MOTHERSHIP ‘High Strangeness’ Album Review & Stream, Live Photos from Saint Vitus Bar 4/19 Show

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

Mothership’s ‘High Strangeness’, released by the one-and-only Ripple Music, is a mighty third effort from the Dallas, Texas trio.  Oscillating between moments of pure fuzzy groove and heavy rock explosions, the album bolsters itself upon an onslaught of thick, rich riffs and layers.   Continue reading “MOTHERSHIP ‘High Strangeness’ Album Review & Stream, Live Photos from Saint Vitus Bar 4/19 Show”

O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event

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

Blackseed Records presents the August release of “The Human Voice Is A Diseasefrom o Heiðrún.  Forged in the Steel City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this release holds all existing o Heiðrún recordings to date, in one haunting compilation.    Continue reading “O HEIÐRÚN ‘The Human Voice Is A Disease’ Album Review & Stream; Live Event”

IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)

Iron Maiden - 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer
Iron Maiden – 7/21/17 Brooklyn Show Flyer

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

Iron Maiden has always been a phenomenal band.  This is not a debate, they simply are.  Granted, I have not personally listened to much after the ‘Powerslave release, but this is beside the point.  I was a child when I first heard them, first watched, jaw agape, their original ‘Run To The Hills music video on MTV.  I hadn’t had an opportunity to see them live, until now.   Continue reading “IRON MAIDEN – ‘The Book Of Souls Tour’ Live Photos & Show Review (Barclay Center, Brooklyn NY 7/21/2017)”

GOYA – ‘Harvester of Bongloads’ Album Review & Stream

GOYA Harvester Of Bongloads

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

Opoponax Records release of the Phoenix, Arizona trio Goya‘s ‘Harvester Of Bongloads‘ in March 2017 gives us proof that where there’s smoke, there’s definitely a goddamned fire.    Continue reading “GOYA – ‘Harvester of Bongloads’ Album Review & Stream”

WASTED THEORY – Sign to Argonauta Records; To Play Live Show 9/23 & Desc. of Crom Fest 9/30; Spring Tour Show Photos (Atl. City, NJ)

Wasted Theory
Wasted Theory

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

Argonauta Records is on a rampage lately!  In the wee early hours of this very morning, they announced confirmation of the label’s signing of American Weed Rockers WASTED THEORY, with plans to re-release their much-adored ‘Defenders of the Riff‘ album.  We have some details on that, plus a crop of photos from recent live shows I attended this Spring, and a few other fistfuls of dirt… Continue reading “WASTED THEORY – Sign to Argonauta Records; To Play Live Show 9/23 & Desc. of Crom Fest 9/30; Spring Tour Show Photos (Atl. City, NJ)”

Maryland Doom Fest 2017 – Off Stage & Behind The Scenes Photos from MDDF!

The Maryland Doom Fest

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

Just when our Post-Maryland Doom Fest Depression has finally worn off, I’m going to stir it up again with some antics off-stage in candid photos that I shot during my #4DaysOfDoom in Frederick, MD a couple of weeks ago.

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MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Leanne’s Must-See Bands – Pre-Fest 6/22

MDDF Poster – Illustration: David Paul Seymour with Color/Design: Mark Cruikshank

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

Weekend Pass bought (check), hotel booked (check), job time off approved (check), camera ready (check), road trip mood (check), procrastinating packing (perma-check). I will be attending the Maryland Doom Fest for the first time this year.  Pat Riot stated his musts, now here are mine…  Continue reading “MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2017; Leanne’s Must-See Bands – Pre-Fest 6/22”

HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos

Thunderchief 4/13/2017 @ The Odditorium in Asheville NC (Photo: Leanne)

If you get a random invitation from some folks you’ve never met, to see three heavy as hell bands you’ve never before witnessed live, at a venue you’ve never before been to, in a city you’ve never before seen, to drive 800+ miles in one day across seven states… what do you do?  Continue reading “HORSEFLESH, MIDMOURNER, THUNDERCHIEF – 4/13/2017 Asheville, NC Show Review & Photos”

UPDATE! GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS ‘Bow To Your Masters Vol 1: Thin Lizzy’ Set for Winter Release

Glory Or Death Records

Earlier this month, Glory or Death Records revealed their “Bow To Your Masters” series of tribute compilations, the first of which is for one of the most influential heavy rock bands ever… Thin Lizzy! We have an update on the planned release time and the confirmed list of all bands involved in this glory. Continue reading “UPDATE! GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS ‘Bow To Your Masters Vol 1: Thin Lizzy’ Set for Winter Release”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM FEST 2017 – Blackseed Records Confirms Full Artist Lineup for 9-30 Steel City Event

