FU MANCHU To Release ‘Clone Of The Universe” In February; Announce World Tour

(Pic Courtesy Of John Gilhooley)

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

SoCal stoner rock pioneers Fu Manchu have announced the planned release of their twelfth studio album, “Clone Of The Universe“. Their first new record in four years, since 2014’s Gigantoid, will drop on February 9th via the band’s own label, At The Dojo Records. Continue reading “FU MANCHU To Release ‘Clone Of The Universe” In February; Announce World Tour”

Ripple Music’s ‘Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 7’ Featuring SWITCHBLADE JESUS & FUZZ EVIL Nears

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

Ripple Music‘s ongoing split release series, “The Second Coming Of Heavy” continues as the upcoming Chapter 7 nears release. The pairing of acts placed head to head on each offering changes from release to release.   Continue reading “Ripple Music’s ‘Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 7’ Featuring SWITCHBLADE JESUS & FUZZ EVIL Nears”

ZOM Signs With Argonauta Records For Upcoming ‘Nebulos” Release; Official Video


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

ZOM are the Pittsburgh-based heavy rock band resulting from the masterful minds of Gero von Dehn (Monolith Wielder) and Andrew D’Cagna (Brimstone Coven). The pair eventually recruited Ben Zerbe (Monolith Wielder, Mandrake Project)  into the mix and now the trio is poised to make waves. Continue reading “ZOM Signs With Argonauta Records For Upcoming ‘Nebulos” Release; Official Video”

NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Announcement!


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

Music brings people together.  In the spirit of that unity, Riff Relevant is psyched to be the first to announce the NEW ENGLAND STONER & DOOM FESTIVAL.  Continue reading “NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Announcement!”

GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release

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

Austin, Texas trio Greenbeard has been announced as an Official Music Showcase Performing Artist for South By Southwest 2018.  The band will also embark on a sixteen date “Winter Tour 2017″ beginning next week on November 4th, in support of their recent Lödarödböl release.    Continue reading “GREENBEARD confirmed as SXSW 2018 Showcase Performer; Dates for WINTER TOUR ’17 supporting LÖDARÖDBÖL release”

ELECTRIC BEARD OF DOOM invited RIFF RELEVANT’s Leanne Ridgeway for a visit!

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

Last week, I was invited to join the illustrious Electric Beard Of Doom to participate as a guest for Episode 93 of his damned amazing radio podcast.  MAN, was that a fun time it was!   Continue reading “ELECTRIC BEARD OF DOOM invited RIFF RELEVANT’s Leanne Ridgeway for a visit!”

STONERROR Premieres ‘The Ride’ Official Video


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

Poland’s most legitimate stoner / desert rock powerhouse Stonerror have just premiered a new official video. “The Ride” is one of several stand out selections from the band’s mind-blowing S/T release from a few month’s back. You can see from my recent review (here) that it is one of my personal favorites from the record. Continue reading “STONERROR Premieres ‘The Ride’ Official Video”

Oldschool Sunday: CHÉ


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

Let me start by saying that Brant Bjork is one of my favorite musicians ever. The man, or in his case The Man, can do it all and pretty much is the living embodiment of all that is Stoner Rock. That said, Brant has been either the catalyst for, or participant in, many an amazing rock band and in today’s case, he is both for the short-lived Ché. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: CHÉ”

MEZZOA ‘Astral Travel’ Review; ‘Song Of The Sun’ Official Video


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

San Diego-based quartet Mezzoa released one of the most powerful, fluid stoner rock albums this year with the amazing “Astral Travel“. There, I said it and in doing so, got right to the point concerning this phenomenal 9-song outing. It is the product of much hard work, years of such in fact, from the foursome within Mezzoa: vocalist / rhythm guitarist Nacho Maldonado, lead guitarist / bkg. vocals  John Cruz, drummer Roy Belarmino and bassist Q. Pena.
Continue reading “MEZZOA ‘Astral Travel’ Review; ‘Song Of The Sun’ Official Video”

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream


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

Eight torturous, long years after the release of their full-length album ‘Using The Useless’, the Indio, CA. hard rock trio House Of Broken Promises return with new music.   Continue reading “HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream”

