WILL HAVEN Confirm New Album Underway; Members Of YOB & DEFTONES To Guest

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

Welcome news from the camp of Sacramento, CA’s sonic assassins Will Haven today as they have revealed they’ve begun work on a new album. The effort, to be titled “Muerte” will arrive at retailers some time in 2018 and we have the track list for it below. Continue reading “WILL HAVEN Confirm New Album Underway; Members Of YOB & DEFTONES To Guest”

KOHTI TUHOA ‘Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta’ Streaming Ahead Of Southern Lord Release; Performance Video


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

Helsinki, Finland’s hardcore punk rockers, KOHTI TUHOA, are streaming their “Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta [translation: “Fourth Kingdom Of Fear“] full-length ahead of its imminent release. Southern Lord Recordings will release the vinyl LP and digital formats of the album in North America on November 24th. Continue reading “KOHTI TUHOA ‘Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta’ Streaming Ahead Of Southern Lord Release; Performance Video”

THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II


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

September 1st saw the issuing of the new 7″ Split featuring North Carolina’s The Asound and Connecticut’s Intercourse. Both bands contribute two tracks each for a total of four face-melting sonic assaults. On the release, each band’s tracks alternate with Intercourse providing tracks #1 and #3 and The Asound #2 and #4. For the purpose of this review, I will tackle each pair head-on. Continue reading “THE ASOUND Astound All Part 2: Split 7″ w/ INTERCOURSE Review & Stream; The Asound To Play Steel & Stone Fest II”

SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed

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

As the U.S.A. steadily continues to create and organize its own gradually increasing number of festival gatherings, Riff Relevant is pleased to inform you of a new one. Continue reading “SCOURGE FEST 2017 Announced; Details & Line Up Revealed”

Riot’s Revelation: GROUND ‘I’ Stream & NYP Item; Video Premiere


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

There is nothing like finding fantastically kick-ass music that is FREE for you to obtain. That is almost always the secondary premise of Riot’s Revelation, the first being making you aware of said kick-ass music first and foremost. Then the fact that it requires no expense to procure it is just as equally paramount. Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: GROUND ‘I’ Stream & NYP Item; Video Premiere”

QUICKSAND ‘Slip’ (1993) Album Review & Stream; New Album Teaser Tracks

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

For those who were in search of an alternative to the rehashed and often overhyped Seattle sound of the 90’s, there were a number of albums which dropped like sledgehammers, without any accompanying limelight.   Continue reading “QUICKSAND ‘Slip’ (1993) Album Review & Stream; New Album Teaser Tracks”

71TONMAN ‘Earthwreck” Review & Stream


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

From Wroclaw, Poland with doom comes the crushing new offering from 71TONMAN titled “Earthwreck” and released through Black Bow Records on Sept. 22nd. This is body and soul-obliterating sonic heaviness through and through. It is sludgy, with pulverizing, downtrodden density that crushes all within its path. Continue reading “71TONMAN ‘Earthwreck” Review & Stream”

MAXIMUM MAD Stream Track From ‘Dear Enemy’ EP Release


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

Portland’s post-hardcore / noise rock heavyweights Maximum Mad will release their “Dear Enemy” EP via Good To Die Records on Sept. 15th.   Continue reading “MAXIMUM MAD Stream Track From ‘Dear Enemy’ EP Release”

FALSE GODS ‘Wasteland’ EP (2016) Review & Stream


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

From the gritty underbelly of Patchogue, New York came the five-song “Wasteland” EP début from False Godsback in 2016.    Continue reading “FALSE GODS ‘Wasteland’ EP (2016) Review & Stream”

QUICKSAND Announce First New Album In 22 Years: ‘Interiors’ [Video Premiere + Tour Dates]

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

This past week, post-hardcore / alternative rock icons Quicksand announced that their first new album in 22 years, ‘Interiors’, would be out November 10th from Epitaph Records.   Continue reading “QUICKSAND Announce First New Album In 22 Years: ‘Interiors’ [Video Premiere + Tour Dates]”