Descendants Of Crom Festival
Descendants Of Crom Festival

“…Little he cares if men live or die. Better to be silent than to call his attention to you; he will send you dooms…” from ‘Queen of the Black Coast’, Robert E. Howard   Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM FEST 2017 – Blackseed Records Confirms Full Artist Lineup for 9-30 Steel City Event”

GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS Launch; Announce ‘Bow To Your Masters Vol 1: Thin Lizzy’ Release via Kickstarter

Glory Or Death Records
Glory Or Death Records

Glory or Death Records have just today announced their official launch, also revealing the first release from their new “Bow To Your Masters Series” of albums. This first tribute release planned is for one of the most recognized heavy rock bands ever… none other than Thin Lizzy.    Continue reading “GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS Launch; Announce ‘Bow To Your Masters Vol 1: Thin Lizzy’ Release via Kickstarter”

Missiles of October – ‘Better Days’ Review & Stream

Missiles Of October
Missiles Of October

Our first exposure to Missiles of October was the song ‘No Brain No Headache’ from their sophomore album Better Days. This band brings something a bit different to the doom or sludge metal arena, with a breath of fresh punk air tossed out from their box of noise.   Continue reading “Missiles of October – ‘Better Days’ Review & Stream”

I AM THE LIQUOR ‘7 Days Of Smoke’ [Pat Riot & Leanne Ridgeway Dual Review]

It has been a couple of months since RVA’s I Am The Liquor served up their new offering, ‘7 Days Of Smoke‘. The seven song slab of thick riff-driven rock and roll recently landed on my radar and I couldn’t be happier.  I say that because I was a big fan of their 2015 self-titled full length and am stoked there’s now a follow-up.   Continue reading “I AM THE LIQUOR ‘7 Days Of Smoke’ [Pat Riot & Leanne Ridgeway Dual Review]”

RIFF RELEVANT Seeking Contributors (Freelance Writers, Reviewers, etc.)

Riff Relevant is seeking additional contributors!  Do you have a way with words?  Are you a music-addicted witty, metalhead who wants to write about their musical drug of choice?  Are you looking to expand your network of music or writing-related opportunities?  Then here is your shot.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Seeking Contributors (Freelance Writers, Reviewers, etc.)”

WOLVES OF WINTER Stream Official Video for ‘A New Reality’

Wolves Of Winter
Wolves Of Winter

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

Wolves of Winter had a recent live show performance on March 31st, supporting the mighty Truckfighters for their Mesa, AZ tour date.  During this set, which by all accounts went fantastically, they were able gather some live footage to create a brand new video for their track ‘A New Reality‘.   

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CASTLE Announce Summer U.S. Tour West & Bay Area Dates

Castle - Welcome To The Graveyard
Castle – Welcome To The Graveyard
​Newly relocated to the Mojave Desert where writing for a fifth full length release is currently underway, genre bending doom-metallers CASTLE have announced their Stormbringer Tour, a ten-date headline romp through the Western U.S….

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THE SWORD – ‘Greetings From…’ Live Release Info, Official Video & Tour Dates

The Sword
The Sword

The Sword have officially announced the release of their new live album, “Greetings From…“, on Razor & Tie.  Riff Relevant has details on pre-orders, the new official video for ‘Maiden, Mother & Crone’, as well as updated tour info!     Continue reading “THE SWORD – ‘Greetings From…’ Live Release Info, Official Video & Tour Dates”

MIDMOURNER & THUNDERCHIEF announce US Spring Tour Dates

Midmourner / Thunderchief Tour 2017
Midmourner & Thunderchief Tour 2017

News from the sludge metal cauldrons of the South… two brutal bands have brewed an escape route. Midmourner and Thunderchief are pairing up for a fast track U.S. tour onslaught.    Continue reading “MIDMOURNER & THUNDERCHIEF announce US Spring Tour Dates”

MARS RED SKY Confirm EU Tour Dates, New 12″ Ltd EP

Mars Red Sky
Mars Red Sky

France’s heavy psych rock trio MARS RED SKY confirmed their European tour dates yesterday. Several dates are listed through Spring and Summer, including widely anticipated appearances at Hellfest and Download France.

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Lo-Pan ‘In Tensions’ EP Review & Stream, Tour Dates

Lo-Pan In Tensions EP Cover
Lo-Pan In Tensions EP Cover Art

Lo-Pan’s recent EP “In Tensions” (a wonderfully devious title), released on January 13th of this year through Aqualamb Records, takes you on two heavy journeys.    Continue reading “Lo-Pan ‘In Tensions’ EP Review & Stream, Tour Dates”