Label Limelight: SLUDGELORD RECORDS Debuts w/New COFFIN TORTURE ‘Dismal Planet’ Release + Contest! Win Signed CDs/Tshirts


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

Today I’m introducing a new staff column ‘Label Limelight‘, with some special news.  One of our linked ‘Music Friend’ sites (scroll down our side bar) has announced an expansion.  The Sludgelord (currently operated by Aaron Pickford) has partnered with Dewar PR (owner Curtis Dewar), to begin releasing music through their new digital label – SLUDGELORD RECORDS.

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Riot’s Revelation: DHU Records ‘MMXVII Vol. II’ Sampler [FREE Compilation]


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

For this first 2018 installment of Riot’s Revelation, we return to the fantastic, freebie format, with a thrilling compilation.   It has a few months’ age on it, but that has not affected it whatsoever, trust me.   “It” refers to September 2017’s sampler compilation, “MMCVII Vol. II” from The Netherlands-based DHU Records. Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: DHU Records ‘MMXVII Vol. II’ Sampler [FREE Compilation]”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – WO FAT’s MICHAEL WALTER Shares 18 Favorites

Wo Fat

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

Wo Fat are not the evil villains of their namesake.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  This Texas trio are some of the more relaxed, humble, endearing gents I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting (last year at The Maryland Doom Fest).  However, to listen to them play is an altogether villainous experience…
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Oldschool Sunday: Remembering Iron Man’s AL MORRIS III [GoFundMe Launched]


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

We are going to deviate from the usual Oldschool Sunday fare and dedicate today’s segment to one of the greatest embodiments of traditional doom, of Maryland true doom, Al Morris III. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: Remembering Iron Man’s AL MORRIS III [GoFundMe Launched]”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

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

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GREENBEARD’s BUDDY HACHAR Shares 10 Favorites

Greenbeard (Photo by Holly Gee of Static Stills)

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

Greenbeard were busy guys this past year of 2017.  They toured in the Spring, put out a new release ‘Lödarödböl‘ in July, toured most of the summer, fall, and winter, including several festivals thrown in the mix.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – HEXXUS’ BILLY LUTTRELL Shares 15 Favorites

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

Birmingham, Alabama’s Hexxus is… well, to me – bliss.  Grimy, dark, sludge covered, raging bliss.  Hexxus is brutal, unrelenting, and yes, even a bit though-provoking.  They’re not just loud for loud’s sake, but they are goddamned loud.

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Oldschool Sunday: REST IN PIECES


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

NYHC (New York Hard-Core) music is its very own stand-alone entity, a genre unto itself that originally was a location-based designation. It still is of course but the tag of NYHC itself is used in describing certain bands now, ones coming from nowhere near The Big Apple in many cases. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: REST IN PIECES”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) KIRA SCHLECHTER Shares 6 Favorites

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

Kira Schlechter is technically a ‘Guest Contributor’ here at RiffRelevant.com, but she contributes so much, we’re not letting her leave.  She’s ‘semi-staff’ now.  Kira likes to cover certain metal styles, many with female power vocals, which fills a heavy niche for us.  Her reviews constantly introduce me to bands I’d been unfamiliar with.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – DEMON EYE’s ERIK SUGG Shares 5 Favorites

Demon Eye

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

Demon Eye sparked out of Raleigh, North Carolina around 2012, and is one of those bands that are truly fun to watch live.  They’re having as great a time on that stage performing (if not more so) as anyone in front of them experiencing their set.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) SANTIAGO GUTIERREZ Shares ALL His Favorites

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

Santiago Gutierrez just joined us here at Riff Relevant.  I don’t even have a bio for him on the site yet!  He made it just in time for our first Year End.  He dove right into deep water with his list, too.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) BRIAN HALSEY Shares 10 Favorites

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

Oh, Brian Halsey.  One day, after what I presume was a rather overly festive Independence Day on his part, I received a random e-mail from this New Jersey Demon.  He stated: “I write weird, sarcastic horror novels that name drop a lot of heavy music and I wanted to get into writing a bit more frequently.”  This was his opening line.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GHASTLY SOUND’s TJ MAYNARD Shares 10 Favorites

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

Burlington, Vermont’s Ghastly Sound is far from ghastly.  They signed on a while back with Magnetic Eye Records, based in my hometown of Albany, NY.  I scooped up their limited 7″ single before even listening to it.  I trust MER wouldn’t fail me as a music listener, and they never have.  When I finally did listen, my jaw dropped to the goddamned floor. 
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – FISTULA’s COREY BING Shares 5 Favorites

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

The first time I heard Fistula, they scared the living hell out of me.  This unnerving factor tends to spark my interest, in most cases, when it comes to music.  Fistula is frightening.  The name alone is disturbing, if you don’t know what it refers to.  When you discover what it does refer to, it’s 10 times more disturbing.  That also sparked my interest.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) DAMON GRAVITOYD Shares 25 Favorites

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

Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway jumped in with both feet as a writer here at Riff Relevant many months ago.  He’s brought with him several things, including his immediate proximity to Austin, Texas, which has a rather insane amount of heavy music bands right at his fingertips at the moment.  Talk about the right place at the right time…
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – ZED’s MARK ACEVES Shares 10 Favorites

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

ZED.  What can I say about them?  Well, ZED is one of the bands that kick-started me back into writing about music.  Essentially all this you see here can be somewhat blamed on ZED.  I. Love. This. Band. Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – ZED’s MARK ACEVES Shares 10 Favorites”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) TAYLOR WARING Shares 10 Favorites

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

Taylor Waring joined on as a staff writer here at Riff Relevant several months ago.  He’s brought with him some goodies along the way, including several reviews and some great input.  More to come from him in the very near future.
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Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GOZU’s DOUGLAS SHERMAN Shares 10 Favorites

Gozu

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

If you haven’t heard the music of Gozu by now, you’re missing out.  First emerged out of Boston’s heavy music scene in 2010, Gozu’s sound pulls up alongside while you walk the street minding your business, and demands you get in the goddamned car.  After two lost days, you come-to on the side of a dirt road, dazed and bruised.   It happened to me multiple times. Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GOZU’s DOUGLAS SHERMAN Shares 10 Favorites”

Oldschool Sunday: INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND

INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND (Then)

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

The origins of one of the East Coast’s most aggressive, volatile (and totally underappreciated) thrash bands, Bridgeport, CT.’s Indestructible Noise Command date back to at least 1985. This was when guitarist Erik Barath and bassist Dennis Gergely, both fed up and sickened with the state of music at that time, decided to start a band that harnessed the aggressive, violent, and vicious energy they felt was lacking in most music. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND”