The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

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

I still recall the very first time that I heard guitarist / musician Daren “KLANK” Diolosa, although I’m not sure he’d been tagged with the nickname at the time. In fact, I really did not know it was him per se, all I did know was that I saw a music video that absolutely floored me. The video, the song, the music itself and the guys present in the visualizer were like nothing I had ever heard…or seen. Continue reading “The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA”

DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming


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

Atmospherically haunting, abstract sludge industrialists Dirge are positioned to release their new studio construct “Alma | Baltica” this month.   Continue reading “DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming”

DREADNOUGHT ‘A Wake In Sacred Waves’ Review & Stream; Tour Dates

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

Denver, Colorado’s Dreadnought evidently must take their hometown’s motto of “The Mile High City” to heart in their music. The progressive nature of it is miles high, or beyond, what many other supposed progressive acts are doing these days. Yet, clearly there is a juxtaposition of directions transpiring here on their new offering, “A Wake In Sacred Waves“, which was released on Oct. 6th. Continue reading “DREADNOUGHT ‘A Wake In Sacred Waves’ Review & Stream; Tour Dates”

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”

LARES ‘Mask Of Discomfort’ EP Review & Stream


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

The 6-song “Mask Of Discomfort” EP is the official debut from Berlin, Germany’s Lares, released back in May. The band is relatively new one, formed in 2015 and now poised to instill curiosity in music fans with their first studio recording. The quartet comprising the band are guitarist / vocalist Flavio, bassist Jörn, guitarist / synths Lambo and drummer Chris. Continue reading “LARES ‘Mask Of Discomfort’ EP Review & Stream”

O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event

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

Blackseed Records presents the August release of “The Human Voice Is A Diseasefrom o Heiðrún.  Forged in the Steel City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this release holds all existing o Heiðrún recordings to date, in one haunting compilation.    Continue reading “O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event”

VATTNET (prev. Vattnet Viskar) Premiere Official Video; Upcoming S/T Release Details

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

After the recent departure of guitarist and vocalist Nick Thornbury from the band Vattnet Viskar, comes news of a name change.  Now operating under the moniker of simply Vattnet, the band are premiering an Official Video for the song “Spun“.   Continue reading “VATTNET (prev. Vattnet Viskar) Premiere Official Video; Upcoming S/T Release Details”

NIBIRU Reveals Details Of Upcoming Argonauta Records Release ‘Qaal Babalon’

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

Hot on the scorching heels of my recent review of their ‘Caosgon – 2017 Edition re-release (review here), comes news from NIBIRU on its follow-up.  Continue reading “NIBIRU Reveals Details Of Upcoming Argonauta Records Release ‘Qaal Babalon’”

NIBIRU ‘Caosgon – 2017 Edition’ Review & Stream


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

“Psyche-Italia” best describes the mind-bending, seeming lysergic-laden head drama incurred by Italy’s sonic explorers in NIBIRU.   Continue reading “NIBIRU ‘Caosgon – 2017 Edition’ Review & Stream”

POISON BLOOD Premiere ‘Deformed Light’ From Upcoming Debut


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

It was recently reported that Horseback’s Jenks Miller and Krieg’s Neill Jameson had united together as the duo Poison Blood.   Continue reading “POISON BLOOD Premiere ‘Deformed Light’ From Upcoming Debut”

SXAP ‘Cathedral’ Review, Stream & NYP Item

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Sxuperion/Valdur’s Sxuperion is back with his one-man solo project of total musical destruction, SXAP. The three track effort, “Cathedral“, was released via Bloody Mountain Records back in mid-April (May 1st for CD).   Continue reading “SXAP ‘Cathedral’ Review, Stream & NYP Item”

HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos

Thunderchief 4/13/2017 @ The Odditorium in Asheville NC (Photo: Leanne)

If you get a random invitation from some folks you’ve never met, to see three heavy as hell bands you’ve never before witnessed live, at a venue you’ve never before been to, in a city you’ve never before seen, to drive 800+ miles in one day across seven states… what do you do?  Continue reading “HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos”

TAD DOYLE To Release Solo Album ‘Incineration Ceremony’; Track Streaming, Pre-Order


Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, engineer, etc. Tad Doyle (TAD, Hog Molly, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth) has announced a planned solo album release. “Incineration Ceremony” is slated for release on May 16th via Yuggoth Records while new track, ‘Silent Incineration’, is streaming here today.    Continue reading “TAD DOYLE To Release Solo Album ‘Incineration Ceremony’; Track Streaming, Pre-Order”

PRIMITIVE MAN Offer New EP To Finance Van Repairs; Rejoins WEEDEATER Tour


Denver, Colorado savages Primitive Man recently wrapped up recording their sophomore album and were planning to hit the road with Weedeater. Unfortunately, their tour van has been undergoing repairs and has incurred expenses related to it.

Continue reading “PRIMITIVE MAN Offer New EP To Finance Van Repairs; Rejoins WEEDEATER Tour”

MERZBOW Maims Mortiis Song ‘Bleed Like You’

MERZBOW

Japanese noise musician Masami Akita or – the name he is so much better known as – Merzbow, is sharing a new re-mix track he’s helmed…

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MIDMOURNER & THUNDERCHIEF announce US Spring Tour Dates

Midmourner / Thunderchief Tour 2017
Midmourner & Thunderchief Tour 2017

News from the sludge metal cauldrons of the South… two brutal bands have brewed an escape route. Midmourner and Thunderchief are pairing up for a fast track U.S. tour onslaught.    Continue reading “MIDMOURNER & THUNDERCHIEF announce US Spring Tour Dates”

WEAR YOUR WOUNDS (Featuring Converge’s Jacob Bannon) Debut Streaming

The début album from Wear Your Wounds, the post-rock project led by Converge’s Jacob Bannon, is available for streaming below. It will be officially released through Bannon’s label Deathwish Inc. this Friday, April 7th.   Continue reading “WEAR YOUR WOUNDS (Featuring Converge’s Jacob Bannon) Debut Streaming”

EMBER ‘261’ EP Review & Stream


Birmingham, Alabama’s Ember dropped their 3-song ‘261‘ EP back in December of 2016. The band channels a potent blend of hypnotic doom and ethereally-tinged sludge on the offering, with an ample influx of Post-Metal vibes tossed in for good measure. One of the best highlights of the band is the airy, sultry female vocals that permeate nearly every fiber of this effort.   Continue reading “EMBER ‘261’ EP Review & Stream”

IAH Self-Titled Review, Stream & FREE Download

Argentina’s IAH recently released their 4-song self-titled EP and now it has made its way here to my ears. The trio of bassist Juan Pablo Lucco Borlera, guitarist Mauricio Condon and drummer José Landín deliver some fantastically intense, experimentally driven Stoner/Post-Rock.   Continue reading “IAH Self-Titled Review, Stream & FREE Download”