ASCENDING DAWN ‘Coalesce’ Review; New Lyric Video Premiere


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

The world of music is no longer governed by physical constraints or perceived borders in the modern age of technology. If a musician at Point A desires to work with an artist at Point B then real world proximity can basically do nothing to prevent that collaboration from occurring. Take, for instance, the subjects of this article, the  NYC / London-based, progressive alt. metal project Ascending Dawn. The band will be re-releasing their full-length début, “Coalesce“, on December 1st. Continue reading “ASCENDING DAWN ‘Coalesce’ Review; New Lyric Video Premiere”

BLACK WATER RISING Premieres ‘Payback’ Official Video; New Album ‘Electrified’ Out Now


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

Brooklyn’s hard rocking Black Water Rising have just premiered their first Official Video from their recently released third album, “Electrified“. The visualizer for “Payback” is streaming below, it has all the trademark greats of a BWR number such as riff-driven energy and ample sonic swagger. Continue reading “BLACK WATER RISING Premieres ‘Payback’ Official Video; New Album ‘Electrified’ Out Now”

ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]


(By Kira Schlechter, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

In just six songs (and two bonus tracks) on its latest album, “E,” the Norwegian band Enslaved has seismically shifted what metal is, blowing open the doors instead to what it can be – thematically as well as musically. Continue reading “ENSLAVED ‘E’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter]”

ATOLL Streaming Death Metal Rager ‘Fallout Frenzy’ In Full Before Release

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

It is totally possible that Arizona death metal unit Atoll have spent years soaking and bathing in the atomic afterglow of the now decades-old original atomic bomb testing in the neighboring state of New Mexico. Perhaps that’s what has radiated and mutated the band into the crushingly powerful sonic weapon they are now. Continue reading “ATOLL Streaming Death Metal Rager ‘Fallout Frenzy’ In Full Before Release”

ELIO RIGONAT – ‘Egregor II’ Album Review & Stream; Video

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

When it comes to heavy music and its ability to expand perceived boundaries, well, I’m all for it.   Continue reading “ELIO RIGONAT – ‘Egregor II’ Album Review & Stream; Video”

PROJECT 86 To Release ‘Sheep Among Wolves’; Premiere New Song + PledgeMusic


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

The O.C. CA heavy alt. rock act Project 86 are nearing their 20th anniversary of activity and what better way to celebrate than with a new album? The band are currently working on their tenth studio album titled “Sheep Among Wolves” and have shared a hard-hitting track from it with us. The new record is set for release on December 5th. Continue reading “PROJECT 86 To Release ‘Sheep Among Wolves’; Premiere New Song + PledgeMusic”

STNNNG / CHILD BITE Split EP Streaming In Full


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

Five songs, two bands, one scathing release. The numbers don’t lie as the STNNG / Child Bite Split EP dropped today, Nov. 11th from Forge Again Records.

Continue reading “STNNNG / CHILD BITE Split EP Streaming In Full”

BONE CHURCH S/T EP Review & Debut

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

When you are as inundated with music, be it new, old or otherwise, as I and my journalistic peers are, you begin to feel like a treasure hunter after a while.  You get so bombarded with releases, so overwhelmed at times, that you’ll either question your supposed passion or worse, crack under the weight of maximum intake.    Continue reading “BONE CHURCH S/T EP Review & Debut”

Ripple Music’s ‘Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 7’ Featuring SWITCHBLADE JESUS & FUZZ EVIL Nears

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

Ripple Music‘s ongoing split release series, “The Second Coming Of Heavy” continues as the upcoming Chapter 7 nears release. The pairing of acts placed head to head on each offering changes from release to release.   Continue reading “Ripple Music’s ‘Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 7’ Featuring SWITCHBLADE JESUS & FUZZ EVIL Nears”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ‘No Cross No Crown’ in Jan. 2018; Album Details + New Official Track


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

The highly touted, anxiously awaited new album from Corrosion Of Conformity, marking the return of guitarist / vocalist Pepper Keenan, is closer than ever.   Continue reading “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ‘No Cross No Crown’ in Jan. 2018; Album Details + New Official Track”

NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates


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

Toronto quartet Nervcast just recently unleashed their four song début EP, “Locked And Loaded“, on October 21st.   Continue reading “NERVCAST ‘Locked And Loaded’ EP Review & Stream; Video Debut + Tour Dates”

GREEN DRUID Reveal ‘Ashen Blood’ Album Details; Track Streaming

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

Colorado’s newly coronated overlords of stoner doom heaviness, Green Druid, have unveiled details of their upcoming début album release. “Ashen Blood” will be released on March 16, 2018.   Continue reading “GREEN DRUID Reveal ‘Ashen Blood’ Album Details; Track Streaming”

GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release

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

Austin, Texas trio Greenbeard has been announced as an Official Music Showcase Performing Artist for South By Southwest 2018.  The band will also embark on a sixteen date “Winter Tour 2017″ beginning next week on November 4th, in support of their recent Lödarödböl release.    Continue reading “GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release”

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.
Continue reading “ASCENDING DAWN Share Lyric Video From Upcoming ‘Coalesce’ Release”

FORBIDDEN DIMENSION’s TOMMY BAGLEY Interviews with Riff Relevant & Album Stream

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

It only took me about 27 years, but I finally discovered the manic musical genius that is Forbidden Dimension.  Nobody combines punk, metal, surf, 60’s garage, and much more like this trio.   Continue reading “FORBIDDEN DIMENSION’s TOMMY BAGLEY Interviews with Riff Relevant & Album Stream”

BUZZARD DUST Settles With This Week’s S/T LP Debut; Song Streams


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

RVA (Richmond, Virginia) is ground zero for a plethora of genre-warping music projects.  These days, bands like Iron Reagan, BAT and Municipal Waste are the current torchbearers, but now it is time to introduce Buzzard Dust.   Continue reading “BUZZARD DUST Settles With This Week’s S/T LP Debut; Song Streams”

Full Album Stream Of New UFOMAMMUT Release ‘8’


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

The new studio offering from atmospheric, psychedelic sludge doomers UFOMAMMUT is now upon us.   Continue reading “Full Album Stream Of New UFOMAMMUT Release ‘8’”

THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) Reveal Details Of ‘Reach For The Dragon’s Eye’ Release


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

Rejoice, thou partakers of the heavy riff!  Do so because there is now a bit more definitive reason to do so.   Continue reading “THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) Reveal Details Of ‘Reach For The Dragon’s Eye’ Release”

ANNIHILATOR Announce ‘For The Demented’ Album To Drop In Nov.; Artwork Revealed + Video Premiere


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

Legendary and long-running Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator have unveiled some details of their next planned album release. Along with them comes the premiere of the first Official Video from said album, one for the song “Twisted Lobotomy”. It’s streaming below. Continue reading “ANNIHILATOR Announce ‘For The Demented’ Album To Drop In Nov.; Artwork Revealed + Video Premiere”

MAXIMUM MAD Stream Track From ‘Dear Enemy’ EP Release


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

Portland’s post-hardcore / noise rock heavyweights Maximum Mad will release their “Dear Enemy” EP via Good To Die Records on Sept. 15th.   Continue reading “MAXIMUM MAD Stream Track From ‘Dear Enemy’ EP Release”