EXCLUSIVE Premiere Of RED BEARD WALL ‘Top Of The Mountain’ Official Video


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

One of the more mold-breaking releases of 2017 was the self-titled full-length from Texas’ RED BEARD WALL.     Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE Premiere Of RED BEARD WALL ‘Top Of The Mountain’ Official Video”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Premieres New Song ‘Trampled Down Below’; New Album Release Nears As Tour w/ COC, EyeHateGod + Red Fang Launches


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

The Berserker and his Doom Crew, Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society, will release their tenth full length album, Grimmest Hits, on January 19th via Entertainment One (eOne). The new single “Trampled Down Below” is available for streaming below, along with the previously issued “All That Once Shined” and “Room Of Nightmares“. Continue reading “BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Premieres New Song ‘Trampled Down Below’; New Album Release Nears As Tour w/ COC, EyeHateGod + Red Fang Launches”

GREYFELL Invoke ‘Spirit Of The Bear’ Official Video From Imminent ‘Horsepower’ Release

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

Bands and animals in unison go back far in music history and this article is going to provide you a double dose of the latter from the singular former. See, French alt-metal doomsters Greyfell have just shared their powerful new visualizer “The Spirit Of The Bear“.   Continue reading “GREYFELL Invoke ‘Spirit Of The Bear’ Official Video From Imminent ‘Horsepower’ Release”

HARM’S WAY-RINGWORM-VEIN-QUEENSWAY North American Tour Announced


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

Hot on the heels of last week’s news of their new album release and Official Video debut (here), Harm’s Way have tour announcement news today. Just days after their new release “Posthuman” drops via Metal Blade on Feb. 9th, the band will launch a full-on North American road trek. Continue reading “HARM’S WAY-RINGWORM-VEIN-QUEENSWAY North American Tour Announced”

FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary


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

In celebration of their impending twentieth anniversary, Ohio’s extremist noise veterans FISTULA are preparing to unleash the first wave of a planned series of Splits. Slated to drop on December 15th via PATAC Records, the first splits find FISTULA facing off with sludge stalwarts Come To Grief and -(16)-. Continue reading “FISTULA To Issue Splits With COME TO GRIEF & -(16)- As Part Of Series Commemorating 20th Anniversary”

Getting In HARM’S WAY With ‘Posthuman’ This February; New Song Streaming


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

Chicago’s ferociously volatile post-hardcore harbingers of all that is heavy, Harm’s Way, will return their fourth full-length in early 2018. “Posthuman” will officially explode from Metal Blade Records on February 9th. The first single off of the Will Putney (Body Count, Every Time I Die) produced effort, which is titled “Human Carrying Capacity“, is streaming below. Continue reading “Getting In HARM’S WAY With ‘Posthuman’ This February; New Song Streaming”

DARKEST HOUR Set February East Coast Trek; WHORES. & EXTINCTION A.D. Supporting


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

Reactivated Virginia metallers Darkest Hour have announced a short, but nonetheless incredible, East Coast touring trek. It will set off in February 2018 and consist of nine dates with support provided by WHORES. and Extinction A.D. Here’s what we know: Continue reading “DARKEST HOUR Set February East Coast Trek; WHORES. & EXTINCTION A.D. Supporting”

RED RAVEN DOWN Shares ‘Ashes’ Visualizer; ‘Phantoms’ EP Drops Next Week


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

Seinäjoki, Finland-based metalcore band Red Raven Down have unleashed their official video for the song “Ashes“. The track is taken from their upcoming EP “Phantoms” which is set to be released December 15th by Inverse Records. The new EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Mika Autio at Halla Freakquency. Continue reading “RED RAVEN DOWN Shares ‘Ashes’ Visualizer; ‘Phantoms’ EP Drops Next Week”

Oldschool Sunday: THE BLAMED

THE BLAMED (Then)

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

Christian Hardcore / Punk Rock band The Blamed had its U.S. roots planted between two states, Illinois and California when the band basically fired up in 1994 at the hands of its founder, the Cali-based Bryan Gray. From there, the band would release a string of volatile, posi-core albums that showcased their ever-evolving sound before disbanding less than a decade later. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: THE BLAMED”

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 and foremost being to make you aware of said kick-ass music.  Then the fact that it requires no expense to procure is 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]”