ALTAR OF BETELGEUZE – ‘Among The Ruins’ Album Review & Stream


(By Santiago Gutierrez,  Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Finland’s Altar of Betelgeuze first came on to the metal scene in 2012, with a three-song EP, entitled At the Shrine of Light.  Today we have a review and full stream of their full-length ‘Among The Ruins’, released last April on Transcending Obscurity Records.    Continue reading “ALTAR OF BETELGEUZE – ‘Among The Ruins’ Album Review & Stream”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video

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

All of my life, I’ve been on a spirit quest.  I’ve fled intense heat in the rivers of the Grand Canyon and felt the sting from arctic wind on my face, atop the mountains of Norway.  Relentlessly, I have sought to find an answer to the riddle of steel.    Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video”

THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN ‘Cypress Ave.’ Album Review &; Stream; EU Tour Dates


(By David ‘Sunshine’ Lamay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

It’s quite hard to not get behind bands like The Midnight Ghost Train.  They manage to both sit comfortably within stoner elements, and still seemingly challenge the whys and hows of it all at every possible turn.    Continue reading “THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN ‘Cypress Ave.’ Album Review &; Stream; EU Tour Dates”

DRUIDS – ‘Spirit Compass’ EP Review & Stream; Tour Dates

(By Taylor Waring, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Des Moines, Iowa’s trio Druids self-released their Spirit Compass album this past December and it is a potent follow-up to their 2016 banger, Cycles of Mobeum.    Continue reading “DRUIDS – ‘Spirit Compass’ EP Review & Stream; Tour Dates”

Interview w/ THE AGE OF TRUTH – ‘Threshold’ Album Review & Stream; Live Photos From Ode To Doom (NYC) 11/2017

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

Where do I start with THE AGE OF TRUTH and their début full length, ‘Threshold‘?  What a goddamned beautiful piece of heavy rock.    Continue reading “Interview w/ THE AGE OF TRUTH – ‘Threshold’ Album Review & Stream; Live Photos From Ode To Doom (NYC) 11/2017”

CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION (W.A.S.P., Crimson Glory, Kamelot, Leatherwolf, Etc. Members) Debut ‘Fade Away’ Video

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

The powerhouse supergroup Clockwork Revolution have released a new music video “Fade Away” from their debut album, which was released in September 2017 via Sonic Night Music Club. Continue reading “CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION (W.A.S.P., Crimson Glory, Kamelot, Leatherwolf, Etc. Members) Debut ‘Fade Away’ Video”

BLACK FRIDAY DEATH COUNT – ‘Cut Through The Noise’ Album Review & Stream

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

So there I was, minding my own damn business, shoveling my driveway, and enjoying the 17 inches of snow blizzard Grayson dropped on New Jersey.  I was having a few beers, listening to some tunes and all of a sudden my speakers just start blowing up.    Continue reading “BLACK FRIDAY DEATH COUNT – ‘Cut Through The Noise’ Album Review & Stream”

MONOLORD To Support BLACK LABEL SOCIETY On EU. / U.K. Tour

(Pic Courtesy of Sally Patti)

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

Gothenburg, Sweden’s trio of utterly crushing doom, MONOLORD, have announced they will be supporting Black Label Society on their upcoming tour. That tour will hit Europe and the U.K. in March and April, you can find all dates listed below.  Continue reading “MONOLORD To Support BLACK LABEL SOCIETY On EU. / U.K. Tour”

OLD MOTHER HELL S/T Review & Stream


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

As the ongoing integration of musical genres one into another continues, we take our attentions to Mannheim, Germany and Old Mother Hell.    Continue reading “OLD MOTHER HELL S/T Review & Stream”

TOXIK To Release 3CD Box Set ‘III Works’ Featuring New Music & Re-Recorded Songs


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

After 2017’s triumphant comeback via the ripping “Breaking Class” EP, New York’s magnificent thrash maniacs Toxik have an item imminent.  No Dust Records has announced the worldwide release of the new 3-CD box set from the band, “III Works“, due this April. Continue reading “TOXIK To Release 3CD Box Set ‘III Works’ Featuring New Music & Re-Recorded Songs”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – TEMPTATIONS WINGS’ JASON GARDNER Shares 10 Favorites


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

The AVL (Asheville) based band Temptations Wings recently wrapped up an incredibly beneficial year for them, 2017, with news of their enhancing the band’s line up (here). That move, along with some upcoming live shows, their first as a quartet, also recently came to light. Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – TEMPTATIONS WINGS’ JASON GARDNER Shares 10 Favorites”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) DAVID LAMAY Shares 55 Favorites

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

David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay has been with Riff Relevant since soon after I started this ship of mayhem.  We unknowingly have been wandering the peripherals of the same music circles for longer than either of us probably realize… way back machines are scary.
Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) DAVID LAMAY Shares 55 Favorites”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – WO FAT’s MICHAEL WALTER Shares 18 Favorites

Wo Fat

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

Wo Fat are not the evil villains of their namesake.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  This Texas trio are some of the more relaxed, humble, endearing gents I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting (last year at The Maryland Doom Fest).  However, to listen to them play is an altogether villainous experience…
Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – WO FAT’s MICHAEL WALTER Shares 18 Favorites”

WODE – ‘Servants Of The Countercosmos’ Album Review & Stream


(By Jeremy Keller, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Wode is a black metal band from Manchester, North West England, and have been slinging heaps of black metal since 2010.  Their 2017 album ‘Servants of the Countercosmos’ was released May 23rd, by Avantgarde Music.   Continue reading “WODE – ‘Servants Of The Countercosmos’ Album Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

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

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”