PALE GREY LORE Partners w/OAK ISLAND RECORDS for December S/T Vinyl Reissue, Album Stream & Upcoming Shows

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

Columbus, Ohio’s Pale Grey Lore originally released their self-titled début album on CD and digital download in June 2016.  On December 1st, that début album is slated for vinyl release via German label Kozmik Artifactz’s imprint Oak Island Records.    Continue reading “PALE GREY LORE Partners w/OAK ISLAND RECORDS for December S/T Vinyl Reissue, Album Stream & Upcoming Shows”

NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Announcement!


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

Music brings people together.  In the spirit of that unity, Riff Relevant is psyched to be the first to announce the NEW ENGLAND STONER & DOOM FESTIVAL.  Continue reading “NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Announcement!”

ELECTRIC BEARD OF DOOM invited RIFF RELEVANT’s Leanne Ridgeway for a visit!

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

Last week, I was invited to join the illustrious Electric Beard Of Doom to participate as a guest for Episode 93 of his damned amazing radio podcast.  MAN, was that a fun time it was!   Continue reading “ELECTRIC BEARD OF DOOM invited RIFF RELEVANT’s Leanne Ridgeway for a visit!”

THE AGE OF TRUTH Announce Debut ‘THRESHOLD’ w/FULL STREAM; Sign w/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ Label

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

The Age Of Truth present their debut full-length album, Threshold, with official release on November 1, 2017.  Since I wrote this press release, I’m not going to add much else.  Okay, maybe one thing… this album is destroying my mind.  It’s just that damned good.  These gents have produced one finely tuned, beautiful work of musical creativity here.   Continue reading “THE AGE OF TRUTH Announce Debut ‘THRESHOLD’ w/FULL STREAM; Sign w/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ Label”

SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed

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

As the U.S.A. steadily continues to create and organize its own gradually increasing number of festival gatherings, Riff Relevant is pleased to inform you of a new one. Continue reading “SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed”

WOLVES OF WINTER – Vinyl Release on No Slip Records; New Shows; New Songs in the Works

Wolves Of Winter

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

Phoenix, Arizona’s heavy desert rock outfit Wolves of Winter came soaring out of the ashes in 2012.  Comprised of Josh McGee (vocals and guitar), Mike Horn (drums), and David Weaver (bass), they are a whirling sand dune of fuzzy, down and dirty, heavy grit, grunge rock.  Guess what?  We have news! Continue reading “WOLVES OF WINTER – Vinyl Release on No Slip Records; New Shows; New Songs in the Works”

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]”

DOOMSTRESS Announces ‘Scorched September’ Tour; Includes Hurricane Harvey Victims Benefit


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

Doomstress, our friends from The Lone Star State, figured what better way to combat Hurricane Harvey than some heavy-ass metal?  After all, what is the opposite of water but fire?  We all know that Doomstress brings the fire when they play live.   Continue reading “DOOMSTRESS Announces ‘Scorched September’ Tour; Includes Hurricane Harvey Victims Benefit”

EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FEST – San Jose CA 9/16; High On Fire, Big Business, Mos Generator & More!

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

Holy smokes, have you heard about the EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FESTIVAL? Oskar Blues and Heavy San José are bringing you this insane lineup to honor the Past, Present, and Future of Bay Area Heavy Underground Music.  Check this out… High on Fire, Mos Generator, with seven more bands in one beauty of a night!    Continue reading “EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FEST – San Jose CA 9/16; High On Fire, Big Business, Mos Generator & More!”

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”

An Interview With STONECUTTERS Guitarist NICK BURKS

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

Louisville, Kentucky’s Stonecutters are a powerhouse band that are well into their first decade of creating intense music to say the least.  The band is widely known in our communal underground as being a caustic, genre-melding entity.   Continue reading “An Interview With STONECUTTERS Guitarist NICK BURKS”

VOID VATOR ‘Dehumanized’ EP Review; Official Video + Live Dates


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

Straight outta the heart of the City Of Angels comes the unique entity that is band on the rise, Void Vator.  The band is the brainchild of guitarist / vocalist Lucas Kanopa, who moved to L.A. from Uruguay in 2013 with his friend, drummer German Moura.   Continue reading “VOID VATOR ‘Dehumanized’ EP Review; Official Video + Live Dates”

MIRRORED IMAGE ‘The Pursuit Of Happiness’ Review & Stream


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

Of course you can call me a bit biased when a Kentucky-based band and their music falls into my lap.  It’s not a big secret that The Bluegrass State is my old Kentucky home and that I’ve lived here on and off in various periods of my life.   Continue reading “MIRRORED IMAGE ‘The Pursuit Of Happiness’ Review & Stream”

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)”

Fist Fight In The Parking Lot – Upcoming ‘714’ Due Out 7/14 & Release Party On 7/28

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

What a heavy-duty music surprise to have the latest Fist Fight In The Parking Lot release ‘714′ be released on – you guessed it – July 14th. Just in time for my birthday on Saturday.  Blackseed Recordings is on a dark rampage lately with their roster. I, for one, am thrilled.   Continue reading “Fist Fight In The Parking Lot – Upcoming ‘714’ Due Out 7/14 & Release Party On 7/28”

SALEM’S BEND & THE RARE BREED Tour Kick Off In Las Vegas; Presented By Vegas Rock Revolution

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

In a fantastic pairing of stellar acts, Ripple Music‘s Salem’s Bend and Los Angeles’ The Rare Breed will unleash their unique brands of pure rock fury on a soon launching tour trek.   Continue reading “SALEM’S BEND & THE RARE BREED Tour Kick Off In Las Vegas; Presented By Vegas Rock Revolution”

Maryland Doom Fest 2017 – Off Stage & Behind The Scenes Photos from MDDF!

The Maryland Doom Fest

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

Just when our Post-Maryland Doom Fest Depression has finally worn off, I’m going to stir it up again with some antics off-stage in candid photos that I shot during my #4DaysOfDoom in Frederick, MD a couple of weeks ago.

Continue reading “Maryland Doom Fest 2017 – Off Stage & Behind The Scenes Photos from MDDF!”

THEE IRON HAND (Iron Man, The Hidden Hand, Ironboss, Etc. Members) Live Debut Set; Song Teaser


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

One of the most intriguing recent new band announcements has been that of Thee Iron Hand. The recently revealed new project hosts a cast of musicians from several well known bands including past/present members of Iron Man, The Hidden Hand, Iron Boss, The Obsessed, Lifetime Shitlist and more.   Continue reading “THEE IRON HAND (Iron Man, The Hidden Hand, Ironboss, Etc. Members) Live Debut Set; Song Teaser”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Day Three 6/25 – Leanne’s Must-See Bands #4

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

We covered the Pre-Fest. We covered Days One and Two. Guess what? Now it’s time for Day Three! Wrapping up Part Four of my series on The Maryland Doom Fest 2017, let’s get this party train through the final stretch of tracks… Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Day Three 6/25 – Leanne’s Must-See Bands #4”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Day One 6/23 Leanne’s Must-See Bands #2

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

Continuing my run down of ‘must see’ bands performing at this year’s Maryland Doom Festwe bring you to Day One!  Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Day One 6/23 Leanne’s Must-See Bands #2”