‘Shattered, Flattered And Covered’: The Tribute To UNSANE Drops On 9/11; Video Trailer


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

If ever a band existed that was comprised of pure sonic volatility and unapologetic angst, it would be Unsane.  The NYC-based trio will celebrate their 30th year of existence in 2018, what better time than now to acknowledge the band’s influence? Continue reading “‘Shattered, Flattered And Covered’: The Tribute To UNSANE Drops On 9/11; Video Trailer”

KOLOSSOR Inflict The Masses With ‘Scourge’ Official Video


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

It has been one month since I dropped my Review & Stream (read here) of the self-titled EP debut from New Jersey’s Kolossor. If you caught that or are otherwise familiar with this band comprised of former members of Wizard Eye, Meatplow and Seasons Of Arrows already, then you know what a powerhouse this band is. Continue reading “KOLOSSOR Inflict The Masses With ‘Scourge’ Official Video”

ALMOST HONEST ‘Thunder Mouth’ Review & Stream

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

From The Keystone State of Pennsylvania comes Almost Honest and the crunchy thickness of their “Thunder Mouth” release.   Continue reading “ALMOST HONEST ‘Thunder Mouth’ Review & Stream”

OLDE ‘Temple’ Review & Stream


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

From the far north’s greater Toronto area comes the riff-driven return of Olde via their new release, “Temple“.   Continue reading “OLDE ‘Temple’ Review & Stream”

AT THE DRIVE IN ‘In•ter a•li•a’ Album Review & Official Video

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

How does one begin to measure the success of an album?  Is it in popularity, execution or simply in the songwriting?  Today, we’re looking at the May 2017 release of ‘In•ter a•li•a‘ from At The Drive In, released via Rise Records.    Continue reading “AT THE DRIVE IN ‘In•ter a•li•a’ Album Review & Official Video”

MAMMOTH SALMON ‘Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light’ Review, Stream & NYP Item

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

The Pacific Northwest of the U.S. has long generated its very own particular breed of bands with their own defining sound.  I could rattle off a laundry list of acts, but a few right off the top of my head would be (the) Melvins, Red Fang, and Heiress.  In fact, those three are nice jumping off points for the band we are here to discuss, Portland, OR’s Mammoth Salmon.   Continue reading “MAMMOTH SALMON ‘Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light’ Review, Stream & NYP Item”

36 CRAZYFISTS ‘Lanterns’ Coming In Sept; Song Premiere + Tour Dates


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

Alaska’s alternative metal/core band 36 Crazyfists are premiering a brand new track today, “Death Eater“.   Continue reading “36 CRAZYFISTS ‘Lanterns’ Coming In Sept; Song Premiere + Tour Dates”

VANISHING LIFE – ‘Surveillance’ (2016), Album Review & Stream

Vanishing Life – Photo by Cecilia Alejandra

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

For those old enough to remember when punk took those first baby steps away from a stale and regimented formula, yet idealistic enough to still see the genre as vital form of expression, then Vanishing Life début (2016) album ‘Surveillance‘ will be something to get excited about.   Continue reading “VANISHING LIFE – ‘Surveillance’ (2016), Album Review & Stream”

KOLOSSOR S/T EP Review, Stream & NYP Item; Video


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

From deep within the Garden State, comes an EP on unguarded musical anger and hate.  Kolossor has clearly come to crush and obliterate with their recently issued three-song, self-titled EP début.   Continue reading “KOLOSSOR S/T EP Review, Stream & NYP Item; Video”

FISHING WITH GUNS ‘Blood On The Ropes’ EP Review & Stream

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

Parisians Fishing With Guns recently returned to the front with a new five-song EP, “Blood On The Ropes“. I for one have followed the band for the last year or two and am glad they are back with a new release after reviewing their previous one last year.   Continue reading “FISHING WITH GUNS ‘Blood On The Ropes’ EP Review & Stream”