THE VALLEY ‘Obelisk’ EP Review & Stream

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

The Valley are a trio from Cape Town, South Africa and after a couple of earlier Single releases, have arrived with “Obelisk“.   Continue reading “THE VALLEY ‘Obelisk’ EP Review & Stream”

TUNA DE TIERRA S/T Release Streaming In Full

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

This Friday, September 22nd will see the release of the highly anticipated self-titled album from Italy’s Tuna De Tierra. Dropping through Argonauta Records, this collection of psyche-infused Desert Rock songs hearkens to the greats like Kyuss or Colour Haze.

Continue reading “TUNA DE TIERRA S/T Release Streaming In Full”

WOLVES OF WINTER – Vinyl Release on No Slip Records; New Shows; New Songs in the Works

Wolves Of Winter

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

Phoenix, Arizona’s heavy desert rock outfit Wolves of Winter came soaring out of the ashes in 2012.  Comprised of Josh McGee (vocals and guitar), Mike Horn (drums), and David Weaver (bass), they are a whirling sand dune of fuzzy, down and dirty, heavy grit, grunge rock.  Guess what?  We have news! Continue reading “WOLVES OF WINTER – Vinyl Release on No Slip Records; New Shows; New Songs in the Works”

HOWLING GIANT ‘Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 2’ Review & Stream


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

Straight from the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee comes the very embodiment of the antithesis of that musical genre.  It is manifested both in the form of the band Howling Giant and their recent EP release, “Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 2“.   Continue reading “HOWLING GIANT ‘Black Hole Space Wizard: Part 2’ Review & Stream”

BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]

(All Pics Courtesy Of Leanne Ridgeway)

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

Arizona’s Burn Thee Insects are one of those bands that come along and ultimately blow your mind once experienced.   Continue reading “BURN THEE INSECTS Interview At The Maryland Doom Fest 2017 [Video]”

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES To Issue ‘Twisted’ EP Next Month; EU. Touring Trek With BLACK BONE Set


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

One of the truest desert rock acts going, Indio, California’s House Of Broken Promises, will release a new EP next month. “Twisted” will arrive on October 6th and will consist of 2 unreleased songs, 2 covers (one Black Sabbath and one Billy Squier), plus a bunch of outtakes and live songs for a running time of about 30 minutes of music. It’s coming ‘atcha from Heavy Psych Sounds and pre-orders launched today (September 1st) here. Continue reading “HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES To Issue ‘Twisted’ EP Next Month; EU. Touring Trek With BLACK BONE Set”

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL – Confirmed Bands & Set Times – August 17-20th

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

Nothing like waiting until the last-minute to write this one up… I’m leaving for the airport to depart for Las Vegas in a mere 34 hours.  I still have to pack for my four days of PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2017!  Let’s find out more details on this festival of riff in Sin City, shall we?   Continue reading “PSYCHO LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL – Confirmed Bands & Set Times – August 17-20th”

STONERROR S/T Release Review, Stream & Official Video

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

Straight out of the school of music that traces its origins back to the desert rock frontiersmen Kyuss comes Kraków, Poland’s Stonerror.    Continue reading “STONERROR S/T Release Review, Stream & Official Video”

SPIRIT ADRIFT To Release ‘Curse Of Conception’ In October; Title Track Streaming

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

Arizona’s psychedelic desert doom unit Spirit Adrift, which features members of such acts as Gatecreeper and Goya, will release a new full-length album this October.  Continue reading “SPIRIT ADRIFT To Release ‘Curse Of Conception’ In October; Title Track Streaming”

SLEEP To Perform Full ‘Holy Mountain’ Album At DESERT DAZE Fest

 

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

Stoner Doom sludge mongers Sleep have announced that they plan to play their seminal 1992 milestone album “Holy Mountain” in full at the upcoming Desert Daze Festival.  The album is hailed by many as the go-to template for what we know as the “stoner doom’ genre today. Continue reading “SLEEP To Perform Full ‘Holy Mountain’ Album At DESERT DAZE Fest”