Label Limelight: SLUDGELORD RECORDS Debuts w/New COFFIN TORTURE ‘Dismal Planet’ Release + Contest! Win Signed CDs/Tshirts


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

Today I’m introducing a new staff column ‘Label Limelight‘, with some special news.  One of our linked ‘Music Friend’ sites (scroll down our side bar) has announced an expansion.  The Sludgelord (currently operated by Aaron Pickford) has partnered with Dewar PR (owner Curtis Dewar), to begin releasing music through their new digital label – SLUDGELORD RECORDS.

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MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE [Scott Kelly, Sanford Parker] Announce N.A. Tour; THE ATLAS MOTH / ROYAL THUNDER Support Select Dates


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

Mirrors For Psychic Warfare, the collaboration between Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder, Corrections House) and Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea, Minsk), have announced an upcoming North American tour.    Continue reading “MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE [Scott Kelly, Sanford Parker] Announce N.A. Tour; THE ATLAS MOTH / ROYAL THUNDER Support Select Dates”

Riot’s Revelation: DHU Records ‘MMXVII Vol. II’ Sampler [FREE Compilation]


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

For this first 2018 installment of Riot’s Revelation, we return to the fantastic, freebie format, with a thrilling compilation.   It has a few months’ age on it, but that has not affected it whatsoever, trust me.   “It” refers to September 2017’s sampler compilation, “MMCVII Vol. II” from The Netherlands-based DHU Records. Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: DHU Records ‘MMXVII Vol. II’ Sampler [FREE Compilation]”

NECROPANTHER Prepare To Release ‘Eyes Of Blue Light’ Conceptual Album Inspired By Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’; Song Streaming + Live Dates


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

The Colorado metal crew that is Necropanther are preparing to release their ambitious conceptual album “Eyes Of Blue Light” on February 23rd.    Continue reading “NECROPANTHER Prepare To Release ‘Eyes Of Blue Light’ Conceptual Album Inspired By Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’; Song Streaming + Live Dates”

KILGORE ‘Someday This War Is Going To End’ EP Review & Stream


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

Many listeners may not know, realize, or whatever, that Rhode Island’s KILGORE dates back to 1991 or so, at least.  That’s when the band emerged and began its periodic transitions between name tweaks and membership.  Those names saw the band under monikers like Regicide, Smudge, and Kilgore Smudge, before they landed on the since-then permanent KILGORE.    Continue reading “KILGORE ‘Someday This War Is Going To End’ EP Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – WO FAT’s MICHAEL WALTER Shares 18 Favorites

Wo Fat

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

Wo Fat are not the evil villains of their namesake.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  This Texas trio are some of the more relaxed, humble, endearing gents I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting (last year at The Maryland Doom Fest).  However, to listen to them play is an altogether villainous experience…
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MALFORMITY Return After Decades-Long Absence With ‘The Rapturous Unraveling’ 7″ [Streaming]


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

This past week saw the studio return of the legendary underground, old-school death metal band Malformity after a lengthy absence. The Atlanta area-based band released the anxiously anticipated “The Rapturous Unraveling” on 7-inch vinyl and digital download on January 13th via Boris Records. Continue reading “MALFORMITY Return After Decades-Long Absence With ‘The Rapturous Unraveling’ 7″ [Streaming]”

WODE – ‘Servants Of The Countercosmos’ Album Review & Stream


(By Jeremy Keller, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Wode is a black metal band from Manchester, North West England, and have been slinging heaps of black metal since 2010.  Their 2017 album ‘Servants of the Countercosmos’ was released May 23rd, by Avantgarde Music.   Continue reading “WODE – ‘Servants Of The Countercosmos’ Album Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

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

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”

OOPArt – S/T EP Review & Stream


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

Italy’s realm of underground heavy rock appears to be exploding these days as I seem to recently discover one amazing band after another hailing from there.  The latest to land on my rock ‘n roll radar is Rome’s OOPArt.    Continue reading “OOPArt – S/T EP Review & Stream”

