Show Review: OBITUARY, EXMORTUS, DIRT CHURCH; Sept. 8th @ UCH, Clifton Park, NY [Videos]

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Some things inexplicably stick in the mind. I don’t remotely know why, but I still remember my first time hearing OBITUARY, 28 damned years ago.    Continue reading “Show Review: OBITUARY, EXMORTUS, DIRT CHURCH; Sept. 8th @ UCH, Clifton Park, NY [Videos]”

FU MANCHU ‘Clone Of The Universe’ Album Review & Stream

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

For just about a quarter of a century or so now, Fu Manchu has brought their unique brand of sun-soaked, foot-to-the-floor, stoner metal with such a remarkable level of superiority and consistency, it’s almost frightening.    Continue reading “FU MANCHU ‘Clone Of The Universe’ Album Review & Stream”

VICIOUS NATURE – ‘VII’ Album Review & New Official Video ‘The Silence That Kills’

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Ever heard of Cloven Hoof or Marshall Law?  If not, I’m shocked, as the former is a NWOBHM legend, and the latter churned out some of the best meaty power metal of the 90’s.    Continue reading “VICIOUS NATURE – ‘VII’ Album Review & New Official Video ‘The Silence That Kills’”

MOURNING SIGN – ‘Homage To A Dying World’ EP Review & Stream

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

What underground metal type doesn’t remember that special little slice of the Swedish metal scene known as the “Gothenburg Sound”?   Continue reading “MOURNING SIGN – ‘Homage To A Dying World’ EP Review & Stream”

THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN ‘Cypress Ave.’ Album Review &; Stream; EU Tour Dates


(By David ‘Sunshine’ Lamay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

It’s quite hard to not get behind bands like The Midnight Ghost Train.  They manage to both sit comfortably within stoner elements, and still seemingly challenge the whys and hows of it all at every possible turn.    Continue reading “THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN ‘Cypress Ave.’ Album Review &; Stream; EU Tour Dates”

SHADOW WITCH ‘Disciples Of The Crow’ Album Review & Full Streams

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Kingston, NY’s Shadow Witch returns after a strong 2016 début (‘Sun Killer‘) with a motherload of dark, 70’s proto-heavy musical goodness.  With a new man behind the kit, and a fresh deal with Salt Of The Earth Records, the quartet has laid down a very potent, wow-inducing second offering in ‘Disciples Of The Crow‘.   Continue reading “SHADOW WITCH ‘Disciples Of The Crow’ Album Review & Full Streams”

Gorilla Pulp ‘Heavy Lips!’ Album Review & Stream

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Italy’s Gorilla Pulp is one of those bands that I managed to grasp onto from the near-beginning of their journey, as it was happening.  No catching up, no delayed reaction.  Now, having kept pace, here we go with the third chapter in their ongoing saga, with a few stops prior to our destination.    Continue reading “Gorilla Pulp ‘Heavy Lips!’ Album Review & Stream”

ELIO RIGONAT – ‘Egregor II’ Album Review & Stream; Video

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

When it comes to heavy music and its ability to expand perceived boundaries, well, I’m all for it.   Continue reading “ELIO RIGONAT – ‘Egregor II’ Album Review & Stream; Video”

Riff Relevant Interviews: FORBIDDEN DIMENSION’s TOMMY BAGLEY; Album Stream

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

It only took me about 27 years, but I finally discovered the manic musical genius that is Forbidden Dimension.  Nobody combines punk, metal, surf, 60’s garage, and much more like this trio.   Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: FORBIDDEN DIMENSION’s TOMMY BAGLEY; Album Stream”

WAR CLOUD – ‘War Cloud’ S/T Album Review & Full Stream

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

To myself and perhaps only myself, the current stoner rock genre and its multiple sub-classifications are facing hard times.    Continue reading “WAR CLOUD – ‘War Cloud’ S/T Album Review & Full Stream”

CIRITH UNGOL ‘King Of The Dead’ Album Review & Full Stream

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

In early July of 1984, the history book of heavy metal received an important addition, by way of now-cult metal legends Cirith Ungol, though few knew it (and obviously still don’t).   Continue reading “CIRITH UNGOL ‘King Of The Dead’ Album Review & Full Stream”

Mountaineer ‘As Righteous, As Flawed: Volume I’ & ‘Marbled Victory: Volume II’ Album Review & Stream

Mountaineer: As Righteous As Flawed – Volume I

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

It’s a pleasant Sunday morning and the impulse is striking me for some musical blathering.  With one interview waiting on response, another in formative stages, and a retro review in need of more digging, depth and history…  Continue reading “Mountaineer ‘As Righteous, As Flawed: Volume I’ & ‘Marbled Victory: Volume II’ Album Review & Stream”

WOUNDED GIANT ‘Vae Victus’ Album Review, Full Stream

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Seattle, Washington’s Wounded Giant clearly believe in truth in advertising.  ‘Vae Victus‘ was released via STB Records on April 1st.  Let’s delve into it…  Continue reading “WOUNDED GIANT ‘Vae Victus’ Album Review, Full Stream”

GUNK – ‘Subhuman Cellular Mutation’ Album Review, Full Stream

(By Dave ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Do you ever have those times when extreme is still not enough, and you want to somehow go beyond to a seemingly non-existent next level? Brutal death and violent grind just aren’t scratching that aural itch?    Continue reading “GUNK – ‘Subhuman Cellular Mutation’ Album Review, Full Stream”

METALIAN – New ‘Midnight Rider’ Album Review, Full Stream

Metalian new release ‘Midnight Rider’, just dropped on May 22nd. It’s available via Bandcamp (Digital-Only). Our new Riff Relevant Staff Writer David LaMay has a rundown on this new album! — Leanne Ridgeway, Chief Editor. Continue reading “METALIAN – New ‘Midnight Rider’ Album Review, Full Stream”