ASCENDING DAWN Share Lyric Video From Upcoming ‘Coalesce’ Release


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

Bi-national prog/alt metal project, Ascending Dawn,  have debuted their new lyric video, “Cannonball from the upcoming albumCoalesce, due out December 1st.
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AMENRA ‘Mass VI’ Streaming Now Ahead Of Release; Video + Tour Dates

( Pic Courtesy Of Stephan Vanfleteren)

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

Amenra
 are set to issue their phenomenal new album, “Mass VI“, via Neurot Recordings this Friday, October 20th. The contrasting sonic spectacular is streaming now though thanks to Riff Relevant and the Soundcloud embed below. Also, check out the band’s official video for the track “Children Of The Eye” also included. Continue reading “AMENRA ‘Mass VI’ Streaming Now Ahead Of Release; Video + Tour Dates”

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream


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

Eight torturous, long years after the release of their full-length album ‘Using The Useless’, the Indio, CA. hard rock trio House Of Broken Promises return with new music.   Continue reading “HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES ‘Twisted’ EP Review & Stream”

The DAN LORENZO (Vessel Of Light, Hades, Non-Fiction, Etc.) Interview


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

Musician Dan Lorenzo (guitarist) was a highly integral component to many of my own earlier, formative music years. His song writing abilities and guitar playing talent were the creative catalyst for the legendary Eighties power metal / thrash band Hades. In that band he helped pioneer the music and sound of the East Coast’s own take on underground music. Continue reading “The DAN LORENZO (Vessel Of Light, Hades, Non-Fiction, Etc.) Interview”

THE OXFORD COMA Stream Steve Albini-Produced ‘Everything Out Of Tune’; Live Dates

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

Famed producer Steve Albini was the board man that helmed The Oxford Coma‘s upcoming third album release, “Everything Out Of Tune“. The forty minute-plus collection of psychedelia-imbued noise rock will be independently released this Friday, the 13th of October. Continue reading “THE OXFORD COMA Stream Steve Albini-Produced ‘Everything Out Of Tune’; Live Dates”

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”

Jason Bieler’s (Saigon Kick) OWL STRETCHING ‘Birds Of Prey’ EP Review & Stream


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

Many people recognize the name Jason Bieler the very moment they hear it, or see it in print and they should. Jason has spent years as a founding member and guitarist of the long running hard rock legends, Saigon Kick. But there’s also another musical venture that Jason is perhaps lesser known for, although it is one that is providing some of the most unique music happening at this time. Continue reading “Jason Bieler’s (Saigon Kick) OWL STRETCHING ‘Birds Of Prey’ EP Review & Stream”

FACES OF THE BOG ‘Ego Death’ Review & Stream


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

Chicago’s Faces Of The Bog are absolutely taking the subterranean music community by storm with their latest offering, “Ego Death“. Although it was originally independently released digitally and on CD in October 2016, it gathered so much steam and recognition that something had to be done. That “something” was the official vinyl release of the effort through DHU Records on Sept. 22nd while the digital version remains available at Bandcamp here. Continue reading “FACES OF THE BOG ‘Ego Death’ Review & Stream”

HANGING GARDEN To Release ‘I Am Become’ This Month; Lyric Video Shared


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

Finnish Gothic doom metallers, Hanging Garden, will release their new album, I Am Become, on October 27th via Lifeforce Records. A lyric video for the new song, “Our Dark Design”, is available for streaming below. Continue reading “HANGING GARDEN To Release ‘I Am Become’ This Month; Lyric Video Shared”

OMOTAI Conceptual Album ‘A Ruined Oak’ Streaming In Full; Tour Dates


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

Houston-based heavyweights Omotai are set to release their powerful conceptual album “A Ruined Oak” today, Oct. 6th, through Tofu Carnage Records. The masterful opus is an inspired work based on The Lost Colony of Roanoke, an early settlement in the United States whose inhabitants all disappeared without a trace. The story is translated through this amazing album’s music, one centered on abandonment and responsibility while the lyrics are haunted by loss and violence. Continue reading “OMOTAI Conceptual Album ‘A Ruined Oak’ Streaming In Full; Tour Dates”

