MINSK / ZATOKREV ‘Bigod’ Split Review & Stream; EU Tour Nears

Article by: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

When it comes to atmospheric doom metal, Illinois’ MINSK are unquestionably one of the genre’s more profound entities. Continue reading “MINSK / ZATOKREV ‘Bigod’ Split Review & Stream; EU Tour Nears”

UN Share ‘Sentiment’ As New Release Arrives [Stream]; U.S. Autumn Tour w/ ORYX & WITHERED Set

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

When it comes to truly harrowing, hauntingly bleak, utterly obliterating doom metal, nothing beats that arising from the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Continue reading “UN Share ‘Sentiment’ As New Release Arrives [Stream]; U.S. Autumn Tour w/ ORYX & WITHERED Set”

EMPTY To Issue ‘Vacio’ Album In Sept.; Premiere Psyche-Ambient ‘The Yellow Rain’ Video

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

It has been four long years since we last heard from Spain’s EMPTY via the superb Etica Profana Negativa offering. Continue reading “EMPTY To Issue ‘Vacio’ Album In Sept.; Premiere Psyche-Ambient ‘The Yellow Rain’ Video”

SLOW DRAW ‘Light Is The Path’ Review & Stream

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

In case you are not aware, the Texas entity that is fitted with the moniker SLOW DRAW is actually the lone being Mark Kitchens from the band Stone Machine Electric. Continue reading “SLOW DRAW ‘Light Is The Path’ Review & Stream”

OWL Share Pre-Release Stream Of ‘Orion Fenix’ EP


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

OWL, the one man ambient death / doom project of Valborg guitarist / vocalist Christian Kolf, has returned with a new EP, “Orion Fenix“. Continue reading “OWL Share Pre-Release Stream Of ‘Orion Fenix’ EP”

BONG ‘Thought And Existence’ Review; Album Teaser Video

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

Back with a [the] BONG! The U.K. psyche-drone doomers will return with the mesmerizing “Thought And Existence” on May 4th, via Ritual ProductionsContinue reading “BONG ‘Thought And Existence’ Review; Album Teaser Video”

MYRHOLT Stream The Newly Released ‘Vinter’ EP

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

The Norwegian one-man atmospheric black metal monstrosity that is MYRHOLT is streaming the newly-released two-song “Vinter” EP. Continue reading “MYRHOLT Stream The Newly Released ‘Vinter’ EP”

CROW BLACK SKY ‘Sidereal Light: Volume One’ Review & Stream


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

Most people do not associate Cape Town, South Africa with atmospheric black metal, but Crow Black Sky have been working towards changing that.    Continue reading “CROW BLACK SKY ‘Sidereal Light: Volume One’ Review & Stream”

WEEDPECKER ‘III’ Review & Stream

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

When it comes to truly psychedelic, mind-altering and otherworldly type music, one band stands head and shoulders over the rest.  None other than Warszawa, Poland’s WEEDPECKER, who recently returned with their third studio outing, “III“.    Continue reading “WEEDPECKER ‘III’ Review & Stream”

ZERESH ‘Sigh For Sigh’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video


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

The one woman project Zeresh recently released the “Sigh For Sigh” EP. The four song effort is full of poignant music contained upon it, along with the intriguing, touching details of its inspiration and materializing. Continue reading “ZERESH ‘Sigh For Sigh’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video”

AFFASIA Prepare To Release ‘Adrift In Remorse’ EP Debut; Album Teaser Video


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

After several years of line-up changes and seemingly endless work in creating their sound, RVA’s (Richmond, VA.) AFFASIA are prepared to release their debut.  The “Adrift In Remorse” EP will arrive via Transcending Records on February 23rd. Continue reading “AFFASIA Prepare To Release ‘Adrift In Remorse’ EP Debut; Album Teaser Video”

JARUN Share Stream Of Just-Released Third Album ‘Sporysz’


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

Atmospheric, periodically folk-infused Polish black metallers Jarun are releasing their third album “Sporysz” today, December 22nd via Arachnophobia Records.    Continue reading “JARUN Share Stream Of Just-Released Third Album ‘Sporysz’”

DIRGE ‘Alma | Baltica’ Review & Full Stream


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

Riff Relevant recently shared the opening track “Alma” from French post-metal psychedelia explorers Dirge. I myself was not familiar with the band but was so impressed with the “song” that I’m now back with my own synopsis on the entire outing, “Alma | Baltica“. The album was released via Division Records on December 15th and you can find purchase details here. Continue reading “DIRGE ‘Alma | Baltica’ Review & Full Stream”

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”