Label Limelight: TOTEM CAT RECORDS Interviewed By Recently Signed GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST; Tour Dates

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

For the second installment of my ‘Label Limelight‘ column, I’m already switching the format (might happen each time, who knows)!  We have an interesting way to highlight the label, this time in an interview with Totem Cat Records owner Ewenn Padovan, by one of his newly signed acts – Great Electric Quest!    Continue reading “Label Limelight: TOTEM CAT RECORDS Interviewed By Recently Signed GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST; Tour Dates”

Classic Era DOKKEN To Release ‘Return To The East Live (2016)’ CD/DVD In April

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

The ever popular classic lineup of hard rockin’ Dokken  – Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass) and “WildMick Brown (drums) – will release a new CD/DVD and Blu-ray, entitled “Return To The East Live (2016)“, on April 20th. Continue reading “Classic Era DOKKEN To Release ‘Return To The East Live (2016)’ CD/DVD In April”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Oliver Brewing Company

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

The Maryland Doom Fest 2018 event tickets went on sale in December.  Riff Relevant has announced the full festival lineup, revealed the beautiful fest poster (artwork by Christina Christie), and told of the four primary festival sponsors (Riff Relevant included).  Now we’re inviting you to learn a bit more about these sponsors, starting with the Oliver Brewing Co.. Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Oliver Brewing Company”

EXCLUSIVE: Sludgelord Records Premieres COFFIN TORTURE’s ‘Dismal Planet’ Title Track Stream; Album Review [Guest Contributor Tyler Smith]

(By Tyler Smith, Guest Contributor, RiffRelevant.com)

Editor’s note: Two special brand new riffian things for you today!  Sludgelord Records has presented us with an exclusive track stream for you from Coffin Torture‘s upcoming full-length release ‘Dismal Planet‘; and we have a new wordsmith here at Riff Relevant to bring us a review of that very album.  Welcome Tyler Smith…   – Leanne Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Sludgelord Records Premieres COFFIN TORTURE’s ‘Dismal Planet’ Title Track Stream; Album Review [Guest Contributor Tyler Smith]”

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2018 – POOL PARTY Bands Confirmed; Festival Tickets On Sale Now

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

Psycho Las Vegas recently announced their second round of bands have been confirmed, this time for the anticipated pre-fest Pool Party on Thursday, August 16th…  Continue reading “PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2018 – POOL PARTY Bands Confirmed; Festival Tickets On Sale Now”

‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal: Part 1’ Documentary Arrives; Video Clips With John Bush, Lars Ulrich, Gene Hoglan


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

On Friday, January 19, MetalRock Films released the highly anticipated, much talked about cinematic document detailing the history of the Los Angeles metal scene, “The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal: Part 1“!   Continue reading “‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal: Part 1’ Documentary Arrives; Video Clips With John Bush, Lars Ulrich, Gene Hoglan”

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.

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

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”

HUDU AKIL Announces ‘Live At The Arrow’ Home Video & Series; Live Dates + More


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

Phoenix, Arizona’s energetically punk-powered stoner / desert rock band Hudu Akil have revealed their plans to release a pro-shot live show home video, “Live At The Arrow“.   Continue reading “HUDU AKIL Announces ‘Live At The Arrow’ Home Video & Series; Live Dates + More”

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”

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!”

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”

DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review


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

The story, and ultimately the life, of the legendary deity-like musician that is “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is one known by all fans of heavy music.  It is well known, deservedly so, because of the revolutionary skills he brought to heavy metal.   Continue reading “DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review”

LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video


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

One of the most intriguing, more incredible progressive death metal bands that I have heard in a while are the Borlänge, Sweden based Letters From The Colony.   Continue reading “LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video”

MASTODON Shares ‘Making Of Emperor Of Sand’ Doc With Unreleased Footage


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

Hot off the PR wire today comes this news: Mastodon‘s multiple episode video series, from behind the scenes as they recorded their latest album ‘Emperor Of Sand’, has been compiled into a full-length documentary.   Continue reading “MASTODON Shares ‘Making Of Emperor Of Sand’ Doc With Unreleased Footage”