STEEL & STONE Fest 3 Reveals 2018 Line-Up: TEMPTATIONS WINGS, COFFIN TORTURE, COVENATOR, GREEN FIEND, BROAD RIVER NIGHTMARE & BUSTED CHOPS


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

It’s official! The third annual edition of the STEEL & STONE Fest has been announced and its roster of acts revealed. Continue reading “STEEL & STONE Fest 3 Reveals 2018 Line-Up: TEMPTATIONS WINGS, COFFIN TORTURE, COVENATOR, GREEN FIEND, BROAD RIVER NIGHTMARE & BUSTED CHOPS”

YEAR OF THE COBRA Announce N. American Tour; To Play Inaugural Prophecy Fest USA


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

Seattle’s duo of thunderous stoner doom emissions, YEAR OF THE COBRA, announce the looming launch of a North American touring trek. Continue reading “YEAR OF THE COBRA Announce N. American Tour; To Play Inaugural Prophecy Fest USA”

ATALA Announce Western U.S. ‘Destroy Yourself’ Tour 2018


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

California’s desert/psyche doom unit ATALA announce their upcoming “Destroy YourselfTour of the Western U.S.  Continue reading “ATALA Announce Western U.S. ‘Destroy Yourself’ Tour 2018”

MINSK / ZATOKREV ‘Bigod’ Split Review & Stream; EU Tour Nears

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

When it comes to atmospheric doom metal, Illinois’ MINSK are unquestionably one of the genre’s more profound entities. Continue reading “MINSK / ZATOKREV ‘Bigod’ Split Review & Stream; EU Tour Nears”

VESSEL OF LIGHT ‘Woodshed’ Album Review & Stream


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

Nearly two years ago, when rumors first began to surface about a collaboration between legendary metal guitarist Dan Lorenzo (Hades, Non-Fiction, The Cursed) and Ancient VVisdom vocalist Nathan “Opposition” Jochum, no one knew what to expect. Continue reading “VESSEL OF LIGHT ‘Woodshed’ Album Review & Stream”

THE HAZYTONES New Album ‘II: Monarchs Of Oblivion’ Streaming; EU Tour Underway

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

Canadian retro doom revivalists THE HAZYTONES released their new album ‘The Hazytones II: Monarchs Of Oblivion‘ on October 5th, via Ripple Music. Continue reading “THE HAZYTONES New Album ‘II: Monarchs Of Oblivion’ Streaming; EU Tour Underway”

Heavy Mountain Music & Beer Fest: Day 2 – HIGH ON FIRE, OBITUARY, BLACK TUSK, INTER ARMA, YOUNG WIDOWS & EXMORTUS [Photos]

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

The recent Labor Day Weekend here in the U.S. – specifically Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 – would see the inaugural Heavy Mountain Music & Beer Fest get underway in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Continue reading “Heavy Mountain Music & Beer Fest: Day 2 – HIGH ON FIRE, OBITUARY, BLACK TUSK, INTER ARMA, YOUNG WIDOWS & EXMORTUS [Photos]”

UN Share ‘Sentiment’ As New Release Arrives [Stream]; U.S. Autumn Tour w/ ORYX & WITHERED Set

(Photo Courtesy Of PaleWithDecay)

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

When it comes to truly harrowing, hauntingly bleak, utterly obliterating doom metal, nothing beats that arising from the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Continue reading “UN Share ‘Sentiment’ As New Release Arrives [Stream]; U.S. Autumn Tour w/ ORYX & WITHERED Set”

HOREHOUND to release ‘HOLOCENE’ Nov. 30th via DOOM STEW RECORDS; Set for DESCENDANTS OF CROM

Photo: Shannon Kenyon

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

Pittsburgh’s Doom/Sludge underground foursome HOREHOUND continues their ascension skyward with news of a new partnership with San Francisco’s Doom Stew Records for the release of their second full-length album, ‘HOLOCENE‘.    Continue reading “HOREHOUND to release ‘HOLOCENE’ Nov. 30th via DOOM STEW RECORDS; Set for DESCENDANTS OF CROM”

Heavy Mountain Music & Beer Festival: Day 1 – BASK, TOKE, TEMPTATION’S WINGS & GREEN FIEND [Live Videos]


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

The most recent Labor Day Weekend here in the U.S. – specifically Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 – would see the inaugural Heavy Mountain Music & Beer Festival get underway in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Continue reading “Heavy Mountain Music & Beer Festival: Day 1 – BASK, TOKE, TEMPTATION’S WINGS & GREEN FIEND [Live Videos]”

DRUGLORD ‘New Day Dying’ Album Review & Stream


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

Eight years into the ongoing, under-construction building of their underground musical legacy, RVA (Richmond, VA.) act of abrasion, DRUGLORD, return with an all new album release. Continue reading “DRUGLORD ‘New Day Dying’ Album Review & Stream”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018: Pat Riot’s Must See Bands [The First Time 5]

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

With the ever-nearing events of the 2018 edition of the Riff Relevant-sponsored DESCENDANTS OF CROM less than a week away… what better time to roll out some of the acts I’m most excited to see live?! Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018: Pat Riot’s Must See Bands [The First Time 5]”

DOOMSTRESS Announces ‘Autumn Skies Tour’; To Play DESCENDANTS OF CROM


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

The Texas-based tempest of traditional doom heaviness, DOOMSTRESS, announce their approaching “Autumn Skies Tour 2018“. The trek will launch in little under a week and sees the band playing their first live shows in the Northeast U.S. region.   Continue reading “DOOMSTRESS Announces ‘Autumn Skies Tour’; To Play DESCENDANTS OF CROM”

NIBIRU First-Ever U.K. Headline Tour Set For October; Live Performance Video


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

The Italian, ritualistic, psych-sludge entity NIBIRU announce their very first headline tour of the United Kingdom.  Continue reading “NIBIRU First-Ever U.K. Headline Tour Set For October; Live Performance Video”

FLOOD PEAK ‘Plagued By Sufferers’ Album Review & Stream


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

By this time, it is an obvious observation that the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. has birthed a genre of metal that’s pretty much exclusive to the region. Continue reading “FLOOD PEAK ‘Plagued By Sufferers’ Album Review & Stream”