SMALL TOWN TITANS Premiere New Single With ‘Me, Myself And Monster’ Official Video

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

York, PA.’s rocking embodiment of the DIY ethos, Small Town Titans, have returned with a brand new single, “Me, Myself And Monster“. It is being presented to fans with an official video we’re happily premiering here today. Continue reading “SMALL TOWN TITANS Premiere New Single With ‘Me, Myself And Monster’ Official Video”

MEZZOA ‘Astral Travel’ Review; ‘Song Of The Sun’ Official Video


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

San Diego-based quartet Mezzoa released one of the most powerful, fluid stoner rock albums this year with the amazing “Astral Travel“. There, I said it and in doing so, got right to the point concerning this phenomenal 9-song outing. It is the product of much hard work, years of such in fact, from the foursome within Mezzoa: vocalist / rhythm guitarist Nacho Maldonado, lead guitarist / bkg. vocals  John Cruz, drummer Roy Belarmino and bassist Q. Pena.
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EMPTY THREAT ‘Shutdown Nowhere’ EP Review & Stream


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

The threat is real! From Mississauga, Ontario comes the debut offering from Empty Threat, the “Shutdown Nowhere” EP. The six song effort dropped nearly two weeks ago and I’m pretty happy about it landing on my radar. The reason I’m saying that is because of what is channeled through these six selections. It’s a potent blending of punk rock, grunge, alternative and post-rock that walks the line between the past and the present worlds of music. Continue reading “EMPTY THREAT ‘Shutdown Nowhere’ EP Review & Stream”

OZ Returns With ‘Transition State’; Official Video Premiere


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

Finnish heavy metal cult legends OZ have returned with the new studio album, “Transition State“,  out now via AFM Records. It arrives six years after the band’s re-start of their career, the Burning Leather release. The new record is the band’s first album of all-new music since 1991. Transition State can be ordered here. Continue reading “OZ Returns With ‘Transition State’; Official Video Premiere”

The GRÜZER Interview At STEEL & STONE II Festival [Video]


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

Columbia, South Carolina’s Grüzer are on an ascending climb through the ranks of heavy music currently. The band’s 2016 release, the Let It Burn EP, was a successful slab of riff-driven sonic monstrosities that introduced a whole new group of fans to the band. They joined the ranks of fans that had been supporting the band since their 2014 debut, Path Of Buzzards, and before that. Continue reading “The GRÜZER Interview At STEEL & STONE II Festival [Video]”

ASTRAL MASS S/T LP Review & Stream

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

From the confines of the universal center point of Formula Racing, Indianapolis, IN., comes the exploratory space rock project Astral Mass. The band, which consist of members with resumes that include Apostle Of Solitude, Dead Limb, The Heavy Company, Sleepbringer, Giraffes Eating Lions, etc., just recently issued their self-titled full length debut. The 7-song offering is the follow-up to 2016’s very well received All Systems Go EP.
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LIFETIME SHITLIST – ‘Slow March” Album Review & Stream, Photos at MD Doom Fest 2017

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

Lifetime Shitlist.  That’s right.  Everybody has one, and everybody’s on one.  Mine could go on forever, but I’ll sum it up with this:  To whatever higher celestial power thought it was a good idea to take Mr. Lahey from us… Fuck off.   Continue reading “LIFETIME SHITLIST – ‘Slow March” Album Review & Stream, Photos at MD Doom Fest 2017″

Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA


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

The re-activated Bay Area thrash metal band Trauma, once home to the pre-Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, have announced some upcoming live tour dates.   Continue reading “Re-Activated TRAUMA Announce Headline Tour; More Dates TBA”

ASCENDING DAWN Share Lyric Video From Upcoming ‘Coalesce’ Release


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

Bi-national prog/alt metal project, Ascending Dawn,  have debuted their new lyric video, “Cannonball from the upcoming albumCoalesce, due out December 1st.
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PALE HORSEMAN Premiere ‘Final War’ Track From Imminent ‘The Fourth Seal’ Release


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

The Chicago-based heavyweights of doom and sludge, Pale Horseman, are preparing to deliver their most severe sonic blow yet. Their new album, “The Fourth Seal“, will be independently released by the band on November 24th. Continue reading “PALE HORSEMAN Premiere ‘Final War’ Track From Imminent ‘The Fourth Seal’ Release”

MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release

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

Through mighty sounds of our crying Earth we’re channeling frustration of a modern world.”

