Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]


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

Merry (early) Christmas, Metalheads! Damn, do I have a gift for you too, as I usually do with most any or all Riot’s Revelation segments. How does an Asher Media Relations-provided Sampler sound, one that contains over 50 tracks and a running time of four hours? Sounds pretty good, eh? Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]”

The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

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

I still recall the very first time that I heard guitarist / musician Daren “KLANK” Diolosa, although I’m not sure he’d been tagged with the nickname at the time. In fact, I really did not know it was him per se, all I did know was that I saw a music video that absolutely floored me. The video, the song, the music itself and the guys present in the visualizer were like nothing I had ever heard…or seen. Continue reading “The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA”

FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary


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

In celebration of their impending twentieth anniversary, Ohio’s extremist noise veterans FISTULA are preparing to unleash the first wave of a planned series of Splits. Slated to drop on December 15th via PATAC Records, the first splits find FISTULA facing off with sludge stalwarts Come To Grief and -(16)-. Continue reading “FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary”

PROFESSOR EMERITUS ‘Take Me To The Gallows’ Review & Stream

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

The heavy metal scene, underground, community, or whatever term you prefer, continually astounds me.  Continue reading “PROFESSOR EMERITUS ‘Take Me To The Gallows’ Review & Stream”

THE SKULL Announces 2018 Tour Playing S/T ‘Trouble’ Album In Full

THE SKULL

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

The true doom-imbued ‘supergroup’ The Skull have just revealed a 2018 touring trek that will see them present a real must-see event at each stop.   Continue reading “THE SKULL Announces 2018 Tour Playing S/T ‘Trouble’ Album In Full”

ELECTRIC AGE To Release ‘Live At The House Of Blues: NOLA’; EP Streaming


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

Southern Louisiana’s vehement viceroys of high voltage heavy rock and doom, Electric Age, are on the verge of returning with a special live recording soon. The trio will imminently issue the 4-song, twenty-five minute running time, live offering “Live At The House Of Blues: NOLA” EP on December 15th. Continue reading “ELECTRIC AGE To Release ‘Live At The House Of Blues: NOLA’; EP Streaming”

WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates

WINDHAND

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

RVA-based (Richmond, VA) psychedelic doom band Windhand have just released their official video for “Old Evil“. The song hails from the band’s upcoming split release with Satan’s Satyrs, due for release on CD, LP and digital formats on February 16th from Relapse Records. Continue reading “WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates”

DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming


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

Atmospherically haunting, abstract sludge industrialists Dirge are positioned to release their new studio construct “Alma | Baltica” this month.   Continue reading “DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership

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

2017 has been a remarkable year for festival lineups (at least for me), event organizers in 2018 have their work cut out for them.  The Maryland Doom Fest has already revealed it’s initial (& full!) 2018 lineup, and Riff Relevant is a very proud sponsor for next year’s event!  Let’s find out more, shall we? Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership”

Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]

BLOODBATH (Then)

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

In today’s music journalism realm, the term “supergroup” is as commonly brandied about as any other type of label or tag. It has not always been so either as there was a time when a supergroup was a rarity, something special and outside of the norm. The qualifications to meet this supergroup designation were simple too, be a band comprised of well-known, established musicians…and that was pretty much it. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: BLOODBATH [Upcoming Split With AUTOPSY + 2018 N. American Tour]”

KING WITCH Reveal Anxiously Awaited Full-Length Debut ‘Under The Mountain’ Info


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

After astounding the music underground with their critically acclaimed 2015 Shoulders Of Giants EP (here), Scotland-based metal/doom rockers KING WITCH will release their debut full-length, Under The Mountain, via Listenable Records in early 2018. Continue reading “KING WITCH Reveal Anxiously Awaited Full-Length Debut ‘Under The Mountain’ Info”

