Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

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

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – HEXXUS’ BILLY LUTTRELL Shares 15 Favorites

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

Birmingham, Alabama’s Hexxus is… well, to me – bliss.  Grimy, dark, sludge covered, raging bliss.  Hexxus is brutal, unrelenting, and yes, even a bit though-provoking.  They’re not just loud for loud’s sake, but they are goddamned loud.

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An Interview With Musician / Video Director GREG P. YATES [Director Behind EMBER’s ‘Moonchild’, Etc.]


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

I am always fascinated by the myriad aspects that are revealed from music itself. Some people are merely just music fans and hey, that is cool and nothing wrong with it in the least. But for me, that’s just beginning to scratch the surface because there really is a lot more that goes into some creative projects. For instance, the creation of album artwork, or perhaps the behind the scenes work that takes place in the recording studio itself. Continue reading “An Interview With Musician / Video Director GREG P. YATES [Director Behind EMBER’s ‘Moonchild’, Etc.]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Visual Series Episode 5 – The Unboxing Video & Review


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

We have finally arrived at our last segment of the recent ongoing Riff Relevant Presents: Ember ‘271’ Recording In-Studio Visual Series. Ironically, Episode 5 doesn’t take place in Ledbelly Sound Studio where the EP was originally recorded. No, after earlier episodes revealed the recording process, creation of EP cover artwork, etc., we have now arrived at the unboxing of the upcoming Doomsayer Records release…on video, of course. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Visual Series Episode 5 – The Unboxing Video & Review”

EMBER ‘271’ EP Release Details; RIFF RELEVANT Presents Visual Series Grand Finale Info


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

Our friends, and the subjects of our recent Riff Relevant Presents In-Studio Recording Visual Series, Ember, have news concerning their recent recording efforts. Their “271” EP will be released on November 12, 2017 through Doomsayer Records and promises to be the bands’ most focused and uncompromising material yet.  Continue reading “EMBER ‘271’ EP Release Details; RIFF RELEVANT Presents Visual Series Grand Finale Info”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 4 [Video]


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

Well, friends…we are back with the resuming of our series! We took a few days off due to some unforeseen technical issues but, as I said, we’re back and things are progressing right along. Our friends from The Yellowhammer State, Alabama’s Ember, have wrapped the recording at Ledbelly Sound Studio portion of the series. That means starting tonight, we are going to get a fresh, new look at some other things connected to it. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 4 [Video]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 3 [Video]


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

Hello, All!  Welcome back for Episode 3 of our ongoing series with Alabama-based atmospheric doomers, Ember.  They have been ensconced within the walls of Ledbelly Sound Studio in the State of Georgia working on their new EP for Doomsayer Records.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 3 [Video]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 2 [Video]


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

We have arrived at our second insightful glimpse into Ledbelly Sound Studio as our audio heavy heroes from Birmingham, AL. continue to record. Ember, aka guitarist Craig Shadix, drummer Erik Bigelow, vocalist Crystal Bigelow and bassist Jeremy Allen, continue to bring their “271” EP to life. Set for release through Doomsayer Records this fall, we are along for the ride via the all-seeing electric eye as the music manifests. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP Recording In-Studio Visual Series; Episode 2 [Video]”

RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series; Episode 1 [Video]


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

The realization of a long-dreamed of project finally manifests as Riff Relevant rides along with Birmingham, Alabama’s Ember to record their new “271” EP for Doomsayer Records.  Yes, as hyped and hollered about for the last couple of weeks or so, Ember‘s Erik Bigelow, Crystal Bigelow, Craig Shadix and Jeremy Allen have granted us access to their current adventures. Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Presents: EMBER ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series; Episode 1 [Video]”

EMBER Reveal ‘271’ EP Details As RIFF RELEVANT In-Studio Recording Visual Series Nears


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

One week ago today, we announced our upcoming project, the Riff Relevant Presents: Ember ‘271’ EP In-Studio Recording Visual Series.  It is our ambitious partnership with Birmingham’s Ember to join them in Ledbelly Sound Studio, as they record their new EP in early September.   Continue reading “EMBER Reveal ‘271’ EP Details As RIFF RELEVANT In-Studio Recording Visual Series Nears”

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


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

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

EMBER ‘261’ EP Review & Stream


Birmingham, Alabama’s Ember dropped their 3-song ‘261‘ EP back in December of 2016. The band channels a potent blend of hypnotic doom and ethereally-tinged sludge on the offering, with an ample influx of Post-Metal vibes tossed in for good measure. One of the best highlights of the band is the airy, sultry female vocals that permeate nearly every fiber of this effort.   Continue reading “EMBER ‘261’ EP Review & Stream”