PLEDGE ‘Resilience’ EP Review & Official Video; To Play Distortion Fest 3

Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

From Portugal with sludge, and vibes of metal, post-hardcore, and unbridled punk intensity, comes PLEDGE and their recently issued ‘Resilience‘ EP. Continue reading “PLEDGE ‘Resilience’ EP Review & Official Video; To Play Distortion Fest 3”

APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE To Hit EU For Nov. Tour & Fests w/ 2 Warm Up Gigs In KY.

Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

The Indianapolis-based quartet of absolute doom, APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE, are headed to Europe for a tour next month. Continue reading “APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE To Hit EU For Nov. Tour & Fests w/ 2 Warm Up Gigs In KY.”

SOUND OF ORIGIN Share Band Update & Upcoming Events [Chris ‘Foz’ Foster Comments]

Article by: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

It has been almost a year and a half since the Huddersfield, UK’s SOUND OF ORIGIN stormed on to the underground music scene with their ‘Seeds Of The Past‘ début. Continue reading “SOUND OF ORIGIN Share Band Update & Upcoming Events [Chris ‘Foz’ Foster Comments]”

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

Article by: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

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”

MEGADETH Announce Inaugural ‘MegaCruise’ w/ Guests: ANTHRAX, ARMORED SAINT, TESTAMENT, C.O.C., METAL CHURCH, DORO & More [Video]


Article by: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

MEGADETH have revealed the initial line up of bands that are scheduled to set sail on the inaugural “MegaCruise 2019“.  Continue reading “MEGADETH Announce Inaugural ‘MegaCruise’ w/ Guests: ANTHRAX, ARMORED SAINT, TESTAMENT, C.O.C., METAL CHURCH, DORO & More [Video]”

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

Article by: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

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”

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

Article by: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

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”

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

Article by: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

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]”

BLOOD OF THE SUN Return Via New Album ‘Blood’s Thicker Than Love’; Track Stream + EU Tour Dates

Article by: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited by: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

It has been six long years since music fanatics were blessed with a full-length studio album release from Texas’ BLOOD OF THE SUNContinue reading “BLOOD OF THE SUN Return Via New Album ‘Blood’s Thicker Than Love’; Track Stream + EU Tour Dates”

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]”

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”

UADA Announce N. American ‘The Blood Sand Ash Tour’ w/ PANZERFAUST, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT & BANE

(Photo Courtesy Of Cody Ålund)

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

Portland, Oregon’s atmospheric black metallers UADA announce the looming launch of a North American live trek, one dubbed “The Blood Sand Ash Tour“. Continue reading “UADA Announce N. American ‘The Blood Sand Ash Tour’ w/ PANZERFAUST, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT & BANE”