BORIS RANDALL ‘The Black Months Rise’ EP Review & Stream


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

Multi-genre melding musician Boris Randall recently returned with a new 4-song EP, “The Black Months Rise“. It isn’t only genres that Boris is melding here either as this talented, long-embedded punk rocker played all the instruments on this latest offering. He also handled vocal duties with backing assistance from Pixie Randall on the EP’s title track. Continue reading “BORIS RANDALL ‘The Black Months Rise’ EP Review & Stream”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Premieres ‘Wolf Named Crow’ Official Video


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

From one of the most anticipated album releases of 2018 or hell, the last decade or so for that matter, comes THIS!  Continue reading “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Premieres ‘Wolf Named Crow’ Official Video”

Domgård Streams True Black Album ‘Ödelagt’ Ahead Of Official Release


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

For their third official full-length studio outing within their near 20 year long legacy, Sweden’s Domgård are about to deliver the long-delayed “Ödelagt“. This lengthy, blackest of melodic metallic presences will be released this Friday, December 1st, on Carnal Records (a label partially run by Johan “Shamaatae” Lagher of Arckanum). The album happens to come almost a year after an originally planned release through the apparently now-defunct Daemon Worship Records. Continue reading “Domgård Streams True Black Album ‘Ödelagt’ Ahead Of Official Release”

HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN To Release ‘Rei’ EP; Title Track Streaming + Tour Dates

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

The six man, Leeds, UK-based post metal collective known as Hundred Year Old Man have announced the follow-up to their critically acclaimed breakthrough single, Black Fire. The three song “Rei” EP will drop via Gizeh Records and Wolves & Vibrancy Records on January 26th and promises to ignite the inferno of post apocalyptic metalism.  Continue reading “HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN To Release ‘Rei’ EP; Title Track Streaming + Tour Dates”

AHAB Announces Final ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ Full Performance Shows


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

Teutonic nautically-themed progressive doomsters Ahab have announced three shows to wrap up 2017, which will be the last time the band will perform their 2006 album The Call Of The Wretched Sea in its entirety. Their schedule is as follows: Continue reading “AHAB Announces Final ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ Full Performance Shows”

SHADOW WITCH Reveal 12/15 Release For New LP ‘DISCIPLES OF THE CROW’ via Salt Of The Earth Records; Preorder up NOW

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

Kingston, New York’s Shadow Witch confirms the flight dates for their upcoming album, ‘Disciples Of The Crow‘.  The band’s second full-length is set for official release through Salt Of The Earth Records on December 15thwith pre-order available as of November 27th.    Continue reading “SHADOW WITCH Reveal 12/15 Release For New LP ‘DISCIPLES OF THE CROW’ via Salt Of The Earth Records; Preorder up NOW”

CONAN Announce 2018 N. American Tour With Support From THE DITCH AND THE DELTA

CONAN

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

As the UK’s sludgeoned doom brutalists in Conan continue to work on their next studio effort.  The band has announced a full North American headline tour.   Continue reading “CONAN Announce 2018 N. American Tour With Support From THE DITCH AND THE DELTA”

ATALA Will Issue ‘Labyrinth Of Ashmedai’ In January; Details

(Pic Courtesy Of Jenifer Stratton)

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

One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2017 will instead get a shot at making the Best Of ’18 lists it would seem. Of course we are talking about Twentynine Palms, California’s psychedelic desert dwellers Atala and their anxiously awaited new studio effort, “Labyrinth Of Ashmedai“. It will drop via Salt Of The Earth Records on January 26th Continue reading “ATALA Will Issue ‘Labyrinth Of Ashmedai’ In January; Details”

ELLIOTT’S KEEP – ‘Lacrimae Mundi’ Album Review & Stream

(By Sanitago Gutierrez, Guest Contributor, RiffRelevant.com)

A bit of back story before we begin.  Back in the mid ‘90s, a doom metal band going by the name of Marauder was born in Dallas, Texas.  Unfortunately, vocalist Glenn Elliott passed away in 2004, and thus also signaled the end of Marauder, as well.    Continue reading “ELLIOTT’S KEEP – ‘Lacrimae Mundi’ Album Review & Stream”