WEDGE Premiere ‘Lucid’ Official Video From Sophomore Album ‘Killing Tongue’


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

Berlin’s retrograde heavy rockers Wedge have premiered their first visualizer clip from their upcoming second album release, “Killing Tongue“. “Lucid” is streaming below and the album from which it hails will drop from Heavy Psych Sounds on February 9th. Continue reading “WEDGE Premiere ‘Lucid’ Official Video From Sophomore Album ‘Killing Tongue’”

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]”

FOUR ON THE FLOOR #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas

Jon Barrysmith of Year Of The Cobra @ Psycho Las Vegas 2017 (Photo by Leanne)

(By Brendan Burns of Wasted Theory, Guest Columnist, RiffRelevant.com)

For as long as I can remember, it’s always been about the guitar player or the lead singer.  That lethal concoction of singers and axe-swingers like Page and Plant. Mick and Keith, Tyler and Perry, Daltry and Townsend, the list goes on and on…   Continue reading “FOUR ON THE FLOOR #4: JON BARRYSMITH of YEAR OF THE COBRA – Brendan Burns’ Drummer Spotlight; Live Photos From Psycho Las Vegas”

BORRACHO Streaming Just-Released Compilation Album ‘Riffography’


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

D.C.’s riff-emitting heavyweights Borracho just kicked out their new compilation collection “Riffography” via Ripple Music yesterday, Dec. 8th. The songs and content itself covers the span of the last decade, providing material from back as far as 2008 with Borracho‘s first single, “Rectify“. Continue reading “BORRACHO Streaming Just-Released Compilation Album ‘Riffography’”

DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review


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

The story, and ultimately the life, of the legendary deity-like musician that is “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is one known by all fans of heavy music.  It is well known, deservedly so, because of the revolutionary skills he brought to heavy metal.   Continue reading “DIMEBAG DARRELL ‘Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over’ Demo Review”

MANGOO Shares Pre-Release Stream Of ‘The Heat’; Official Videos


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

Finnish multi-genre mixing rock act MANGOO (pronounced “man go”) are set to unleash their new studio album, “The Heat“, via Small Stone Records tomorrow, Dec. 8th.   Continue reading “MANGOO Shares Pre-Release Stream Of ‘The Heat’; Official Videos”

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”

FALLEN SUNS ‘Sol Aeternum’ EP Review & Stream


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

As the Los Angeles-based heavy rock band Fallen Suns close in on their second anniversary of activity, they celebrate a bit early with their stunning sophomore EP.   Continue reading “FALLEN SUNS ‘Sol Aeternum’ EP Review & Stream”

KILL THE IDEAL Delivers ‘Crazy’ Official Video


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

Rapidly rising UK heavy contemporary rock trio Kill The Ideal have gone “Crazy” with a brand new official video of the same name.   Continue reading “KILL THE IDEAL Delivers ‘Crazy’ Official Video”

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Announce First US Tour With New Singer Jeff Gutt


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

STP (Stone Temple Pilots) are prepared to capitalize on their revitalized return with new vocalist Jeff Gutt (pronounced ‘goote’) by undertaking an early 2018 U.S. tour.  Tickets go on-sale this Friday, December 8th at 10 AM local time.  Continue reading “STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Announce First US Tour With New Singer Jeff Gutt”

FU MANCHU To Release ‘Clone Of The Universe” In February; Announce World Tour

(Pic Courtesy Of John Gilhooley)

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

SoCal stoner rock pioneers Fu Manchu have announced the planned release of their twelfth studio album, “Clone Of The Universe“. Their first new record in four years, since 2014’s Gigantoid, will drop on February 9th via the band’s own label, At The Dojo Records. Continue reading “FU MANCHU To Release ‘Clone Of The Universe” In February; Announce World Tour”

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”

Hear The Final LEMMY KILMISTER Solo Studio Recording


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

The last recorded solo track from the now-passed, iconic bassist / vocalist Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Hawkwind fame, has been released.   Continue reading “Hear The Final LEMMY KILMISTER Solo Studio Recording”

ASCENDING DAWN Share Full Stream Of ‘Coalesce’ Debut


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

After some astounding press and recognition for their recent shared Lyric Videos, the incredible Ascending Dawn are making news yet again. Their mind-blowing début album, “Coalesce“, which I myself was so impressed by that I reviewed it in a detailed dissecting that can be found here, is now available for streaming.  Continue reading “ASCENDING DAWN Share Full Stream Of ‘Coalesce’ Debut”

SONS OF APOLLO (Portnoy, Sherinian, Thal, Sheehan, Soto) Announce First US Live Dates Supporting Recent Debut Album


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

Sons Of Apollo – the new “supergroup” project with former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, RonBumblefootThal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) – will be hitting the road in 2018 for their first-ever worldwide tour, which kicks off in Tampa, FL on February 3rd as part of the Cruise To The Edge. The cruise will be sailing to Belize and Costa Maya and once the cruise concludes, the band will be performing in Miami, FL on February 9th as part of the Monsters Of Rock Cruise Pre-Show party. Continue reading “SONS OF APOLLO (Portnoy, Sherinian, Thal, Sheehan, Soto) Announce First US Live Dates Supporting Recent Debut Album”

HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream


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

I have always relished the role of a revelator when it comes to discovering a band, one that I believe are exceptional and worthy of attention, and sharing said band with other people. Today, I get to engage that enjoyment once again with news about the Andenes, Norway-based Hellflower. The band just released their four song EP début, “Orange“, on November 24th via Rob Mules Records. Continue reading “HELLFLOWER ‘Orange’ EP Debut Review & Stream”

Gorilla Pulp ‘Heavy Lips!’ Album Review & Stream

(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Italy’s Gorilla Pulp is one of those bands that I managed to grasp onto from the near-beginning of their journey, as it was happening.  No catching up, no delayed reaction.  Now, having kept pace, here we go with the third chapter in their ongoing saga, with a few stops prior to our destination.    Continue reading “Gorilla Pulp ‘Heavy Lips!’ Album Review & Stream”

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”

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”

Riff Relevant Lists – 15 UNDERGROUND CUTS FROM THE 80’s

(By Shaun Katz, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Despite what the history books tell us, the 80’s wasn’t all about MTV and men in pink slacks.  Under the smiley faced conservatism, something odd and esoteric was brewing.   Continue reading “Riff Relevant Lists – 15 UNDERGROUND CUTS FROM THE 80’s”