This appears to be the mantra and / or mission statement of Sweden’s Moon Mother and their newly released “Riffcraft“. It is a totally respectable undertaking too for the quartet of singer Sara Trollpacka, drummer Jesper Wallin, guitarist Pat Ahlström and bassist Thomas V Jäger (of Monolord who also produced this). On their official 4-song debut here, the foursome blend an appealing elixir of bluesy Stoner Doom with abundant classic rock influences. Continue reading “MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release”

GRUNTRUCK Premiere Animated Video From “Lost” S/T Album Out Now


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

With all of the recent buzz and hoopla about the long “lost” Gruntruck album (details here) finally seeing the light of day, I now get to utter (via typed text) words I never thought I’d be saying again: “We have the premiere of a new video from Gruntruck.Continue reading “GRUNTRUCK Premiere Animated Video From “Lost” S/T Album Out Now”

EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms

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

Greece’s oldschool thrash-styled metal band Exarsis have unleashed a scathing Official Video for their track “General Guidance“. The blistering neck-wrecking number hails from the band’s imminent fourth album release, “New World Order” which is due out on October 20th. Continue reading “EXARSIS Unleash ‘General Guidance’ Official Video As ‘New War Order’ Looms”

‘Finding Joseph I’ Doc On BAD BRAINS Vox Paul HR Hudson Arrives On DVD In Nov.; Select Theater Screenings


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

The documentary on Bad Brains front-man Paul “HR” Hudson, ‘Finding Joseph I‘, will arrive on DVD on November 3rd. James Lathos directed the feature, which documents the life of the legendary, enigmatic front-man through previously unseen archival footage as well as various interviews with his family, band mates, members of DeftonesFugaziLiving Colour and more. A number of theaters currently have screenings of the film scheduled, including: Continue reading “‘Finding Joseph I’ Doc On BAD BRAINS Vox Paul HR Hudson Arrives On DVD In Nov.; Select Theater Screenings”

EXCLUSIVE Stream Of New OBESE Release ‘Anamnesis’ [Argonauta Records]; Album Review + Video


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

The Dutch sludge heavyweights Obese are back with their sophomore album, “Anamnesis“, dropping via Argonauta Records on October 20th. Riff Relevant is extremely excited to be the EXCLUSIVE source for the first global stream of the record in full now through Soundcloud today. Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE Stream Of New OBESE Release ‘Anamnesis’ [Argonauta Records]; Album Review + Video”

AMENRA ‘Mass VI’ Streaming Now Ahead Of Release; Video + Tour Dates

( Pic Courtesy Of Stephan Vanfleteren)

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

Amenra
 are set to issue their phenomenal new album, “Mass VI“, via Neurot Recordings this Friday, October 20th. The contrasting sonic spectacular is streaming now though thanks to Riff Relevant and the Soundcloud embed below. Also, check out the band’s official video for the track “Children Of The Eye” also included. Continue reading “AMENRA ‘Mass VI’ Streaming Now Ahead Of Release; Video + Tour Dates”

LORDS OF BEACON HOUSE/GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST ‘Wicked Ladies’ (Split) Review & Stream

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

I’m the type of dude who waits until the day after Halloween to buy Snickers bars in bulk.   I know a good bargain when I see it, and the Lords of Beacon House / Great Electric Quest – ‘Wicked Ladies’ (Split) release qualifies as the sweetest of deals.  Continue reading “LORDS OF BEACON HOUSE/GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST ‘Wicked Ladies’ (Split) Review & Stream”

LADY BEAST To Unleash ‘Vicious Breed’ In November; Lyric Video Premiere + Appearance On Anthony Bourdain Show

(Photo Courtesy Of Jake Reinhart)

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

Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the November 17 release of “Vicious Breed” from Pittsburgh’s NWOBHM-inspired upstarts Lady BeastThe band was one of the more surprising discoveries for many of us at the recent Descendants Of Crom Festival in Steel City.  Continue reading “LADY BEAST To Unleash ‘Vicious Breed’ In November; Lyric Video Premiere + Appearance On Anthony Bourdain Show”

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream


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

Eight torturous, long years after the release of their full-length album ‘Using The Useless’, the Indio, CA. hard rock trio House Of Broken Promises return with new music.   Continue reading “HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream”

Oldschool Sunday: SALLY


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

The Birmingham, UK-based band Sally originally began as a trio in 1996 with members Andrew Parker (guitar), Peter Brown (bass) and Darren ‘Dirty’ Donovan (drums, vocals). The three adopted the name Sally in tribute to the heroine ‘Sally Hardesty’ from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and played music heavily influenced by the likes of Fu Manchu, Mudhoney and Sonic Youth. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: SALLY”