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”

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”

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”

RAT KING ‘Barren’ EP Review & Stream

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

Coming from the U.S. midwest’s bread basket region, Evansville, Indiana to be precise, comes Rat King. “Barren” is the title of the newest EP offering from this regal rodent and it’s a 3-song excursion into some heady doom. Yet that is not all that courses through the veins of this effort from this sovereign viceroy of vermin, not by any means. Continue reading “RAT KING ‘Barren’ EP Review & Stream”

CRACKHOUSE ‘Be No One.Be Nothing’ Review & Stream


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

France’s trio of all that is pivotal, punishing progressive doom, Crackhouse, are back with a new release, “Be No One. Be Nothing“. The 3-song full-length album was dropped back on October 6th via Italy’s Argonauta Records and simply put, it is a crusher, friends. By that I mean, it crushes of course but it also does a lot, lot more. Continue reading “CRACKHOUSE ‘Be No One.Be Nothing’ Review & Stream”

THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II


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

September 1st saw the issuing of the new 7″ Split featuring North Carolina’s The Asound and Connecticut’s Intercourse. Both bands contribute two tracks each for a total of four face-melting sonic assaults. On the release, each band’s tracks alternate with Intercourse providing tracks #1 and #3 and The Asound #2 and #4. For the purpose of this review, I will tackle each pair head-on. Continue reading “THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II”

Jason Bieler’s (Saigon Kick) OWL STRETCHING ‘Birds Of Prey’ EP Review & Stream


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

Many people recognize the name Jason Bieler the very moment they hear it, or see it in print and they should. Jason has spent years as a founding member and guitarist of the long running hard rock legends, Saigon Kick. But there’s also another musical venture that Jason is perhaps lesser known for, although it is one that is providing some of the most unique music happening at this time. Continue reading “Jason Bieler’s (Saigon Kick) OWL STRETCHING ‘Birds Of Prey’ EP Review & Stream”

BLACK ROAD S/T EP Review & Stream


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

“Inspired by all the greats which came before….we were simply born too late!”

Chicago has long been home to an amazing, thriving music scene, one of myriad genres and styles.   Continue reading “BLACK ROAD S/T EP Review & Stream”

WOLFTOOTH S/T EP Review & Stream


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

I (and all of us at Riff Relevant) get inundated with literal barrages of music from bands, musicians in bands, friends of bands and musicians in bands, friends of mine that like bands or musicians in bands, etc.   Continue reading “WOLFTOOTH S/T EP Review & Stream”

FACES OF THE BOG ‘Ego Death’ Review & Stream


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

Chicago’s Faces Of The Bog are absolutely taking the subterranean music community by storm with their latest offering, “Ego Death“. Although it was originally independently released digitally and on CD in October 2016, it gathered so much steam and recognition that something had to be done. That “something” was the official vinyl release of the effort through DHU Records on Sept. 22nd while the digital version remains available at Bandcamp here. Continue reading “FACES OF THE BOG ‘Ego Death’ Review & Stream”

BUZZARD CANYON ‘Hellfire And Whiskey’ Album Review & Stream

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

Buzzard Canyon dubs their music Camaro Rock.  Picture yourself with a jean jacket, mullet, driving a early 80’s Camaro.  Bottle of whiskey by your side, shotgun on the floor and you’re pumping your fist as you roar down a desert road with the radio at full volume… High energy, intensity and rock n roll.”  Fucking.  Sold……….  Dude.   Continue reading “BUZZARD CANYON ‘Hellfire And Whiskey’ Album Review & Stream”

THE VALLEY ‘Obelisk’ EP Review & Stream

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

The Valley are a trio from Cape Town, South Africa and after a couple of earlier Single releases, have arrived with “Obelisk“.   Continue reading “THE VALLEY ‘Obelisk’ EP Review & Stream”

RESCUE RANGERS ‘Join Hate’ Review & Stream


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

French band Rescue Rangers released their third studio effort, “Join Hate“, via F200 Records back on September 1st. To be honest, I’d never heard any music from the band other than the track “Creeper, The One Who Creeps” from their 2012 release, Manitoba. I’ll address that introduction in the next paragraph. But, it is always better late than never to discover killer music though and based on “Join Hate“, I’m glad I came on board and need to seek out their earlier material at some point. Continue reading “RESCUE RANGERS ‘Join Hate’ Review & Stream”

QUICKSAND ‘Slip’ (1993) Album Review & Stream; New Album Teaser Tracks

(By Shaun Katz, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

For those who were in search of an alternative to the rehashed and often overhyped Seattle sound of the 90’s, there were a number of albums which dropped like sledgehammers, without any accompanying limelight.   Continue reading “QUICKSAND ‘Slip’ (1993) Album Review & Stream; New Album Teaser Tracks”

NIBIRU ‘Qaal Babalon’ Review & Stream


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

It has been a little over two months since I tackled this year’s Argonauta Records‘ re-release of NIBIRU‘s “Caosgon-2017 Edition” (review here). Now, the trio of Ardath, Ri and L.C. Chertan, aka NIBIRU, are back with “Qaal Babalon“. The 4-song recording was once again dropped via Argonauta on September 22nd and I have had the frightening experience of listening to it multiple times for this dissection. Continue reading “NIBIRU ‘Qaal Babalon’ Review & Stream”

SEVEN SPIRES ‘Solveig’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter*]


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

Funny that even with the pervasiveness of downloading, quick hits and instant gratification, the concept album seems to be flourishing. It certainly does in the hands of Seven Spires. Continue reading “SEVEN SPIRES ‘Solveig’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter*]”

BLACKFINGER ‘When Colors Fade Away’ Review + Stream; Tour Dates


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

Everything changes and that is true for the Pittsburgh-based band fronted by former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner, Blackfinger. For the project’s second studio full-length, “When Colors Fade Away“, Wagner assembled a whole new band to accompany him. Gone are everyone from Blackfinger‘s 2014 self-titled album, except Wagner himself of course. Now in are a guitar pairing that have both done time in the band Penance, Terry Weston (also of Dream Death) and Matthew Tuite, alongside bassist Matthew Cross and drummer David Snyder. Continue reading “BLACKFINGER ‘When Colors Fade Away’ Review + Stream; Tour Dates”

KULT MOGIŁ ‘Portentaque’ EP Review & Stream


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

Poland’s relentlessly punishing death metal outfit Kult Mogił (whose name translates to “cult of graves”) are back with a new EP. “Portentaque” will be released by Pagan Records on September 29th and Riff Relevant is providing one of the very few full streams of the EP here. Continue reading “KULT MOGIŁ ‘Portentaque’ EP Review & Stream”

NEKROHOWL ‘Epitome Of Morbid’ EP Review & Select Song Streams


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

Dhaka, Bangladesh-based Nekrohowl are a band of young, hungry musicians that excel a crafting vicious, oldschool style Death Metal. After a Demo quality release in 2016, guitarist / vocalist Obliterator, bassist Sadist and drummer Warmonger return with their official debut release. Their 5-song “Epitome Of Morbid” EP will drop and detonate upon listeners come September 30th. Continue reading “NEKROHOWL ‘Epitome Of Morbid’ EP Review & Select Song Streams”

ROUGH GRIND ‘Four For The Road’ EP Review: Lyric Video


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

Jyväskylä, Finland is the home of the heavy rock / melodic power metal band Rough Grind who refer to their music as “Dark Roasted Rock”. It might just be a fitting tag too, especially once you’ve savored the flavors of their new EP for Inverse Records, “Four For The Road” (released Aug. 30). Continue reading “ROUGH GRIND ‘Four For The Road’ EP Review: Lyric Video”