NIBIRU ‘Qaal Babalon’ Review & Stream


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

It has been a little over two months since I tackled this year’s Argonauta Records‘ re-release of NIBIRU‘s “Caosgon-2017 Edition” (review here). Now, the trio of Ardath, Ri and L.C. Chertan, aka NIBIRU, are back with “Qaal Babalon“. The 4-song recording was once again dropped via Argonauta on September 22nd and I have had the frightening experience of listening to it multiple times for this dissection. Continue reading “NIBIRU ‘Qaal Babalon’ Review & Stream”

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”

SEVEN SPIRES ‘Solveig’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter*]


(By Kira Schlechter, Guest Contributor/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Funny that even with the pervasiveness of downloading, quick hits and instant gratification, the concept album seems to be flourishing. It certainly does in the hands of Seven Spires. Continue reading “SEVEN SPIRES ‘Solveig’ Review & Official Videos [Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter*]”

GALACTIC COWBOYS Premiere ‘Internal Masquerade’ Video; First New LP In 17 Years Imminent

(Pic Courtesy Of Stephanie Cabral)

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

Nineties era progressive rockers Galactic Cowboys and its reunited original lineup — lead vocalist Ben Huggins, drummer/vocalist Alan Doss, guitarist/vocalist Dane Sonnier and vocalist/bassist Monty Colvin — will release their first new album in seventeen years, “Long Way Back To The Moon”, on November 17. It will be issued through Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label GroupContinue reading “GALACTIC COWBOYS Premiere ‘Internal Masquerade’ Video; First New LP In 17 Years Imminent”

ZAO To Issue ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ EP In November; Song Premiere + Tour Dates


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

West Virginia’s long-running metalcore legends ZAO have announced a planned EP release for this autumn. “Pyrrhic Victory” is the follow up to 2016’s fantastic The Well-Intentioned Virus and it will be released on November 3rd via ZAO‘s own Observed/Observer Recordings.  Continue reading “ZAO To Issue ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ EP In November; Song Premiere + Tour Dates”

MOURNING SIGN ‘Nest Of Vipers’ Maxi-Single Review & Stream


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

Stockholm, Sweden’s Mourning Sign have resurfaced with a new 2-song offering for your listening enjoyment. The “Nest Of Vipers” Maxi-Single dropped back in late August and is creating some nice buzz in all the right places since. The band is currently composed of Robert Pörschke (vocals), Kari Kainulainen (guitars), Petri Aho (guitars/bass), Thomas Gardh (guitars/bass) and Henrik Persson (drums). Continue reading “MOURNING SIGN ‘Nest Of Vipers’ Maxi-Single Review & Stream”

FIVE OF THE EYES Prepare For Next Week’s Full-Length Debut; Video Premiere, Song Share + Tour Dates


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

Portland, Maine’s metallic-tinged progressive rockers Five Of The Eyes are poised to issue their full-length debut album, “The Venus Transit“, near month’s end. The nine-song offering will be an independent release and was produced, recorded, and mixed at Windham, Maine’s Halo Studio by Jonathan Wyman. It can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp and is due out on September 29th. Continue reading “FIVE OF THE EYES Prepare For Next Week’s Full-Length Debut; Video Premiere, Song Share + Tour Dates”

ORISSA ‘Resurrection’ Review; Video Premiere


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

New York’s Orissa are most definitely on the move with their imminent full-length album release, “Resurrection“. It will drop on November 3rd and based on what I’ve culled from my own listens to it, it is going to impress innumerable people. Plus, it was mixed by Sahaj Ticotin, (RA; Meytal Cohen; Adekain; September Mourning) and mastered by Paul Logus, (Stone Sour; Steel Panther; Shadows Fall) so you know the sound quality is superb. Continue reading “ORISSA ‘Resurrection’ Review; Video Premiere”

Full Album Stream Of New UFOMAMMUT Release ‘8’


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

The new studio offering from atmospheric, psychedelic sludge doomers UFOMAMMUT is now upon us.   Continue reading “Full Album Stream Of New UFOMAMMUT Release ‘8’”