifactz & Septaphonic

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Church of the Cosmic Skull release their second studio album ‘Science Fiction’ this May on limited edition heavyweight vinyl, CD (via Kozmik Artifactz), and limited edition cassette (on Septaphonic).   Continue reading “CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL – ‘Science Fiction’ Album Review; Out May 2018 on Kozmik Artifactz & Septaphonic”

Riff Relevant Interviews: Chris Mills of HARM’S WAY; ‘POSTHUMAN’ Album Review & Stream; Tour Dates

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

There seems to be a growing faction of hardcore bands that just don’t care about the rules anymore.  It’s now time to plant HARM’S WAY in the fertile garden of creative heaviness.     Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: Chris Mills of HARM’S WAY; ‘POSTHUMAN’ Album Review & Stream; Tour Dates”

BATUSHKA – ‘Litourgiya’ Album Review & Stream; Tour Dates

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

WOW! You guys sure are lucky I know what the hell I’m doing over here at the Riff Relevant corporate skyscraper (okay, alone in my garage).    Continue reading “BATUSHKA – ‘Litourgiya’ Album Review & Stream; Tour Dates”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

All of my life, I’ve been on a spirit quest.  I’ve fled intense heat in the rivers of the Grand Canyon and felt the sting from arctic wind on my face, atop the mountains of Norway.  Relentlessly, I have sought to find an answer to the riddle of steel.    Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video”

Riff Relevant Interviews: THE AGE OF TRUTH – ‘Threshold’ Album Review & Stream; Live Photos From Ode To Doom (NYC) 11/2017

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Where do I start with THE AGE OF TRUTH and their début full length, ‘Threshold‘?  What a goddamned beautiful piece of heavy rock.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: THE AGE OF TRUTH – ‘Threshold’ Album Review & Stream; Live Photos From Ode To Doom (NYC) 11/2017”

BLACK FRIDAY DEATH COUNT – ‘Cut Through The Noise’ Album Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

So there I was, minding my own damn business, shoveling my driveway, and enjoying the 17 inches of snow blizzard Grayson dropped on New Jersey.  I was having a few beers, listening to some tunes and all of a sudden my speakers just start blowing up.    Continue reading “BLACK FRIDAY DEATH COUNT – ‘Cut Through The Noise’ Album Review & Stream”

AMERICAN STANDARDS – ‘Anti-Melody’ Album Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

I’m at that awkward phase where I still go to hardcore shows, but I relate to way too many satirical headlines from The Hard Times News about 30-somethings still crushing kids in the pit.    Continue reading “AMERICAN STANDARDS – ‘Anti-Melody’ Album Review & Stream”

VINTERSORG ‘Till fjälls: Del II’ – Album Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Part of being a grown-ass man is abandoning the fake news concept that I need a calendar to tell me what time of year it is.  Sorry Hallmark, when I see grey skies and heavy wet snow on the ground, it’s winter time.   Continue reading “VINTERSORG ‘Till fjälls: Del II’ – Album Review & Stream”

TAAKE – ‘Kong Vinter’ Album Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

When the air is cold, and the trees are barren, I walk out into the woods naked and howl at the moon.  I become one with the darkness and pray to fucking Odin that Taake is finally ready to release a new album.    Continue reading “TAAKE – ‘Kong Vinter’ Album Review & Stream”

UNCLE BUCK – ‘Death With Dignity’ Album Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

If you think for one second a powerviolence band named UNCLE BUCK is gonna lurk around the dark corners of heavy music without me noticing, you’re sadly mistaken.   Continue reading “UNCLE BUCK – ‘Death With Dignity’ Album Review & Stream”