ASCENDING DAWN ‘Coalesce’ Review; New Lyric Video Premiere


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

The world of music is no longer governed by physical constraints or perceived borders in the modern age of technology. If a musician at Point A desires to work with an artist at Point B then real world proximity can basically do nothing to prevent that collaboration from occurring. Take, for instance, the subjects of this article, the  NYC / London-based, progressive alt. metal project Ascending Dawn. The band will be re-releasing their full-length début, “Coalesce“, on December 1st. Continue reading “ASCENDING DAWN ‘Coalesce’ Review; New Lyric Video Premiere”

INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017


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

Los Angeles’ Interstelar have been an underground staple within the City Of Angels’ music scene since at least 2005.  The band has been an ever-present entity on the town’s live circuit during that period.  Continue reading “INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017”

ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]


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

In just six songs (and two bonus tracks) on its latest album, “E,” the Norwegian band Enslaved has seismically shifted what metal is, blowing open the doors instead to what it can be – thematically as well as musically. Continue reading “ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]”

WASTED THEORY ‘Defenders Of The Riff’ Argonauta Records Re-Issue [With Bonus Content] Review & Stream

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

At this point in the game, most anyone that pursues music within the off-the-radar underground knows who the hell Wasted Theory are. They should actually do more than merely just know, they should be well-versed with the band’s style of bluesy, boozy, gritty raunch ‘n roll. I know that I have been an avid fanatic about this bad-ass bunch since I got wind of their 2014 introduction, Death And Taxes. Continue reading “WASTED THEORY ‘Defenders Of The Riff’ Argonauta Records Re-Issue [With Bonus Content] Review & Stream”

VVON DOGMA I ‘Communion’ EP Review & Stream

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

We may have the arrival of a whole new genre or style of music with what’s happening here from Montreal, Québec’s Vvon Dogma I. Having just released the “Communion” EP in recent days, the music contained upon it is quite forward-thinking progressive metal at its roots. Continue reading “VVON DOGMA I ‘Communion’ EP 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”

BONE CHURCH S/T EP Review & Debut

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

When you are as inundated with music, be it new, old or otherwise, as I and my journalistic peers are, you begin to feel like a treasure hunter after a while.  You get so bombarded with releases, so overwhelmed at times, that you’ll either question your supposed passion or worse, crack under the weight of maximum intake.    Continue reading “BONE CHURCH S/T EP Review & Debut”

EARTH DRIVE ‘Stellar Drone’ Review & Stream


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

The Montijo, Portugal-based cosmic rock collective Earth Drive recently returned to terra firma with a new offering, “Stellar Drone“.    Continue reading “EARTH DRIVE ‘Stellar Drone’ Review & Stream”

ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video

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

The providers of slow-churning, psychedelic dirges of Swedish doom, Alastor, return with their 2-track ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw‘ EP. It’s dropping via the Ljudkassett label on cassette and digital formats on November 15. The EP was recorded by Magnus Sörensen at KulturVerkstan, Tingsryd then mixed and mastered by Joona Hassinen at Studio Underjord, Norrköping. Continue reading “ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video”

DEAD QUIET [Ex-Barn Burner/3 Inches Of Blood Members] ‘Grand Rites’ Review & Stream


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

When a project or band is born out of the ashes of other bands, one never really quite knows what to expect. Meaning, will this new band be like X, Y or Z was or it will be better, worse or what have you. Vancouver, B.C.’s Dead Quiet is one of these type of bands as it was formed by ex-Barn Burner front-man Kevin Keegan and now features Justin Hagberg (ex-3 Inches Of Blood) on keyboards full-time. It does not end there though for also present are the returning Jason Dana (Bend Sinister, Karen Foster), Brock Macinnis (Anciients, Tobeatic) and Mike Grossnickle (Hashteroid). Continue reading “DEAD QUIET [Ex-Barn Burner/3 Inches Of Blood Members] ‘Grand Rites’ Review & Stream”