EXCLUSIVE: Riff Relevant Premieres Stream Of KAYLETH ‘Colossus’; Album Review


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

San Bonifacio, Italy’s Kayleth have once again successfully escaped the Earth’s gravity, doing so via their newest full-length, “Colossus“.  The record rockets from the Argonauta Records launch pad today, Friday, January 12th and Riff Relevant is proudly premiering the full stream of it here with our review! Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Riff Relevant Premieres Stream Of KAYLETH ‘Colossus’; Album Review”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – GREENBEARD’s BUDDY HACHAR Shares 10 Favorites

Greenbeard (Photo by Holly Gee of Static Stills)

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

Greenbeard were busy guys this past year of 2017.  They toured in the Spring, put out a new release ‘Lödarödböl‘ in July, toured most of the summer, fall, and winter, including several festivals thrown in the mix.
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EXCLUSIVE: Riff Relevant Premiere Of New THAL Song ‘Under Earth’


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

We are a mere handful of weeks away from one of my own most anticipated album releases of 2018, THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) heavyweight, “Reach For The Dragon’s Eye” (more details here).   Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Riff Relevant Premiere Of New THAL Song ‘Under Earth’”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – HEXXUS’ BILLY LUTTRELL Shares 15 Favorites

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

Birmingham, Alabama’s Hexxus is… well, to me – bliss.  Grimy, dark, sludge covered, raging bliss.  Hexxus is brutal, unrelenting, and yes, even a bit though-provoking.  They’re not just loud for loud’s sake, but they are goddamned loud.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Premieres New Song ‘Trampled Down Below’; New Album Release Nears As Tour w/ COC, EyeHateGod + Red Fang Launches


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

The Berserker and his Doom Crew, Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society, will release their tenth full length album, Grimmest Hits, on January 19th via Entertainment One (eOne). The new single “Trampled Down Below” is available for streaming below, along with the previously issued “All That Once Shined” and “Room Of Nightmares“. Continue reading “BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Premieres New Song ‘Trampled Down Below’; New Album Release Nears As Tour w/ COC, EyeHateGod + Red Fang Launches”

FOGHOUND Shares Slideshow Visualizer For Reverend Jim Forrester ‘Keep On Shoveling’ Benefit Single


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

As the ongoing process of dealing with the untimely passing of Foghound‘s Reverend Jim Forrester (Serpents Of Secrecy, Angels Of Meth, ex-Sixty Watt Shaman) continues, several options for charitable donations are being made available. Continue reading “FOGHOUND Shares Slideshow Visualizer For Reverend Jim Forrester ‘Keep On Shoveling’ Benefit Single”

SKINLAB Share 2 New 2018 Songs: ‘Dead Tomorrow’ & ‘End Of Silence’; Streaming


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

Reactivated San Francisco groove metallers Skinlab have officially released two now songs, “Dead Tomorrow” and “End Of Silence“. Both of these powerful new pummelings were produced by 36 Crazyfists guitarist Steve Hold and are streaming below. Continue reading “SKINLAB Share 2 New 2018 Songs: ‘Dead Tomorrow’ & ‘End Of Silence’; Streaming”

Oldschool Sunday: REST IN PIECES


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

NYHC (New York Hard-Core) music is its very own stand-alone entity, a genre unto itself that originally was a location-based designation. It still is of course but the tag of NYHC itself is used in describing certain bands now, ones coming from nowhere near The Big Apple in many cases. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: REST IN PIECES”

PESTILENCE Shares New Non-Album Track Via Decibel Flexi-Disc Series; ‘Hadeon’ Due This March


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

Reactivated and brutally rejuvenated Dutch progressive death metallers Pestilence will release their studio return, “Hadeon“, via Hammerheart Records on March 9th. Expectations are running high since the announcement of the classic band’s return and the recent sharing of the new song, “Multi Dimensional” (streaming below). Continue reading “PESTILENCE Shares New Non-Album Track Via Decibel Flexi-Disc Series; ‘Hadeon’ Due This March”

A VERY LOUD DEATH ‘Lanterns’ Review & Stream; Live Dates


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

With a name like A Very Loud Death, Atlanta’s A Very Loud Death might give the impression that they are a death metal band, right? A very loud one at that too but to be honest, nothing could be further from the truth. Well, allow me to rephrase that by saying that they may be loud but they damn sure are not death metal. Continue reading “A VERY LOUD DEATH ‘Lanterns’ Review & Stream; Live Dates”