The GRÜZER Interview At STEEL & STONE II Festival [Video]


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

Columbia, South Carolina’s Grüzer are on an ascending climb through the ranks of heavy music currently. The band’s 2016 release, the Let It Burn EP, was a successful slab of riff-driven sonic monstrosities that introduced a whole new group of fans to the band. They joined the ranks of fans that had been supporting the band since their 2014 debut, Path Of Buzzards, and before that. Continue reading “The GRÜZER Interview At STEEL & STONE II Festival [Video]”

THE ASOUND Astound All Part 1: The Interview [Video]

(Pic Courtesy Of WILL BOUTON)

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

North Carolina’s The Asound are currently experiencing a mercurial rise within the heavy music underground. The band itself, Chad Wyrick (guitar, vocals), Michael Crump (drums) and Jon Cox (bass), have a string of split releases out and are currently working on a new album. That album, titled “Controller“, will be issued through Doomsayer Records before year’s end and you can catch my review of their latest Split, with Intercourse, in Part 2 of this feature. Continue reading “THE ASOUND Astound All Part 1: The Interview [Video]”

An Interview With THE OBSESSED [Video]


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

2017 has undeniably, and without a doubt, been the year of The Obsessed. Although recent events originally began percolating in 2016 when band founder, Scott “Wino” Weinrich, transitioned the then-reformed Spirit Caravan into the newest incarnation of The Obsessed. After a drummer change, the band would eventually record and release this year’s phenomenal return to form, “Sacred“, through Relapse Records. Continue reading “An Interview With THE OBSESSED [Video]”

STEEL & STONE II Festival 2017 Announces Full Details [RIFF RELEVANT Sponsored]

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

Last year’s fast growing festival in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Steel & Stone returns for Round 2!   Continue reading “STEEL & STONE II Festival 2017 Announces Full Details [RIFF RELEVANT Sponsored]”

RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]

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

Asheville, North Carolina’s Temptations Wings have had an amazing year so far with 2017. In March, they released their full-length debut, the conceptual masterpiece “Skulthor Ebonblade“.   Continue reading “RIFF RELEVANT Interviews TEMPTATIONS WINGS [Video]”

Don’t Call It A Comeback… But CONFESSOR Are Coming Back!

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

The iconic, legendary North Carolina-based metallic doom unit Confessor seem to be on the verge of a long-awaited return.    Continue reading “Don’t Call It A Comeback… But CONFESSOR Are Coming Back!”

SCOTT KELLY w/ JOHN JUDKINS Live In Asheville, N.C.

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

Finally, an event that I’d been eager to experience for a rather lengthy time had arrived… to see a Scott Kelly acoustic performance!  Scott was currently on the road playing small, intimate sets with accompaniment by John Judkins (Rwake, Laser Flames On The Great Big News). Continue reading “SCOTT KELLY w/ JOHN JUDKINS Live In Asheville, N.C.”

LOINCLOTH Share Details Of Final Album Release ‘Psalm Of The Morbid Whore’; Video Trailer

(Pic Courtesy Of Rob Sheley)

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

The Virginia/North Carolina-based instrumental sludge band Loincloth have announced plans for releasing their departing recording.  “Psalm Of The Morbid Whore“, the band’s second and final full-length release,  will see digital and vinyl release through Southern Lord on September 29thContinue reading “LOINCLOTH Share Details Of Final Album Release ‘Psalm Of The Morbid Whore’; Video Trailer”

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX-MIRROR QUEEN-GUTTERHOUND Live At The Mothlight; Asheville, N.C.

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

For the second time in less than a matter of weeks, I would see New Jersey rock band The Atomic Bitchwax live.  This time would be in Asheville, North Carolina as they, along with NYC’s Mirror Queen and AVL’s own Gutterhound, would bring the noise to The Mothlight venue.   Continue reading “THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX-MIRROR QUEEN-GUTTERHOUND Live At The Mothlight; Asheville, N.C.”

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”

828 ROCKFEST In AVL Reveals Schedule & Band Set Times


The amazing one-day, three-stage event known as the inaugural 828 Rockfest in Asheville, N.C. has shared its now-official schedule.  Continue reading “828 ROCKFEST In AVL Reveals Schedule & Band Set Times”