IRON REAGAN / GATECREEPER Split Coming; Each Streams New Song As Both Prep January Tours


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

RVA’s crossover alchemists Iron Reagan and Arizona death metallers Gatecreeper have united for a new split album release.    Continue reading “IRON REAGAN / GATECREEPER Split Coming; Each Streams New Song As Both Prep January Tours”

THE WATCHERS Set To Unveil ‘Black Abyss’ On March 9th; Video Teaser + Live Dates

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

One of underground heavy rock’s most promising bands, the supergroup collective called The Watchers, will return with their full-length début on March 9th.  That is the day that the band will open up “Black Abyss“, via Ripple Music, for the masses to dutifully step into. Continue reading “THE WATCHERS Set To Unveil ‘Black Abyss’ On March 9th; Video Teaser + Live Dates”

NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL – Lineup adds DEMON EYE, VOID KING…+ VIP Contest Winner!


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

Additional bands revealed for the NEW ENGLAND STONER & DOOM FESTIVAL that’s set for this April 2018… we have more news about the lineup, as well as the VIP contest they had! Continue reading “NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL – Lineup adds DEMON EYE, VOID KING…+ VIP Contest Winner!”

FIREBREATHER FESTIVAL – TONESMITH Presents 10-Band Stoner Rock Event on 4-14 in Indianapolis IN

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

“…Then I was but young and tender. Now I am old and strong, strong, strong.” ~ Smaug (J.R.R. Tolkien) Continue reading “FIREBREATHER FESTIVAL – TONESMITH Presents 10-Band Stoner Rock Event on 4-14 in Indianapolis IN”

PALLBEARER Sets Winter Mini-Tour; SUMOKEM & RUBY THE HATCHET Support Select Dates

(Pic Courtesy Of Diana Lee Zadlo)

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

Progressive doom metallers Pallbearer have announced a planned Winter mini-tour, set to take place on two separate jaunts.    Continue reading “PALLBEARER Sets Winter Mini-Tour; SUMOKEM & RUBY THE HATCHET Support Select Dates”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – More Festival Acts Revealed: MOS GENERATOR, LO-PAN, TELEKINETIC YETI, & MORE!

Descendants Of Crom Festival

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

“…Only that the crowd would be there to greet him with howls of lust and fury.  He began to realize his sense of worth… he mattered…” ~ The Wizard (Conan) Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – More Festival Acts Revealed: MOS GENERATOR, LO-PAN, TELEKINETIC YETI, & MORE!”

WAR OF THRONES [Former Crimson Glory, Leash Law, Rob Rock Members] Debut Due In March; Song Streaming


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

The long, anxiously awaited début from power metal supergroup War Of Thrones, “Conflict In Creation“, has been set for a release date. It will drop from Sonic Night Music Club on March 9th, 2018.     Continue reading “WAR OF THRONES [Former Crimson Glory, Leash Law, Rob Rock Members] Debut Due In March; Song Streaming”

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2018 – First Tease of Bands Confirmed; Festival Ticket Sales Opened

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

Back in August, I only left myself a single day to post about Psycho Las Vegas Festival event before I left to attend it.  This year, we have a slight head start on August 2018, with an initial teaser lineup for Psycho Las Vegas 2018! Continue reading “PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2018 – First Tease of Bands Confirmed; Festival Ticket Sales Opened”

UPDATE! THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 Early Bird Tickets On Sale 12/17!; Poster Art Revealed

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

Early Bird Tickets for the Maryland Doom Fest 2018 events go on sale Sunday, December 17th (which is TODAY).  We also have their first reveal Fest Poster artwork, by artist Christina Christie! Continue reading “UPDATE! THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 Early Bird Tickets On Sale 12/17!; Poster Art Revealed”

NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Lineup Revealed & VIP Team Member Contest


