THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II


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

September 1st saw the issuing of the new 7″ Split featuring North Carolina’s The Asound and Connecticut’s Intercourse. Both bands contribute two tracks each for a total of four face-melting sonic assaults. On the release, each band’s tracks alternate with Intercourse providing tracks #1 and #3 and The Asound #2 and #4. For the purpose of this review, I will tackle each pair head-on. Continue reading “THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II”

2017: The Year Of EARTHRIDE – ‘Taming Of The Demons’ Turns 15 & Descendants Of Crom Nears


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

Children Of The Future… Lift Your Weary Heads!” June, 2002 saw the unveiling of one of the heaviest exports to ever surface from the underbelly of the legendary Maryland Doom scene.   Continue reading “2017: The Year Of EARTHRIDE – ‘Taming Of The Demons’ Turns 15 & Descendants Of Crom Nears”

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”

STEEL & STONE II Festival 2017 Announces Full Details [RIFF RELEVANT Sponsored]

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

Last year’s fast growing festival in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Steel & Stone returns for Round 2!   Continue reading “STEEL & STONE II Festival 2017 Announces Full Details [RIFF RELEVANT Sponsored]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 2 [Video]


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

We have arrived at our second insightful glimpse into Ledbelly Sound Studio as our audio heavy heroes from Birmingham, AL. continue to record. Ember, aka guitarist Craig Shadix, drummer Erik Bigelow, vocalist Crystal Bigelow and bassist Jeremy Allen, continue to bring their “271” EP to life. Set for release through Doomsayer Records this fall, we are along for the ride via the all-seeing electric eye as the music manifests. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 2 [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]”

OL’ TIME MOONSHINE ‘The Apocalypse Trilogies’ Album Review & Stream; Set to Play Descendants Of Crom Fest

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

Ol’ Time Moonshine is a doom / metal / rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who also had the balls to list old school WWF wrestling as one of their primary influences.   Challenge accepted boys, I know exactly what you need me to do…   Continue reading “OL’ TIME MOONSHINE ‘The Apocalypse Trilogies’ Album Review & Stream; Set to Play Descendants Of Crom Fest”

EMBER Reveal ‘271’ EP Details As RIFF RELEVANT In-Studio Recording Visual Series Nears


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

One week ago today, we announced our upcoming project, the Riff Relevant Presents: Ember ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series.  It is our ambitious partnership with Birmingham’s Ember to join them in Ledbelly Sound Studio, as they record their new EP in early September.   Continue reading “EMBER Reveal ‘271’ EP Details As RIFF RELEVANT In-Studio Recording Visual Series Nears”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series


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

This promotional announcement is the realization of a project I have wanted to do for several years.  It pre-dates my joining on during the launch of Riff Relevant, but it is here it shall come to be.  As the title and image suggests, Riff Relevant has partnered with Birmingham, Alabama’s Ember to bring you on an intriguing journey.  Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series”

O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event

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

Blackseed Records presents the August release of “The Human Voice Is A Diseasefrom o Heiðrún.  Forged in the Steel City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this release holds all existing o Heiðrún recordings to date, in one haunting compilation.    Continue reading “O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event”

Heavy Summer Giveaway from Riff Relevant & Salt Of The Earth Records!

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

A Summer of Heavy… music, that is.  We have a special new giveaway for you this week.  Riff Relevant has teamed up with Salt Of The Earth Records to bring you the Heavy Summer Giveaway! Continue reading “Heavy Summer Giveaway from Riff Relevant & Salt Of The Earth Records!”

WASTED THEORY – Sign to Argonauta Records; To Play Live Show 9/23 & Desc. of Crom Fest 9/30; Spring Tour Show Photos (Atl. City, NJ)

Wasted Theory
Wasted Theory

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

Argonauta Records is on a rampage lately!  In the wee early hours of this very morning, they announced confirmation of the label’s signing of American Weed Rockers WASTED THEORY, with plans to re-release their much-adored ‘Defenders of the Riff‘ album.  We have some details on that, plus a crop of photos from recent live shows I attended this Spring, and a few other fistfuls of dirt… Continue reading “WASTED THEORY – Sign to Argonauta Records; To Play Live Show 9/23 & Desc. of Crom Fest 9/30; Spring Tour Show Photos (Atl. City, NJ)”

RIFF RELEVANT’s EXCLUSIVE Video Premiere Of NETUNO DOOM ‘The Second Sun’

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

Brazil’s amazingly diversified psyche-infused Stoner Doom band Netuno Doom have graciously partnered with Riff Relevant for the EXCLUSIVE global première of their brand new video!     Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT’s EXCLUSIVE Video Premiere Of NETUNO DOOM ‘The Second Sun’”