GOZU Interview w/Mark Gaffney & Doug Sherman; ‘Equilibrium’ Album Out 4/13 via BLACKLIGHT MEDIA/METAL BLADE + NEW VIDEO PREMIERE

Cover Artwork: Chris Smith, Grey Aria Design Studio

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

I’ve been waiting a long time for this… GOZU has a new album ‘Equilibrium’, out via Metal Blade/Blacklight Media Records on April 13th.  Today, we have a interview with Marc Gaffney and Doug Sherman, who chatted about the new record, plus pre-order info, and are premiering a new video and audio stream!
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Label Limelight: TOTEM CAT RECORDS Interviewed By Recently Signed GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST; Tour Dates

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

For the second installment of my ‘Label Limelight‘ column, I’m already switching the format (might happen each time, who knows)!  We have an interesting way to highlight the label, this time in an interview with Totem Cat Records owner Ewenn Padovan, by one of his newly signed acts – Great Electric Quest!    Continue reading “Label Limelight: TOTEM CAT RECORDS Interviewed By Recently Signed GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST; Tour Dates”

ORYX Streaming New Album ‘Stolen Absolution’ In Full; Joins TRICOMA & BLIGHTER Supporting EHG Show


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

The supposed “meager duo” that is ORYX, guitarist / vocalist Tommy Davis and drummer Abbey Apple, are back with the next step in their aural evolution.    Continue reading “ORYX Streaming New Album ‘Stolen Absolution’ In Full; Joins TRICOMA & BLIGHTER Supporting EHG Show”

PAINTED DOLL (Dave Hill, Chris Reifert) Streaming S/T TEE PEE RECORDS Debut; Live Dates


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

As most people know by now, one of the most unexpected pairings in music, that of comedian Dave Hill and extreme metaller Chris Reifert (Autopsy) as Painted Doll, is well underway! Continue reading “PAINTED DOLL (Dave Hill, Chris Reifert) Streaming S/T TEE PEE RECORDS Debut; Live Dates”

BLACKTOP MOJO Release Acoustic Live Video For ‘Underneath’; To Play ROCK FEST 2018

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

Capitalizing on the breakthrough success of their 2017 sophomore album “Burn The Ships” (Cuhmon Records), Blacktop Mojo have released an acoustic performance of one  of its songs.  Continue reading “BLACKTOP MOJO Release Acoustic Live Video For ‘Underneath’; To Play ROCK FEST 2018”

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: THE NECROMANCERS – ‘Salem Girl Pt. 1’ New Video; EU Tour Dates

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

The Necromancers have been diligently writing their follow up to their August 2017 release ‘Servants Of The Salem Girl‘ on Ripple Music.  Today we bring you an exclusive première of the new Official Video for their ‘Salem Girl Pt. 1′ track, plus a run of EU Tour and Festival dates coming this Spring.     Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: THE NECROMANCERS – ‘Salem Girl Pt. 1’ New Video; EU Tour Dates”

FU MANCHU Share Epic New Song ‘IL Mostro Atomico’ Featuring RUSH’s Alex Lifeson

(Pic Courtesy Of John Gilhooley)

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

SoCal stoner rock legends Fu Manchu  release their 12th studio album, “Clone Of The Universe“, today, Friday, February 9th, via their own label At The Dojo Records (New Damage Records in Canada). Continue reading “FU MANCHU Share Epic New Song ‘IL Mostro Atomico’ Featuring RUSH’s Alex Lifeson”

Vocalist Dan Nelson (BlackGates, Ex-Anthrax) Launches WOLFPACK BLACK; Teaser Video + Live Dates

(Photo Courtesy Of Nicole Harissiadis)

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

Singer Dan Nelson (DevilSize, BlackGates), who briefly fronted Anthrax from 2007 to 2009, has started up “a New York heavy metal band”.   Continue reading “Vocalist Dan Nelson (BlackGates, Ex-Anthrax) Launches WOLFPACK BLACK; Teaser Video + Live Dates”

Classic Era DOKKEN To Release ‘Return To The East Live (2016)’ CD/DVD In April

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

The ever popular classic lineup of hard rockin’ Dokken  – Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass) and “WildMick Brown (drums) – will release a new CD/DVD and Blu-ray, entitled “Return To The East Live (2016)“, on April 20th. Continue reading “Classic Era DOKKEN To Release ‘Return To The East Live (2016)’ CD/DVD In April”

EXCLUSIVE: MOS GENERATOR – ‘Wicked Willow’ Video Premiere; ‘Road Rats Tour’ Dates To Support FU MANCHU + Headline & Fests

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

A couple of weeks back, we shared news of Fu Manchu’s new release and tour, with Mos Generator on board as direct support.  Today we bring you the full list of MosGen tour dates, plus a premiere of a new Official Video for the track ‘Wicked Willow‘, off their Abyssinia album.    Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: MOS GENERATOR – ‘Wicked Willow’ Video Premiere; ‘Road Rats Tour’ Dates To Support FU MANCHU + Headline & Fests”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Oliver Brewing Company

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

The Maryland Doom Fest 2018 event tickets went on sale in December.  Riff Relevant has announced the full festival lineup, revealed the beautiful fest poster (artwork by Christina Christie), and told of the four primary festival sponsors (Riff Relevant included).  Now we’re inviting you to learn a bit more about these sponsors, starting with the Oliver Brewing Co.. Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL 2018 – Sponsors Feature: Oliver Brewing Company”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video

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

All of my life, I’ve been on a spirit quest.  I’ve fled intense heat in the rivers of the Grand Canyon and felt the sting from arctic wind on my face, atop the mountains of Norway.  Relentlessly, I have sought to find an answer to the riddle of steel.    Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM – VALKYRIE Show Review [2017], Photos, Album Stream, Video”

PRIMUS & MASTODON Unite For Extensive U.S. Tour; Support From JJUUJJUU & ALL THEM WITCHES On Select Dates

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

In what is surely to be an alluring tour announcement for many, Primus and Mastodon have announced an extensive spring / summer tour across the United States. Continue reading “PRIMUS & MASTODON Unite For Extensive U.S. Tour; Support From JJUUJJUU & ALL THEM WITCHES On Select Dates”

WEEDEATER Announce ‘God Luck And Good Speed’ Anniversary Tour W/ HYBORIAN & BASK


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

North Carolina’s dirty South sludge merchants WEEDEATER have announced they will hit the road in March for a celebratory tour run.    Continue reading “WEEDEATER Announce ‘God Luck And Good Speed’ Anniversary Tour W/ HYBORIAN & BASK”

OCTOPUS Sign With Rise Above Records For ‘Supernatural Alliance’ Debut This March


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

Detroit, Michigan is not typically known for its retro-fueled, occult / psyche rock and roll but perhaps that is on the verge of change. Rise Above Records has announced their signing of Octopus (sometimes referred to as The Octopus). The label will issue the band’s full-length début, “Supernatural Alliance“, on March 30th. Continue reading “OCTOPUS Sign With Rise Above Records For ‘Supernatural Alliance’ Debut This March”