KILGORE ‘Someday This War Is Going To End’ EP Review & Stream


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

Many listeners may not know, realize, or whatever, that Rhode Island’s KILGORE dates back to 1991 or so, at least.  That’s when the band emerged and began its periodic transitions between name tweaks and membership.  Those names saw the band under monikers like Regicide, Smudge, and Kilgore Smudge, before they landed on the since-then permanent KILGORE.    Continue reading “KILGORE ‘Someday This War Is Going To End’ EP Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – WO FAT’s MICHAEL WALTER Shares 18 Favorites

Wo Fat

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

Wo Fat are not the evil villains of their namesake.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  This Texas trio are some of the more relaxed, humble, endearing gents I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting (last year at The Maryland Doom Fest).  However, to listen to them play is an altogether villainous experience…
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WODE – ‘Servants Of The Countercosmos’ Album Review & Stream


(By Jeremy Keller, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Wode is a black metal band from Manchester, North West England, and have been slinging heaps of black metal since 2010.  Their 2017 album ‘Servants of the Countercosmos’ was released May 23rd, by Avantgarde Music.   Continue reading “WODE – ‘Servants Of The Countercosmos’ Album Review & Stream”

Oldschool Sunday: Remembering Iron Man’s AL MORRIS III [GoFundMe Launched]


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

We are going to deviate from the usual Oldschool Sunday fare and dedicate today’s segment to one of the greatest embodiments of traditional doom, of Maryland true doom, Al Morris III. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: Remembering Iron Man’s AL MORRIS III [GoFundMe Launched]”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

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

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”

OOPArt – S/T EP Review & Stream


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

Italy’s realm of underground heavy rock appears to be exploding these days as I seem to recently discover one amazing band after another hailing from there.  The latest to land on my rock ‘n roll radar is Rome’s OOPArt.    Continue reading “OOPArt – S/T EP Review & Stream”

EXCLUSIVE: Riff Relevant Premieres Stream Of KAYLETH ‘Colossus’; Album Review


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

San Bonifacio, Italy’s Kayleth have once again successfully escaped the Earth’s gravity, doing so via their newest full-length, “Colossus“.  The record rockets from the Argonauta Records launch pad today, Friday, January 12th and Riff Relevant is proudly premiering the full stream of it here with our review! Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Riff Relevant Premieres Stream Of KAYLETH ‘Colossus’; Album Review”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GREENBEARD’s BUDDY HACHAR Shares 10 Favorites

Greenbeard (Photo by Holly Gee of Static Stills)

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

Greenbeard were busy guys this past year of 2017.  They toured in the Spring, put out a new release ‘Lödarödböl‘ in July, toured most of the summer, fall, and winter, including several festivals thrown in the mix.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – HEXXUS’ BILLY LUTTRELL Shares 15 Favorites

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

Birmingham, Alabama’s Hexxus is… well, to me – bliss.  Grimy, dark, sludge covered, raging bliss.  Hexxus is brutal, unrelenting, and yes, even a bit though-provoking.  They’re not just loud for loud’s sake, but they are goddamned loud.

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WHITE DIABLO ‘Overdose’ EP Review & Stream


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

Make a run for the border if you must to check out White Diablo but we can save you a trip perhaps. That’s because we have the band’s début EP release, “Overdose“, which dropped back in September ’17, in our Review & Stream spotlight today. Continue reading “WHITE DIABLO ‘Overdose’ EP Review & Stream”

A VERY LOUD DEATH ‘Lanterns’ Review & Stream; Live Dates


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

With a name like A Very Loud Death, Atlanta’s A Very Loud Death might give the impression that they are a death metal band, right? A very loud one at that too but to be honest, nothing could be further from the truth. Well, allow me to rephrase that by saying that they may be loud but they damn sure are not death metal. Continue reading “A VERY LOUD DEATH ‘Lanterns’ Review & Stream; Live Dates”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) KIRA SCHLECHTER Shares 6 Favorites

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

Kira Schlechter is technically a ‘Guest Contributor’ here at RiffRelevant.com, but she contributes so much, we’re not letting her leave.  She’s ‘semi-staff’ now.  Kira likes to cover certain metal styles, many with female power vocals, which fills a heavy niche for us.  Her reviews constantly introduce me to bands I’d been unfamiliar with.
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DOLLAR LLAMA ‘Juggernaut’ Review & Stream


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

For many of us that exist within the enlightened inner circle of humans that know who and what Lisboa, Portugal’s Dollar Llama are, Christmas came early this year.     Continue reading “DOLLAR LLAMA ‘Juggernaut’ Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – DEMON EYE’s ERIK SUGG Shares 5 Favorites

Demon Eye

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

Demon Eye sparked out of Raleigh, North Carolina around 2012, and is one of those bands that are truly fun to watch live.  They’re having as great a time on that stage performing (if not more so) as anyone in front of them experiencing their set.
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HEYOKA’S MIRROR ‘Loss Of Contact With Reality’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item


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

There are many times when the term “avant-garde” is used in music journalism and to be honest, sometimes it is good and applicable but other times, not so much.  I think many reviewers use it when certain music has them scratching their heads.  The latter is not the case here today though, for when I refer to Calgary, Alberta’s Heyoka’s Mirror as avant-garde, they definitely are. Continue reading “HEYOKA’S MIRROR ‘Loss Of Contact With Reality’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) SANTIAGO GUTIERREZ Shares ALL His Favorites

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

Santiago Gutierrez just joined us here at Riff Relevant.  I don’t even have a bio for him on the site yet!  He made it just in time for our first Year End.  He dove right into deep water with his list, too.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) BRIAN HALSEY Shares 10 Favorites

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

Oh, Brian Halsey.  One day, after what I presume was a rather overly festive Independence Day on his part, I received a random e-mail from this New Jersey Demon.  He stated: “I write weird, sarcastic horror novels that name drop a lot of heavy music and I wanted to get into writing a bit more frequently.”  This was his opening line.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GHASTLY SOUND’s TJ MAYNARD Shares 10 Favorites

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

Burlington, Vermont’s Ghastly Sound is far from ghastly.  They signed on a while back with Magnetic Eye Records, based in my hometown of Albany, NY.  I scooped up their limited 7″ single before even listening to it.  I trust MER wouldn’t fail me as a music listener, and they never have.  When I finally did listen, my jaw dropped to the goddamned floor. 
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – FISTULA’s COREY BING Shares 5 Favorites

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

The first time I heard Fistula, they scared the living hell out of me.  This unnerving factor tends to spark my interest, in most cases, when it comes to music.  Fistula is frightening.  The name alone is disturbing, if you don’t know what it refers to.  When you discover what it does refer to, it’s 10 times more disturbing.  That also sparked my interest.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) DAMON GRAVITOYD Shares 25 Favorites

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

Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway jumped in with both feet as a writer here at Riff Relevant many months ago.  He’s brought with him several things, including his immediate proximity to Austin, Texas, which has a rather insane amount of heavy music bands right at his fingertips at the moment.  Talk about the right place at the right time…
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