NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Schedule & Set Times Announced; GOZU Now Added


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

As we now inch to just a matter of days away from the highly-anticipated NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL this coming weekend, April 20th & 21st, there is up-to-the-minute news being announced. Continue reading “NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Schedule & Set Times Announced; GOZU Now Added”

Oldschool Sunday: Q5 [Classic Album ‘Steel The Light’ Re-Issue & EU. Tour Announced]

Q5 (Then)

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

Seattle’s Q5 originally formed in 1983 and by their home region’s standards, the band qualified as a bona fide supergroup. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: Q5 [Classic Album ‘Steel The Light’ Re-Issue & EU. Tour Announced]”

KOLOSSOR ‘Crown Of Horns’ Review & Stream


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

Southern New Jersey’s primordial swamp dwellers, KOLOSSOR, return with a rampage on their new, just-released debut full length, “Crown Of Horns“. Continue reading “KOLOSSOR ‘Crown Of Horns’ Review & Stream”

DESTROYER OF LIGHT ‘Hopeless’ EP Review; Official Video + Live Dates


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

May 11 will see the issuing of “Hopeless“, the new 2-song EP from Texas’ Destroyer Of Light , via the Heavy Friends Records label. Continue reading “DESTROYER OF LIGHT ‘Hopeless’ EP Review; Official Video + Live Dates”

Riff Relevant Interviews: TELEKINETIC YETI; Appearing @ FireBreather Fest (4/14!); Descendants Of Crom

(By Taylor Waring, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

[Editor’s intro] Dubuque, Iowa’s Telekinetic Yeti began their journey in 2015, and in only a couple of years these two gents have steadily and strongly ascended.  Just in time for FireBreather Fest (today!) in Indianapolis, IN, we have a chat with the duo for you before the show.

Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: TELEKINETIC YETI; Appearing @ FireBreather Fest (4/14!); Descendants Of Crom”

SNOW VILLAIN ‘EP 1’ Review; Official Video & Song Streams


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

Meet the future of alternative rock / crossover, the hard-hitting, poignant protagonists of Philly’s SNOW VILLAIN. Continue reading “SNOW VILLAIN ‘EP 1’ Review; Official Video & Song Streams”

thallMOTH ‘ANVRF’ Review & Stream


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

Meet the Chilean ambassadors of stoner doom / sludge / drone, the crushing behemoth thallMOTH and their “ANVRF” album. Continue reading “thallMOTH ‘ANVRF’ Review & Stream”

THE BLACK SWAMP ‘Witches’ Review & Stream


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

Australia’s The Black Swamp recently released their 4-song “Witches” EP, a record that is reminiscent of an era in music before metal “got all dicky about the genre divides” as they put it. Continue reading “THE BLACK SWAMP ‘Witches’ Review & Stream”

THE DRY MOUTHS ‘When The Water Smells Of Sweat’ Review & Stream


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

Spain’s The Dry Mouths whet our musical appetites once again with their February release, “When The Water Smells Of Sweat“. Continue reading “THE DRY MOUTHS ‘When The Water Smells Of Sweat’ Review & Stream”

DESERT STORM ‘Sentinels’ Review & Stream; Supporting KARMA TO BURN On UK Tour


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

The Oxford, U.K. band Desert Storm recently released their newest studio offering, “Sentinels“, via APF Records last month (March 16). Continue reading “DESERT STORM ‘Sentinels’ Review & Stream; Supporting KARMA TO BURN On UK Tour”

WICKED RIVER RISING ‘Hell & High Water’ Review And Stream


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

As we know, areas of Louisiana are prone to terrible flooding, like that of the 2005 natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading “WICKED RIVER RISING ‘Hell & High Water’ Review And Stream”

Oldschool Sunday: CONTROL DENIED [‘The Fragile Art Of Existence’ Available On Vinyl For 1st Time]


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

As we know, some bands truly are “one album wonders” whom, for whatever reason, release only one official album… that is either awesome or awful in many cases. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: CONTROL DENIED [‘The Fragile Art Of Existence’ Available On Vinyl For 1st Time]”

ESCAPE IS NOT FREEDOM / dusK Village Split EP Review & Stream


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

From my overflowing queue collection comes this interesting split EP from Chicago’s ESCAPE IS NOT FREEDOM and dusK Village from parts unknown. Continue reading “ESCAPE IS NOT FREEDOM / dusK Village Split EP Review & Stream”

OWL MAKER ‘Paths Of The Slain’ EP Review & Stream

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

From the recesses of southern Connecticut comes the first official release from the stoner metal trio OWL MAKER, their “Paths Of The Slain” EP. Continue reading “OWL MAKER ‘Paths Of The Slain’ EP Review & Stream”

RIVERS OF NIHIL ‘Where Owls Know My Name’ Review & Stream [By Kira Schlechter]


(By Kira Schlechter, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

The Reading, PA-based band Rivers Of Nihil are arguably the most exciting, interesting thing to happen to technical death metal in recent years, and their latest album for Metal Blade, the beautifully-titled “Where Owls Know My Name,” cements that claim with little doubt. Continue reading “RIVERS OF NIHIL ‘Where Owls Know My Name’ Review & Stream [By Kira Schlechter]”