WASTED THEORY Reveals ‘Warlords Of The New Electric’ Coming on Argonauta Records; ‘Stoned On Both Coasts’ Tour Continues

Cover Art by Bill Kole – Billy Diablo Designs

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

Hitting the halfway point of their ‘Stoned On Both Coasts Tour” on May 26th with a blazing set at the Stoned To Death 3 Fest in Vermont [PHOTOS HERE], American Weed Rockers Wasted Theory sneaked into the studio in between performances to complete a new record.   Continue reading “WASTED THEORY Reveals ‘Warlords Of The New Electric’ Coming on Argonauta Records; ‘Stoned On Both Coasts’ Tour Continues”

HOWLING GIANT-ELECTRIC PHANTOM-VIC CROWN @ Sly Grog In Asheville, N.C. [5/26/18]


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

On Saturday, May 26, 2018, I was able to scratch a top band off of my own personal Bucket List of bands to see live: Nashville, Tennessee’s HOWLING GIANT! Continue reading “HOWLING GIANT-ELECTRIC PHANTOM-VIC CROWN @ Sly Grog In Asheville, N.C. [5/26/18]”

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]”

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”

Riff Relevant Interviews: HEAVY TEMPLE – Appearing at FIREBREATHER FEST & DESCENDANTS OF CROM; Tour Dates; Live Photos @PsychoLasVegas

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

[Editor’s intro] Philadelphia, PA’s Heavy Temple started in 2012, and the past couple of years have settled in rather well with a new lineup.  These changes have done nothing but strengthen this Temple’s already solid foundation.     Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: HEAVY TEMPLE – Appearing at FIREBREATHER FEST & DESCENDANTS OF CROM; Tour Dates; Live Photos @PsychoLasVegas”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

All of my life, I’ve been on a spirit quest.  I’ve fled intense heat in the rivers of the Grand Canyon and felt the sting from arctic wind on my face, atop the mountains of Norway.  Relentlessly, I have sought to find an answer to the riddle of steel.    Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video”

Riff Relevant Interviews: THE AGE OF TRUTH – ‘Threshold’ Album Review & Stream; Live Photos From Ode To Doom (NYC) 11/2017

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Where do I start with THE AGE OF TRUTH and their début full length, ‘Threshold‘?  What a goddamned beautiful piece of heavy rock.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: THE AGE OF TRUTH – ‘Threshold’ Album Review & Stream; Live Photos From Ode To Doom (NYC) 11/2017”

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2018 – POOL PARTY Bands Confirmed; Festival Tickets On Sale Now

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

Psycho Las Vegas recently announced their second round of bands have been confirmed, this time for the anticipated pre-fest Pool Party on Thursday, August 16th…  Continue reading “PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2018 – POOL PARTY Bands Confirmed; Festival Tickets On Sale Now”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas

Jon Barrysmith of Year Of The Cobra @ Psycho Las Vegas 2017 (Photo by Leanne)

(By Brendan Burns of Wasted Theory, Guest Columnist, RiffRelevant.com)

For as long as I can remember, it’s always been about the guitar player or the lead singer.  That lethal concoction of singers and axe-swingers like Page and Plant. Mick and Keith, Tyler and Perry, Daltry and Townsend, the list goes on and on…   Continue reading “FOUR ON THE FLOOR #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas”

Riff Relevant Interviews: Musician / Video Director GREG P. YATES [Director Behind EMBER’s ‘Moonchild’, Etc.]


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

I am always fascinated by the myriad aspects that are revealed from music itself. Some people are merely just music fans and hey, that is cool and nothing wrong with it in the least. But for me, that’s just beginning to scratch the surface because there really is a lot more that goes into some creative projects. For instance, the creation of album artwork, or perhaps the behind the scenes work that takes place in the recording studio itself. Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: Musician / Video Director GREG P. YATES [Director Behind EMBER’s ‘Moonchild’, Etc.]”

LIFETIME SHITLIST – ‘Slow March” Album Review & Stream, Photos at MD Doom Fest 2017

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Lifetime Shitlist.  That’s right.  Everybody has one, and everybody’s on one.  Mine could go on forever, but I’ll sum it up with this:  To whatever higher celestial power thought it was a good idea to take Mr. Lahey from us… Fuck off.   Continue reading “LIFETIME SHITLIST – ‘Slow March” Album Review & Stream, Photos at MD Doom Fest 2017″

Riff Relevant Interviews: SERPENTS OF SECRECY @ The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]

All Photos Courtesy of Shane Gardner
All Photos Courtesy of Shane Gardner (Rock N Roll Socialite)

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

One of the most promising bands to fully surface in 2017 are recent Salt Of The Earth Records signees, Serpents Of Secrecy.  The band, which many hail as a bona-fide “supergroup”, does possess a rather interesting roster of members.   Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: SERPENTS OF SECRECY @ The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”

Riff Relevant Interviews: Brian ‘Butch’ Balich (Argus, Penance, Etc.) Sonic Fire For The Ages:

BRIAN ‘BUTCH’ BALICH

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

I don’t even know where to begin.  That is something you will rarely ever hear me utter, let alone admit, but here I have.  The reason I have is the subject of the following exchange that ensues below, singer Brian ‘Butch’ Balich.   Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: Brian ‘Butch’ Balich (Argus, Penance, Etc.) Sonic Fire For The Ages:”

Riff Relevant Interviews: BURN THEE INSECTS @ The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]

(All Pics Courtesy Of Leanne Ridgeway)

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

Arizona’s Burn Thee Insects are one of those bands that come along and ultimately blow your mind once experienced.   Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: BURN THEE INSECTS @ The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”

MOTHERSHIP ‘High Strangeness’ Album Review & Stream, Live Photos from Saint Vitus Bar 4/19 Show

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

Mothership’s ‘High Strangeness’, released by the one-and-only Ripple Music, is a mighty third effort from the Dallas, Texas trio.  Oscillating between moments of pure fuzzy groove and heavy rock explosions, the album bolsters itself upon an onslaught of thick, rich riffs and layers.   Continue reading “MOTHERSHIP ‘High Strangeness’ Album Review & Stream, Live Photos from Saint Vitus Bar 4/19 Show”