RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]

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

Asheville, North Carolina’s Temptations Wings have had an amazing year with 2017 so far. In March, they released their full-length debut, the conceptual masterpiece “Skulthor Ebonblade“. The album’s enthralling tale of mythical warriors, malevolent practitioners of black magic, bloodthirsty warfare and mayhem in general resonated well with critics all around the world. The band’s emanations of their unique style of Appalachian Power Doom has been winning over fans from hearing the album or seeing Temptations Wings live both. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series


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

This promotional announcement is actually the realization of a project I have wanted to do for several years now. It actually pre-dates my joining the launch of Riff Relevant but it is here that it shall come to pass. As the title and image above suggests, Riff Relevant has partnered with Birmingham, Alabama’s Ember for an intriguing journey.  Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series”

OLD IRON Streaming ‘Lupus Metallorum’ In Its Entirety


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

Seattle sludgemongers Old Iron have returned with their sophomore outing, “Lupus Metallorum“, released today (Friday, Aug. 18) via the Good To Die label. If you know anything about Old Iron (aka Jesse Roberts, Jerad Shealey and Trent McIntyre) then you know they create some intensely powerful music. Sure, it is a doom and sludge extravaganza but it contains some nicely enticing melodic nuances as well. Continue reading “OLD IRON Streaming ‘Lupus Metallorum’ In Its Entirety”

KOLOSSOR Inflict The Masses With ‘Scourge’ Official Video


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

It has been one month since I dropped my Review & Stream (read here) of the self-titled EP debut from New Jersey’s Kolossor. If you caught that or are otherwise familiar with this band comprised of former members of Wizard Eye, Meatplow and Seasons Of Arrows already, then you know what a powerhouse this band is. Continue reading “KOLOSSOR Inflict The Masses With ‘Scourge’ Official Video”

OLDE ‘Temple’ Review & Stream


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

From the far north’s greater Toronto area comes the riff-driven return of Olde via their new release, “Temple“.   Continue reading “OLDE ‘Temple’ Review & Stream”

ELDEMUR KRIMM: ‘Dirigo’ Album Review & Stream

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

Eldemur Krimm… I Googled the band hoping to find a potential origin of namesake.  I can’t tell you what it means to them, but I can tell you what it means to me; a whole lot of rocking the fuck out.   Continue reading “ELDEMUR KRIMM: ‘Dirigo’ Album Review & Stream”

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”

IRON MONKEY Return After Nearly 20 Year Absence With ‘9-13’; Song Premiere

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

The iconic UK cult sludge/doom unit Iron Monkey have revealed details of their first new full-length in almost two decades.  The group has reformed for a second wave of sonic savagery via a new album, “9-13“.   Continue reading “IRON MONKEY Return After Nearly 20 Year Absence With ‘9-13’; Song Premiere”

Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM


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

The orchestrally enhanced doom band Paramaecium originally got their start in Melbourne, Australia in the early 1990s.  In less than a year from their formation, the trio of bassist / vocalist Andrew Tompkins, guitarist Colin ‘Mosh’ Maynard and drummer Steve Palmer issued their first recordings.   Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: PARAMAECIUM”

Don’t Call It A Comeback… But CONFESSOR Are Coming Back!

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

The iconic, legendary North Carolina-based metallic doom unit Confessor seem to be on the verge of a long-awaited return.    Continue reading “Don’t Call It A Comeback… But CONFESSOR Are Coming Back!”