THIRST PLANET ‘The Essence’ Review & Stream; Album Release Show Announced

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

Metallic stoner / doom from The Holy Land…. kind of intriguing, is it not? Yeah, I thought so too, that’s why I’m here tackling this review today, in fact. Continue reading “THIRST PLANET ‘The Essence’ Review & Stream; Album Release Show Announced”

GAEREA Premiere ‘Catharsis’ Official Video As ‘Unsettling Whispers’ Full Length Due In June; Live Dates

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

Portugese progressive sludge / black metal band GAEREA have just unveiled their official video for the impressive song “Catharsis“. Continue reading “GAEREA Premiere ‘Catharsis’ Official Video As ‘Unsettling Whispers’ Full Length Due In June; Live Dates”

HAUNT Share ‘Burst Into Flame’ Title Track & Release Date


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

The hotly anticipated full-length album from HAUNT, “Burst Into Flame“, will arrive through Shadow Kingdom Records on August 10th. Continue reading “HAUNT Share ‘Burst Into Flame’ Title Track & Release Date”

MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – The Must-See Spotlight: ZED


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

For last year’s Maryland Doom Fest, both Leanne [Ridgeway] and I ran pieces that took a look at some of our own individual “high priority” bands, ones we were especially excited to see at MDDF. Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 – The Must-See Spotlight: ZED”

BLACK BOOK LODGE Share Just-Released ‘Steeple And Spire’ Album Stream


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

Copenhagen’s BLACK BOOK LODGE have just released their “Steeple And Spire” album via Mighty Music on May 18th. Continue reading “BLACK BOOK LODGE Share Just-Released ‘Steeple And Spire’ Album Stream”

Oldschool Sunday: HSAS (Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve)

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

After the release of Journey’s 1983 album Frontiers, the band’s guitarist Neal Schon and fellow guitarist / vocalist Sammy Hagar decided to make good on a longstanding promise to work together. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: HSAS (Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve)”

Riff Relevant Interviews: CRAWL

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

The Southern United States is a notorious breeding ground for sludge metal.  Born out of parental misguidance into a melding of hardcore punk, doom and noise metal in the late 1980s. Their slow, steadily built-up aural crushings found a way into my ears in the early 90s and have since bore filthy caverns into my heart.  Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: CRAWL”

THE SLYDE Come Alive On First Full-Length ‘Awakening’ [Streaming]; Album Release Tour


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

The Canadian melodic rock band formerly known solely as Slyde have returned, now as THE SLYDE, and with their first full-length album, “Awakening“. Continue reading “THE SLYDE Come Alive On First Full-Length ‘Awakening’ [Streaming]; Album Release Tour”

Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – May 2018

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

[Editor’s Intro] Halsey had this idea… now, typically I enjoy the hell out of Halsey’s ideas, because he’s… well, because he’s a lunatic.  This idea was a random, rabid brain purge of whatever Halsey had been listening to recently and decided to slap his opinion on.  I said yes to his idea. Why? I enjoy and encourage creative lunacy and Halsey has some of the most articulate goddamned lunacy I’ve born witness to in recent years. In fact, I suggested his idea be a monthly column. without his having a word written.  I was not disappointed. Here is the first of his ‘Rogue Reviews’ for May 2018. ~ Leanne Continue reading “Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – May 2018”

Riff Relevant Interviews: WOLFTOOTH; Plus S/T Album Review & Stream

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

This weekend brings you a dual-feature on Riff Relevant. This round, we have a album review from David LaMay of the debut full-length release from Indiana’s Wolftooth, and finish things out with a sweet interview with the guys in the band from Pat Whitaker.  If you’ve yet to hear the likes of Wolftooth, now is your prime opportunity to learn everything you may need to know. Sharpen those incisors, perk up those ears, and widen your eyeholes… Enjoy! ~ Leanne

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Exclusive Song Premiere! ‘Vinny Gets Arrested’ From ABOLETH ‘Benthos’ Album [Review]; U.S. Tour Underway


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

I have always thought that if you can remember the exact moment that you first heard a band, and that memory is retained, the band is probably quite significant. Continue reading “Exclusive Song Premiere! ‘Vinny Gets Arrested’ From ABOLETH ‘Benthos’ Album [Review]; U.S. Tour Underway”

AGHASURA Question Science As A Deity On ‘Revelations’ EP [Stream]

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

USDM unit AGHASURA have just released their six-song “Revelations” EP (May 18th) though Transcending Records. Continue reading “AGHASURA Question Science As A Deity On ‘Revelations’ EP [Stream]”

BORNBROKEN Stream Newly-Released ‘The Years of Harsh Truths And Little Lies…’


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

Montreal’s BORNBROKEN just self-released their new album, “The Years Of Harsh Truth And Little Lies…” this past Friday, May 18th. Continue reading “BORNBROKEN Stream Newly-Released ‘The Years of Harsh Truths And Little Lies…’”

FUZZ FORWARD ‘Out Of Nowhere’ Review & Stream


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

I find it quite impressive that Barcelona, Spain’s FUZZ FORWARD only formed in mid-2016 and less than two years later, have just released their debut album. Continue reading “FUZZ FORWARD ‘Out Of Nowhere’ Review & Stream”

Exclusive Song Premiere! THE RED COIL Debut ‘Opium Smokers Room’ Single From Upcoming Argonauta Records Release


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

RIFF RELEVANT presents our exclusive premiere of the new single “Opium Smokers Room” from Italy’s THE RED COIL. Continue reading “Exclusive Song Premiere! THE RED COIL Debut ‘Opium Smokers Room’ Single From Upcoming Argonauta Records Release”