Riff Relevant Interviews: CRAWL

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

The Southern United States is a notorious breeding ground for sludge metal.  Born out of parental misguidance into a melding of hardcore punk, doom and noise metal in the late 1980s. Their slow, steadily built-up aural crushings found a way into my ears in the early 90s and have since bore filthy caverns into my heart.  Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: CRAWL”

CLUTCH New Album ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ Out 9/7/18; Pre-orders On Sale TODAY; New Single ‘Gimme The Keys’


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

If you know anything about me, you know I’ve been a massive fan of Clutch for nearly half my life, starting around 1994. I’ve seen them perform live more than any other band on my long list of shows, and seem to enjoy the ever-living-hell out of most every release they’ve put out.  I simply like this damned band. Continue reading “CLUTCH New Album ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ Out 9/7/18; Pre-orders On Sale TODAY; New Single ‘Gimme The Keys’”

Riff Relevant Retrospect: No Rest For The Riffin’ w/ Patrick Kennison [Guest Contributor: Erik Kluiber]

(By Erik Kluiber, Guest Contributor, RiffRelevant.com)

[Editor’s intro] Every so often, we have a chance to run something off-road that kicks ass.  This here be one of those times.  Erik Kluiber (Void Vator, Ironaut, ex-Gypsyhawk, et al.) approached me about an article he penned.  A tale I found intriguing and a bit surprising, about Patrick Kennison – who one might call a bona fide ‘rock star’.  His career spans many successes, but within that success, Erik shares with us a candid view from Patrick’s home-spun dive stage fun, out from under the glory of arena lights.  Enjoy! ~ Leanne   
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CLUTCH’s EARTH ROCKER FEST 2018 – C.O.C., BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, EYEHATEGOD [ER Fest ’17 Photos]

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

The CLUTCH organized and led Earth Rocker Festival has announced it will return for a second edition in 2018. Continue reading “CLUTCH’s EARTH ROCKER FEST 2018 – C.O.C., BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, EYEHATEGOD [ER Fest ’17 Photos]”

EXCLUSIVE: ELLIOTT’S KEEP Official Video Premiere for ‘Tempest’

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

Last November, our Staff Writer Santiago Guitierrez reviewed the latest release from Dallas, Texas’ Elliott’s Keep.  Today, we have the privilege of hosting an exclusive première of their new video for the song ‘Tempest‘.     Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: ELLIOTT’S KEEP Official Video Premiere for ‘Tempest’”

ETERNAL BLACK ‘Bleed The Days’ on Ltd. Vinyl Pressing; EU Availability via Kozmik Artifactz


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

Brooklyn, NY based ETERNAL BLACK unleashed their début full-length doom metal album, ‘Bleed the Days’, on CD, Cassette, and Digital formats in August 2017, via their own Obsidian Sky Records label.    Continue reading “ETERNAL BLACK ‘Bleed The Days’ on Ltd. Vinyl Pressing; EU Availability via Kozmik Artifactz”

Boston’s HEY ZEUS Signs With Argonauta Records


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

This was some great news to find in my mailbox.  Boston, MA’s heavy rock quartet HEY ZEUS has signed on with Italy’s Argonauta RecordsContinue reading “Boston’s HEY ZEUS Signs With Argonauta Records”

MOS GENERATOR – New ‘Shadowlands’ Album Out May 11 on Listenable Records [Mini-Review]; ‘Road Rats Tour’ w/FU MANCHU + Headline & Fests

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

Last month, we shared news that Mos Generator is direct support for Fu Manchu’s tour in May, and we also premiered their new video.  We now have updated ‘Road Rats Tour’ dates, plus details about the new ‘Shadowlands’ album.    Continue reading “MOS GENERATOR – New ‘Shadowlands’ Album Out May 11 on Listenable Records [Mini-Review]; ‘Road Rats Tour’ w/FU MANCHU + Headline & Fests”

Riff Relevant Anniversary Giveaway! Win a SPARROWMILK / DOOMSTRESS Vinyl Split [D.H.U Records] + More!


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

2018’s month of March brings Riff Relevant to its first anniversary.  We’re grateful and we’re celebrating by giving away some more stuff!

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WASTED THEORY – ‘Stoned On Both Coasts’ Tour w/First West Coast Dates; Supporting ‘Defenders Of The Riff -2017’ [Full Stream] via Argonauta Records

Photo by Shane Gardner/Rock N Roll Socialite

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

American Weed Rockers WASTED THEORY hit the highway again, announcing U.S. Tour dates for 2018, including their first sky-way trek to California for a hazy ‘Stoned On Both Coasts” year of performances.   Continue reading “WASTED THEORY – ‘Stoned On Both Coasts’ Tour w/First West Coast Dates; Supporting ‘Defenders Of The Riff -2017’ [Full Stream] via Argonauta Records”

FOGHOUND Announce Upcoming ‘Awaken To Destroy’ Album Due Out via RIPPLE MUSIC In Sept. 2018

Photos by Shane Gardner/Rock N Roll Socialite

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

Maryland Doom & Stoner Rock stalwarts Foghound have recently put the finishing touches on their third full-length offering, entitled “Awaken To Destroy”.  Their new album is set for a September 2018 release via Ripple Music.

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THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Capitol Hemp

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

The Maryland Doom Fest 2018 event tickets went on sale in December.  Riff Relevant has announced the lineup, a beautiful fest poster (artwork by Christina Christie), and of four primary festival sponsors (Riff Relevant included).  We invite you to learn a bit more about primary sponsor: CAPITOL HEMP. Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Capitol Hemp”

STONER DAZE – Stoner & Doom Festival (March 15 & 16) Austin, Texas

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

#FestAlert – Stoner Daze: Stoner & Doom Festival is happening in a couple of weeks on March 15-16th in Austin, Texas.    Continue reading “STONER DAZE – Stoner & Doom Festival (March 15 & 16) Austin, Texas”

CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC ‘The Glitter Of Infinite Hell’ Reviews & Stream; Interview w/Steve Scavuzzo; Live Photos From Ode To Doom in NYC


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

Two of our Riff Relevant writers enjoyed the Clouds Taste Satanic release ‘Glitter Of Infinite Hell’ so much that they both chose to cover it.  Taylor Waring has a brief review and interview with Steve Scavuzzo about the album, and Pat Riot has his in-depth review.  There’s also some photos from CTS’ show at Ode To Doom in NYC. Enjoy!    Continue reading “CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC ‘The Glitter Of Infinite Hell’ Reviews & Stream; Interview w/Steve Scavuzzo; Live Photos From Ode To Doom in NYC”

GOZU Interview w/Mark Gaffney & Doug Sherman; ‘Equilibrium’ Album Out 4/13 via BLACKLIGHT MEDIA/METAL BLADE + NEW VIDEO PREMIERE

Cover Artwork: Chris Smith, Grey Aria Design Studio

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

I’ve been waiting a long time for this… GOZU has a new album ‘Equilibrium’, out via Metal Blade/Blacklight Media Records on April 13th.  Today, we have an interview with Marc Gaffney and Doug Sherman, who chatted about the new record, plus pre-order info, and are premiering a new video and audio stream!
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