An Interview ELDER DRUID’s Brien Gillen

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

Doom music is universal it seems. It can come or originate from anywhere upon the globe, and do so at any point in time. Take Northern Ireland for example, back in 2015 as that’s where a five-fold set of riff worshipers united within one entity, Elder Druid. In doing so, Gregg McDowell (vocals), Jake Wallace (lead guitar), Mikey Scott (rhythm guitar), Dale Hughes (bass guitar) and Brien Gillen (drums), set events in motion that have thus far led us all to this point in time. Continue reading “An Interview ELDER DRUID’s Brien Gillen”

SERPENTS OF SECRECY Interview At 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 “SERPENTS OF SECRECY Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 3 [Video]


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

Hello, All!  Welcome back for Episode 3 of our ongoing series with Alabama-based atmospheric doomers, Ember.  They have been ensconced within the walls of Ledbelly Sound Studio in the State of Georgia working on their new EP for Doomsayer Records.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 3 [Video]”

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

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

BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At 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 “BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series; Episode 1 [Video]


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

The realization of a long-dreamed of project finally manifests as Riff Relevant rides along with Birmingham, Alabama’s Ember to record their new “271” EP for Doomsayer Records.  Yes, as hyped and hollered about for the last couple of weeks or so, Ember‘s Erik Bigelow, Crystal Bigelow, Craig Shadix and Jeremy Allen have granted us access to their current adventures. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series; Episode 1 [Video]”

An Interview With BYZANTINE’s Chris ‘OJ’ Ojeda At ‘The Cicada Tree’ Metal Blade Records Release Show [Video]


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

West Virginia’s Byzantine have always been one of the best, truly creative and progressive thrash metal bands in all music history.  Call that opinion if you want, but I will insist it is fact.  I feel the band’s own discography and history more than validates my statement, too.

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RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]

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

Asheville, North Carolina’s Temptations Wings have had an amazing year so far with 2017. In March, they released their full-length debut, the conceptual masterpiece “Skulthor Ebonblade“.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR #3: MARIO TRUBIANO of BORRACHO – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight

(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 #3: MARIO TRUBIANO of BORRACHO – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight”

Interview With ‘Jesus, Devil, Deed’ Author DEE CALHOUN

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

Dee Calhoun, or as most heavy metal fans know him, “Screaming MadDee Calhoun, could be referred to as a “Renaissance Artist”.  My claim is derived from the age-old expression equating certain figures as a “Renaissance Man”, a title attributed to well-rounded, versatile people.   Continue reading “Interview With ‘Jesus, Devil, Deed’ Author DEE CALHOUN”