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

At the beginning of November, Riff Relevant announced the NEW ENGLAND STONER & DOOM FESTIVAL was coming in April 2018… we have more news about the lineup, as well as a contest they’re having! Continue reading “NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Lineup Revealed & VIP Team Member Contest”

ALICE IN CHAINS Announce 2018 N. American Headline Trek + Festival Appearances


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

Alice In Chains have announced a planned North American headline tour that kicks off April 28, 2018 at the House Of Blues in Boston. The band will make several festival appearances throughout the run including ones at Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range and WMMR BBQ (links to each below). The touring trek news comes along with recent reports that the band entered the studio back in July to record a new album. Continue reading “ALICE IN CHAINS Announce 2018 N. American Headline Trek + Festival Appearances”

Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017


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

2017, like every other year before it, has seen bands both come and go but for me personally,  the “comeback” or return of one in particular really excited me. Arizona’s oldschool socio-political thrashers Sacred Reich arose yet once again from the depths of the underground, resuming their role as one of the most important metal throne-holders ever. Continue reading “Pro-Shot Video Of Entire SACRED REICH Performance At Wacken Open Air 2017”

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”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership

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

2017 has been a remarkable year for festival lineups (at least for me), event organizers in 2018 have their work cut out for them.  The Maryland Doom Fest has already revealed it’s initial (& full!) 2018 lineup, and Riff Relevant is a very proud sponsor for next year’s event!  Let’s find out more, shall we? Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership”

Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]

BLOODBATH (Then)

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

In today’s music journalism realm, the term “supergroup” is as commonly brandied about as any other type of label or tag. It has not always been so either as there was a time when a supergroup was a rarity, something special and outside of the norm. The qualifications to meet this supergroup designation were simple too, be a band comprised of well-known, established musicians…and that was pretty much it. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]”

HIMSA Confirm Reuniting For ‘Courting Tragedy And Disaster’ Full Performance At Northwest Terror Fest ’18; Others Scheduled: PRIMITIVE MAN-SUBROSA-PANOPTICON + More TBA

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

Himsa, the Pacific NW band now disbanded for almost a decade, will reunite for a full album performance at Northwest Terror Fest 2018.   Continue reading “HIMSA Confirm Reuniting For ‘Courting Tragedy And Disaster’ Full Performance At Northwest Terror Fest ’18; Others Scheduled: PRIMITIVE MAN-SUBROSA-PANOPTICON + More TBA”

SONS OF APOLLO (Portnoy, Sherinian, Thal, Sheehan, Soto) Announce First US Live Dates Supporting Recent Debut Album


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

Sons Of Apollo – the new “supergroup” project with former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, RonBumblefootThal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) – will be hitting the road in 2018 for their first-ever worldwide tour, which kicks off in Tampa, FL on February 3rd as part of the Cruise To The Edge. The cruise will be sailing to Belize and Costa Maya and once the cruise concludes, the band will be performing in Miami, FL on February 9th as part of the Monsters Of Rock Cruise Pre-Show party. Continue reading “SONS OF APOLLO (Portnoy, Sherinian, Thal, Sheehan, Soto) Announce First US Live Dates Supporting Recent Debut Album”

CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS Share Short Version Of ‘Mariner’ Doc


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

During their European tour together during November of 2016, Cult Of Luna and Julie Christmas documented the events on film at the time.   Continue reading “CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS Share Short Version Of ‘Mariner’ Doc”

JESUS PIECE Announce January Eastern US Tour With VEIN Prior To KNOCKED LOOSE / TERROR Trek

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

Hot on the heels of last week’s news (here) of their inclusion in the support slot on the upcoming Knocked Loose / Terror North American co-headline tour, Jesus Piece will undertake another trek prior to that run. Continue reading “JESUS PIECE Announce January Eastern US Tour With VEIN Prior To KNOCKED LOOSE / TERROR Trek”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets

Descendants Of Crom Festival

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

“…Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark.  Now they learn why they fear the night.…” ~ Thulsa Doom (Conan) Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets”