PROFESSOR EMERITUS ‘Take Me To The Gallows’ Review & Stream

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

The heavy metal scene, underground, community, or whatever term you prefer, continually astounds me.  Continue reading “PROFESSOR EMERITUS ‘Take Me To The Gallows’ Review & Stream”

DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review


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

The story, and ultimately the life, of the legendary deity-like musician that is “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is one known by all fans of heavy music.  It is well known, deservedly so, because of the revolutionary skills he brought to heavy metal.   Continue reading “DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review”

FALLEN SUNS ‘Sol Aeternum’ EP Review & Stream


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

As the Los Angeles-based heavy rock band Fallen Suns close in on their second anniversary of activity, they celebrate a bit early with their stunning sophomore EP.   Continue reading “FALLEN SUNS ‘Sol Aeternum’ EP Review & Stream”

PILE OF PRIESTS ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Review & Stream


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

After a mere handful of days since premiering the title track of their new EP, “Tenebrous Labyrinth“, Denver-based trio of impenitent metallers Pile Of Priests return.   Continue reading “PILE OF PRIESTS ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Review & Stream”

BORIS RANDALL ‘The Black Months Rise’ EP Review & Stream


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

Multi-genre melding musician Boris Randall recently returned with a new 4-song EP, “The Black Months Rise“. It isn’t only genres that Boris is melding here either as this talented, long-embedded punk rocker played all the instruments on this latest offering. He also handled vocal duties with backing assistance from Pixie Randall on the EP’s title track. Continue reading “BORIS RANDALL ‘The Black Months Rise’ EP Review & Stream”

HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream


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

I have always relished the role of a revelator when it comes to discovering a band, one that I believe are exceptional and worthy of attention, and sharing said band with other people. Today, I get to engage that enjoyment once again with news about the Andenes, Norway-based Hellflower. The band just released their four song EP début, “Orange“, on November 24th via Rob Mules Records. Continue reading “HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream”

Gorilla Pulp ‘Heavy Lips!’ Album Review & Stream

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Italy’s Gorilla Pulp is one of those bands that I managed to grasp onto from the near-beginning of their journey, as it was happening.  No catching up, no delayed reaction.  Now, having kept pace, here we go with the third chapter in their ongoing saga, with a few stops prior to our destination.    Continue reading “Gorilla Pulp ‘Heavy Lips!’ Album Review & Stream”

ELLIOTT’S KEEP – ‘Lacrimae Mundi’ Album Review & Stream

(By Sanitago Gutierrez, Guest Contributor, RiffRelevant.com)

A bit of back story before we begin.  Back in the mid ‘90s, a doom metal band going by the name of Marauder was born in Dallas, Texas.  Unfortunately, vocalist Glenn Elliott passed away in 2004, and thus also signaled the end of Marauder, as well.    Continue reading “ELLIOTT’S KEEP – ‘Lacrimae Mundi’ Album Review & Stream”

TAAKE – ‘Kong Vinter’ Album Review & Stream

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

When the air is cold, and the trees are barren, I walk out into the woods naked and howl at the moon.  I become one with the darkness and pray to fucking Odin that Taake is finally ready to release a new album.    Continue reading “TAAKE – ‘Kong Vinter’ Album Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant Lists – 15 UNDERGROUND CUTS FROM THE 80’s

(By Shaun Katz, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Despite what the history books tell us, the 80’s wasn’t all about MTV and men in pink slacks.  Under the smiley faced conservatism, something odd and esoteric was brewing.   Continue reading “Riff Relevant Lists – 15 UNDERGROUND CUTS FROM THE 80’s”

UNCLE BUCK – ‘Death With Dignity’ Album Review & Stream

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

If you think for one second a powerviolence band named UNCLE BUCK is gonna lurk around the dark corners of heavy music without me noticing, you’re sadly mistaken.   Continue reading “UNCLE BUCK – ‘Death With Dignity’ Album Review & Stream”

THE ASOUND Rebound With ‘Commanding The Sword’ 7″ Flexi; Streaming

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

North Carolina’s The Asound seem to have recently burst onto the underground music scene with constant abound.   Continue reading “THE ASOUND Rebound With ‘Commanding The Sword’ 7″ Flexi; Streaming”

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”