FREEWAYS ‘Cold Front’ EP Review & Stream


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

Canadian hard rock band Freeways embody every jot and tittle of the tags that get tossed around every day like “retro”, “vintage” or “classic”. While most times such descriptions are used, it’s a half-hearted, lukewarm attempt to identify something using very little imagination. But in this case, they’re all applicable and there is no mistaking the power of Freeways‘ recent EP release. Continue reading “FREEWAYS ‘Cold Front’ EP Review & Stream”

MOTHER MARY (Saigon Kick, The Cult, Etc.) ‘Insecurities Exchange’ EP Review & Stream

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

Music is ruled by the law of Six Degrees Of Separation, or what some call the Kevin Bacon formula. It’s the belief that you can make certain things connect at some point somewhere, anywhere you look really, if you look closely enough. For a quick, random example, here: Say I want to draw a linear connection between Black Sabbath and KISS. Easy, Eric Singer…he’s drummed in both bands, and still does in KISS of course. Anyway, I hope you get the point. Continue reading “MOTHER MARY (Saigon Kick, The Cult, Etc.) ‘Insecurities Exchange’ EP Review & Stream”

MARMORA ‘Criterion’ EP Review & Stream


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

Chicago’s Marmora have some interesting backstory to the band’s origins. They go like this:  Continue reading “MARMORA ‘Criterion’ EP Review & Stream”

THOUSAND VISION MIST ‘Journey To Ascension And The Loss Of Tomorrow’ Review & Stream


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

Laurel, Maryland’s Thousand Vision Mist (TVM) is one of those type of bands that you just know are a well-cradled underground secret so to speak. Still relatively a young act, TVM was formed in 2013 and currently contains members Danny Kenyon (guitar / vocals), Tony Comulada (bass / bkg. vocals) and Chris Sebastian (drums). Like is common with many a Maryland-based band, the guys have an impressive roster of other acts they’ve been part of at one time or another but TVM definitely has its very own sound. Continue reading “THOUSAND VISION MIST ‘Journey To Ascension And The Loss Of Tomorrow’ Review & Stream”

LEDGE ‘Cold Hard Concrete’ Review & Stream


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

Friedrich Nietzsche is attributed to the famous quote “If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you…“. Yes, indeed, Freddie, yes indeed but WHERE is it one must stand to take that self-summarizing, intently introspective viewing? Why, on the edge, or in this case, the ledge, of course. Continue reading “LEDGE ‘Cold Hard Concrete’ Review & Stream”

EXCLUSIVE Global Premiere Of VESSEL OF LIGHT S/T EP Stream; Album Review


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

On November 3rd, one of 2017’s most intriguing débuts will drop in the form of Vessel Of Light‘s self-titled EP. It will be done so via Argonauta Records and I personally believe it is going to astound many a’ listener. Just the logistics of this effort and project alone is enough to blow minds, especially if you are on the more middle-aged side of life itself like some of us. Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE Global Premiere Of VESSEL OF LIGHT S/T EP Stream; Album Review”

MISCONDUCTERS ‘Pariah’ Review; Select Tracks Streaming

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

The global-wide metal underground is an intriguing place to say the least. It is a place that exists with duality or purpose in many cases, at any given time. For some, it can be both a treasure trove of undiscovered riches yet for others, it is a musty graveyard where many bands go to die. The point I’m trying to make is this: that you must tread carefully within its confines and exercise a discerning sensibility when you do such. Continue reading “MISCONDUCTERS ‘Pariah’ Review; Select Tracks Streaming”

MIRROR QUEEN ‘Verdigris’ Review & Stream


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

The freshly released new album from NY’s Mirror Queen, titled “Verdigis“, is out now from Tee Pee Records.   Continue reading “MIRROR QUEEN ‘Verdigris’ Review & Stream”

MONTE LUNA – Self-Titled Album Review & Stream

(By Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Monte Luna are simply a devastating aural onslaught of lyrical and musical emotion, who have surreptitiously risen to the top of the ever-growing doom sludge pool.   Continue reading “MONTE LUNA – Self-Titled Album Review & Stream”

NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates


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

Toronto quartet Nervcast just recently unleashed their four song début EP, “Locked And Loaded“, on October 21st.   Continue reading “NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates”