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”

PRIEST (Ex-Ghost Members) Streaming Electronica Raver ‘New Flesh’

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

Priest, the new electronica band with connections to Ghost via the inclusion of some former members, will release their “New Flesh” debut on November 17th. Due out from Lövely Records, the recording produced by Alpha (ex Ghost) and which includes an appearance by Airghoul (also ex Ghost), is a showcase of electronica and 80s goth overtones. Continue reading “PRIEST (Ex-Ghost Members) Streaming Electronica Raver ‘New Flesh’”

INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017


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

Los Angeles’ Interstelar have been an underground staple within the City Of Angels’ music scene since at least 2005.  The band has been an ever-present entity on the town’s live circuit during that period.  Continue reading “INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017”

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”

WASTED THEORY ‘Defenders Of The Riff’ Argonauta Records Re-Issue [With Bonus Content] Review & Stream

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

At this point in the game, most anyone that pursues music within the off-the-radar underground knows who the hell Wasted Theory are. They should actually do more than merely just know, they should be well-versed with the band’s style of bluesy, boozy, gritty raunch ‘n roll. I know that I have been an avid fanatic about this bad-ass bunch since I got wind of their 2014 introduction, Death And Taxes. Continue reading “WASTED THEORY ‘Defenders Of The Riff’ Argonauta Records Re-Issue [With Bonus Content] Review & Stream”

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Reveal New Singer; Share ‘Meadow’ Single


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

Stone Temple Pilots (aka STP) have finally revealed the identity of their new vocalist along with a new song featuring him, “Meadow“. He is none other than former X-Factor contestant Jeff Gutt and he, along with Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz really seem to capture the essence of the band’s early sound.

That sound, of course, was delivered by original vocalist Scott Weiland who eventually exited the band and passed away in 2015. STP returned in time with new front man Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) who himself passed away back in July of this year.

According to a press release, “Meadow” will also appear on the band’s new album, due out in spring 2018. In a statement, Stone Temple PilotsDean DeLeo said, “We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy.

VVON DOGMA I ‘Communion’ EP Review & Stream

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

We may have the arrival of a whole new genre or style of music with what’s happening here from Montreal, Québec’s Vvon Dogma I. Having just released the “Communion” EP in recent days, the music contained upon it is quite forward-thinking progressive metal at its roots. Continue reading “VVON DOGMA I ‘Communion’ EP Review & Stream”

PILE OF PRIESTS Reveals ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Details; Title Track Stream


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

From the Mile High City of Denver comes the latest offering from the merciless trio of Evan Salvador (Guitars, Vocals) Patrick Leyn (Bass) and Evan Knight (Drums). The guys, otherwise known as Pile Of Priests will self-release their new EP, “Tenebrous Labyrinth“, on November 24th…Black Friday! Continue reading “PILE OF PRIESTS Reveals ‘Tenebrous Labyrinth’ EP Details; Title Track Stream”

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”

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”

EARTH DRIVE ‘Stellar Drone’ Review & Stream


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

The Montijo, Portugal-based cosmic rock collective Earth Drive recently returned to terra firma with a new offering, “Stellar Drone“.    Continue reading “EARTH DRIVE ‘Stellar Drone’ Review & Stream”

NO AMNESTY ‘Psychopathy’ Pre-Release Stream


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

Barcelona-based thrash band No Amnesty have premiered the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “Psychopathy“, which will be released on November 14th by Xtreem Music. Check it out via the Soundcloud embed below. Continue reading “NO AMNESTY ‘Psychopathy’ Pre-Release Stream”

ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video

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

The providers of slow-churning, psychedelic dirges of Swedish doom, Alastor, return with their 2-track ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw‘ EP. It’s dropping via the Ljudkassett label on cassette and digital formats on November 15. The EP was recorded by Magnus Sörensen at KulturVerkstan, Tingsryd then mixed and mastered by Joona Hassinen at Studio Underjord, Norrköping. Continue reading “ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video”

YOB’s ‘The Great Cessation’ Receives Deluxe Re-Issue; Remastered Track Streaming + Tour Dates

(Pic Courtesy of ALYSSA HERMAN)

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

U.S. Pacific Northwest sinister psyche-doom merchants YOB will release an upcoming deluxe edition re-issue of their fifth full-length record, “The Great Cessation“. Originally released in 2009, the album was a groundbreaking  lesson in cosmic doom. Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, the album helped cement YOB‘s status as one of the planet’s most progressive purveyors of underground music. Continue reading “YOB’s ‘The Great Cessation’ Receives Deluxe Re-Issue; Remastered Track Streaming + Tour Dates”

THE MOTH Looses Early Streaming Of ‘Hysteria’; Official Video

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

One of Germany’s heaviest exports at this time, The Moth, are loosing their upcoming album “Hysteria” in an early streaming format. The 10-song barrage of injury-inducing, caustic sonic sludge will be released on November 10th from This Charming Man Records. Continue reading “THE MOTH Looses Early Streaming Of ‘Hysteria’; Official Video”

DEAD QUIET [Ex-Barn Burner/3 Inches Of Blood Members] ‘Grand Rites’ Review & Stream


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

When a project or band is born out of the ashes of other bands, one never really quite knows what to expect. Meaning, will this new band be like X, Y or Z was or it will be better, worse or what have you. Vancouver, B.C.’s Dead Quiet is one of these type of bands as it was formed by ex-Barn Burner front-man Kevin Keegan and now features Justin Hagberg (ex-3 Inches Of Blood) on keyboards full-time. It does not end there though for also present are the returning Jason Dana (Bend Sinister, Karen Foster), Brock Macinnis (Anciients, Tobeatic) and Mike Grossnickle (Hashteroid). Continue reading “DEAD QUIET [Ex-Barn Burner/3 Inches Of Blood Members] ‘Grand Rites’ Review & Stream”

LEVEE WALKERS (Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam, G’nR Members) Share 2 New Songs


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

The super trio of musicians known as Levee Walkers, bassist Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses, Loaded), guitarist Mike McReady (Pearl Jam) and drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), are back. The pedigree group recently released their two song self-titled single, pulling in vocalist Ayron Jones to complete the tracks. Continue reading “LEVEE WALKERS (Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam, G’nR Members) Share 2 New Songs”

FREEWAYS ‘Cold Front’ EP Review & Stream


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

Canadian hard rock band Freeways embody every jot and tittle of the tags that get tossed around every day like “retro”, “vintage” or “classic”. While most times such descriptions are used, it’s a half-hearted, lukewarm attempt to identify something using very little imagination. But in this case, they’re all applicable and there is no mistaking the power of Freeways‘ recent EP release. Continue reading “FREEWAYS ‘Cold Front’ EP Review & Stream”

SCOUR Streams ‘Red’ EP In Its Entirety


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

Extreme metal act Scour, featuring Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index), are back with their new EP. Continue reading “SCOUR Streams ‘Red’ EP In Its Entirety”