STEEL & STONE II 2017: Post-Fest Wrap Up


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com – *All Pics Courtesy Of Will Bouton/Fugo Films)

As you all know, or at least should know by now, Riff Relevant recently helped sponsor the second annual Steel & Stone Festival in Asheville, N.C. The burgeoning gathering of underground bands went down for its second year at The Odditorium and I was present for all the festivities. Continue reading “STEEL & STONE II 2017: Post-Fest Wrap Up”

One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates

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

Hotel Vegas, Austin, Texas, 10:00 pm.  It was dark and felt like Godzilla’s breath: muggy and hot.  Austin’s heaviness-seekers filed in clad in black t-shirts – we only come out at night, it seems.  This was the last show for Messa and  Witchcryer on their Scarlet U.S. Tour of 2017, and they brought Destroyer Of Light along for this night of destruction. Continue reading “One Hot Night: Witchcryer, Messa, Destroyer of Light – Show Review 5/21/17 Austin TX (Live Video); Tour Dates”

SCOTT KELLY w/ JOHN JUDKINS Live In Asheville, N.C.

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

Finally, an event that I’d been eager to experience for a rather lengthy time had arrived… to see a Scott Kelly acoustic performance!  Scott was currently on the road playing small, intimate sets with accompaniment by John Judkins (Rwake, Laser Flames On The Great Big News). Continue reading “SCOTT KELLY w/ JOHN JUDKINS Live In Asheville, N.C.”

IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)

Iron Maiden - 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer
Iron Maiden – 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer

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

Iron Maiden has always been a phenomenal band.  This is not a debate, they simply are.  Granted, I have not personally listened to much after the ‘Powerslave release, but this is beside the point.  I was a child when I first heard them, first watched, jaw agape, their original ‘Run To The Hills music video on MTV.  I hadn’t had an opportunity to see them live, until now.   Continue reading “IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)”

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX-MIRROR QUEEN-GUTTERHOUND Live At The Mothlight; Asheville, N.C.

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

For the second time in less than a matter of weeks, I would see New Jersey rock band The Atomic Bitchwax live.  This time would be in Asheville, North Carolina as they, along with NYC’s Mirror Queen and AVL’s own Gutterhound, would bring the noise to The Mothlight venue.   Continue reading “THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX-MIRROR QUEEN-GUTTERHOUND Live At The Mothlight; Asheville, N.C.”

WASTED THEORY – Sign to Argonauta Records; To Play Live Show 9/23 & Desc. of Crom Fest 9/30; Spring Tour Show Photos (Atl. City, NJ)

Wasted Theory
Wasted Theory

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

Argonauta Records is on a rampage lately!  In the wee early hours of this very morning, they announced confirmation of the label’s signing of American Weed Rockers WASTED THEORY, with plans to re-release their much-adored ‘Defenders of the Riff‘ album.  We have some details on that, plus a crop of photos from recent live shows I attended this Spring, and a few other fistfuls of dirt… Continue reading “WASTED THEORY – Sign to Argonauta Records; To Play Live Show 9/23 & Desc. of Crom Fest 9/30; Spring Tour Show Photos (Atl. City, NJ)”

Maryland Doom Fest 2017 – Off Stage & Behind The Scenes Photos from MDDF!

The Maryland Doom Fest

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

Just when our Post-Maryland Doom Fest Depression has finally worn off, I’m going to stir it up again with some antics off-stage in candid photos that I shot during my #4DaysOfDoom in Frederick, MD a couple of weeks ago.

Continue reading “Maryland Doom Fest 2017 – Off Stage & Behind The Scenes Photos from MDDF!”

SPIRITUAL SHEPHERD, WIZZERD, PLAGUE DOCTOR; 6/12 @ The Garth, Las Vegas, Show Review & Pics (Guest Contributor John Gist)

(By John Gist, Guest Contributor, RiffRelevant.com / Edited by Leanne Ridgeway)

Here’s a review from John Gist (of Vegas Rock Revolution), for the 6/13/17 show date for Wizzerd and Spiritual Shepherd at The Garth in Las Vegas, NV. John will occasionally be contributing some of his experiences at the heavy music shows he attends. — Leanne   Continue reading “SPIRITUAL SHEPHERD, WIZZERD, PLAGUE DOCTOR; 6/12 @ The Garth, Las Vegas, Show Review & Pics (Guest Contributor John Gist)”

HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos

Thunderchief 4/13/2017 @ The Odditorium in Asheville NC (Photo: Leanne)

If you get a random invitation from some folks you’ve never met, to see three heavy as hell bands you’ve never before witnessed live, at a venue you’ve never before been to, in a city you’ve never before seen, to drive 800+ miles in one day across seven states… what do you do?  Continue reading “HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos”

SWALLOW THE SKY, STONECUTTERS, HORSEBURNER, INDIGHOST @ The Hideaway, Johnson City, TN.


Everyone has their own personal bucket list of bands they’d like to see in a live setting at some point. I am no different. With this show, I was going to knock off two bands from my own, with a little irony in fact.      Continue reading “SWALLOW THE SKY, STONECUTTERS, HORSEBURNER, INDIGHOST @ The Hideaway, Johnson City, TN.”

Review: AMORPHIS/SWALLOW THE SUN: Phenomenal Finns In Philly (By Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter)

When a band hasn’t toured the States in years, you likely won’t be disappointed when they finally make it back. Such was the case with Finnish melodic death metallers Amorphis, who finally brought their “Under The Red Cloud” tour here nearly two years after the album’s release.    Continue reading “Review: AMORPHIS/SWALLOW THE SUN: Phenomenal Finns In Philly (By Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter)”

OVERKILL/ NILE/ AMORPHIS/ SWALLOW THE SUN Grind Charlotte, N.C. To Ruins


In one of the most highly anticipated tour stops of the year, Monday, March 6th saw the arrival of the OverkillNileAmorphis and Swallow The Sun trek to The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina. I know I was literally counting down the days for months now awaiting the date as I had not seen Overkill or Amorphis since the mid-1990’s and had never seen Nile or Swallow The Sun period.   Continue reading “OVERKILL/ NILE/ AMORPHIS/ SWALLOW THE SUN Grind Charlotte, N.C. To Ruins”