Riff Relevant Interviews: HOWLING GIANT [Video]

HOWLING GIANT

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

My enamored enjoyment of the Nashville-based, genre-warping musical entity HOWLING GIANT began a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…    Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: HOWLING GIANT [Video]”

Riff Relevant Interviews: CRAWL

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

The Southern United States is a notorious breeding ground for sludge metal.  Born out of parental misguidance into a melding of hardcore punk, doom and noise metal in the late 1980s. Their slow, steadily built-up aural crushings found a way into my ears in the early 90s and have since bore filthy caverns into my heart.  Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: CRAWL”

Riff Relevant Interviews: WOLFTOOTH; Plus S/T Album Review & Stream

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

This weekend brings you a dual-feature on Riff Relevant. This round, we have a album review from David LaMay of the debut full-length release from Indiana’s Wolftooth, and finish things out with a sweet interview with the guys in the band from Pat Whitaker.  If you’ve yet to hear the likes of Wolftooth, now is your prime opportunity to learn everything you may need to know. Sharpen those incisors, perk up those ears, and widen your eyeholes… Enjoy! ~ Leanne

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Riff Relevant Retrospect: No Rest For The Riffin’ w/ Patrick Kennison [Guest Contributor: Erik Kluiber]

(By Erik Kluiber, Guest Contributor, RiffRelevant.com)

[Editor’s intro] Every so often, we have a chance to run something off-road that kicks ass.  This here be one of those times.  Erik Kluiber (Void Vator, Ironaut, ex-Gypsyhawk, et al.) approached me about an article he penned.  A tale I found intriguing and a bit surprising, about Patrick Kennison – who one might call a bona fide ‘rock star’.  His career spans many successes, but within that success, Erik shares with us a candid view from Patrick’s home-spun dive stage fun, out from under the glory of arena lights.  Enjoy! ~ Leanne   
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Riff Relevant Interviews: TELEKINETIC YETI; Appearing @ FireBreather Fest (4/14!); Descendants Of Crom

(By Taylor Waring, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

[Editor’s intro] Dubuque, Iowa’s Telekinetic Yeti began their journey in 2015, and in only a couple of years these two gents have steadily and strongly ascended.  Just in time for FireBreather Fest (today!) in Indianapolis, IN, we have a chat with the duo for you before the show.

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Riff Relevant Interviews: Mike IX Williams Of EYEHATEGOD [Video]


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

Everything about the entity from New Orleans known as EYEHATEGOD embodies the utmost in abrasive sonic sludge.  It doesn’t matter where you are on this planet, if you’re in the musical underground, you immediately recognize the name. Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: Mike IX Williams Of EYEHATEGOD [Video]”

Riff Relevant Interviews: THE WELL [Video]; Appearing at STONER DAZE

(By Damon ‘Gravitoyd’ Caraway, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Ian, Lisa, and Jason of The Well.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: THE WELL [Video]; Appearing at STONER DAZE”

Riff Relevant Interviews: Chris Mills of HARM’S WAY; ‘POSTHUMAN’ Album Review & Stream; Tour Dates

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

There seems to be a growing faction of hardcore bands that just don’t care about the rules anymore.  It’s now time to plant HARM’S WAY in the fertile garden of creative heaviness.     Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: Chris Mills of HARM’S WAY; ‘POSTHUMAN’ Album Review & Stream; Tour Dates”

Riff Relevant Interviews: VINCE GREEN of THAL; ‘Reach For The Dragon’s Eye’ Review & Stream


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

Columbus, Ohio’s THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) have just unleashed the sophomore studio recording “Reach For The Dragon’s Eye“, via Argonauta Records this past February 16th.   Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: VINCE GREEN of THAL; ‘Reach For The Dragon’s Eye’ Review & Stream”

Riff Relevant Interviews: BACKWOODS PAYBACK [Video]; To Play MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018

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

West Chester, Pennsylvania’s Backwoods Payback are one of the most unique, stand-alone bands existing in the music underground.  I say that because they walk a genre-taut tightrope between some very diverse points in the sonic stratosphere. Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: BACKWOODS PAYBACK [Video]; To Play MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018”

Riff Relevant Interviews: THE AGE OF TRUTH – ‘Threshold’ Album Review & Stream; Live Photos From Ode To Doom (NYC) 11/2017

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Where do I start with THE AGE OF TRUTH and their début full length, ‘Threshold‘?  What a goddamned beautiful piece of heavy rock.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: THE AGE OF TRUTH – ‘Threshold’ Album Review & Stream; Live Photos From Ode To Doom (NYC) 11/2017”

Riff Relevant Interviews: 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 “Riff Relevant Interviews: DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA”

Riff Relevant Interviews: 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 “Riff Relevant Interviews: Musician / Video Director GREG P. YATES [Director Behind EMBER’s ‘Moonchild’, Etc.]”

Riff Relevant Interviews: EARTHRIDE; Asheville, N.C. [Video]

EARTHRIDE (Pic Courtesy Of Will Bouton & Fugo Films)

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

Finally.  I have been determined to interview reactivated Maryland Doom legends EARTHRIDE for months now.  There were plans laid and attempts made at this year’s Maryland Doom Fest III and Descendants Of Crom Festivals.  Neither panned out due to whatever reasons but yet, the hope remained and determination never waned.   Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: EARTHRIDE; Asheville, N.C. [Video]”

Riff Relevant Interviews: Andrew Knudsen of EMPYREAN THRONE – ‘Chaosborne’ Review & Stream

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

I’m not a picky guy.  I love heavy music in various forms.  A lot of the bands I like die out after a few albums and accompanying summer tours.  You can’t blame them.  They did what they set out to do; kick some ass and have some fun.  Once in a while you get a vastly different beast.  Every now and then, you get a band like EMPYREAN THRONE.   Continue reading “Riff Relevant Interviews: Andrew Knudsen of EMPYREAN THRONE – ‘Chaosborne’ Review & Stream”