VISIGOTH ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ Review & Stream [By Kira Schlechter]


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

Named for the conquering Germanic tribe of old, Visigoth stakes their own claim to the old ways with their latest effort, “Conqueror’s Oath” (out now from Metal Blade Records). Continue reading “VISIGOTH ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ Review & Stream [By Kira Schlechter]”

WEEDPECKER ‘III’ Review & Stream

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

When it comes to truly psychedelic, mind-altering and otherworldly type music, one band stands head and shoulders over the rest.  None other than Warszawa, Poland’s WEEDPECKER, who recently returned with their third studio outing, “III“.    Continue reading “WEEDPECKER ‘III’ Review & Stream”

BIBLE BLACK TYRANT Stream Just-Released ‘Regret Beyond Death’ Debut


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

Three musicians from very diverse origins have united within one singular entity bent on delivering sonic density. That collective operates as Bible Black Tyrant, which is vocalist / bassist / guitarist Aaron D.C. Edge (Lumbar), percussionist Tyler Smith (Eagle Twin), and guitarist / vocalist / soundscape engineer David S. Fylstra (KVØID). Continue reading “BIBLE BLACK TYRANT Stream Just-Released ‘Regret Beyond Death’ Debut”

Ethan McCarthy’s (Primitive Man/Vermin Womb) One-Man MANY BLESSINGS; ‘Ripe Earth’ Debut Streaming

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

From the Mile High City of Denver, CO comes something birthed from the lowest depths of one man’s own psyche. That man is Ethan McCarthy, best known as the guitarist / vocalist of Primitive Man and Vermin Womb but unlike those bands, this is something else altogether different. Continue reading “Ethan McCarthy’s (Primitive Man/Vermin Womb) One-Man MANY BLESSINGS; ‘Ripe Earth’ Debut Streaming”

AMORPHIS To Tour N. America; DARK TRANQUILITY-MOONSPELL-OMNIUM GATHERUM Supporting


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

A four Euro band “super tour” has just been announced from the bands Amorphis, Dark Tranquility, Moonspell and Omnium Gatherum. The quadruple bill of these amazing acts will re-take North American soil this September – October as Amorphis just finished recording a new album with producer Jens Bogren (release tentatively set for May).
Continue reading “AMORPHIS To Tour N. America; DARK TRANQUILITY-MOONSPELL-OMNIUM GATHERUM Supporting”

HOUND THE WOLVES ‘Camera Obscura’ Review & Official Video; Tour Dates


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

It seems the older I get, the more and more I get into further-reaching atmospheric recordings.  Ones that are especially on the emotive side of the spectrum, with intense feeling and determined to explore what lies within the realm of possibility.  Continue reading “HOUND THE WOLVES ‘Camera Obscura’ Review & Official Video; Tour Dates”

NIGHT VERSES ‘Copper Wasp’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item + Live Dates


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

From the City Of Angels arrives a totally under-the-radar band, at least so for me, and their three-song EP.  The band is Night Verses, the EP is “Copper Wasp” (released on January 18) and both are fantastically phenomenal!  Continue reading “NIGHT VERSES ‘Copper Wasp’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item + Live Dates”

LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Issue ‘Galax’ Official Video As ‘Vignette’ Debut Arrives


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

On February 16, Swedish progressive / extreme math metal unit Letters From The Colony will release their highly anticipated debut album, “Vignette“, via Nuclear Blast Records. A new video for the opening track, “Galax“, can be seen below. Continue reading “LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Issue ‘Galax’ Official Video As ‘Vignette’ Debut Arrives”

WOODHAWK To Undertake ‘Magnetic North Tour’ Of Canada; Official Video

(Photo Credit: Mario A Montes)

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

The Calgary, AB-based Woodhawk are announcing their 2018 Canadian “Magnetic North Tour” trek across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Plus, the trio will be  performing for their first time in Ontario and Quebec (dates listed below). Continue reading “WOODHAWK To Undertake ‘Magnetic North Tour’ Of Canada; Official Video”

SEVEN EYED CROW To Return In 2018 With ‘Organized Chaos’; Title Track Streaming


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

Three years after the release of their critically acclaimed Dark Ways To The Sun EP, France’s Seven Eyed Crow are preparing for their first full-length album release. It will come in the form of of “Organized Chaos” from Lunatik Music this spring. Continue reading “SEVEN EYED CROW To Return In 2018 With ‘Organized Chaos’; Title Track Streaming”

WITHERFALL Debut ‘Portrait’ Official Video; Singer Joseph Michael Guests For Upcoming SANCTUARY Tour


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

2017 saw the release of the phenomenal introduction to the Los Angeles-based progressive power metal band Witherfall, via the “Nocturnes And Requiems” album. Continue reading “WITHERFALL Debut ‘Portrait’ Official Video; Singer Joseph Michael Guests For Upcoming SANCTUARY Tour”

STARKWEATHER Stream ‘Divided By Zero’ From Upcoming Split With CONCEALMENT


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

On March 9th, Translation Loss Records will issue a new 2-song Split featuring the bands Starkweather and Concealment. Each band has contributed a lengthy sensory assault to the record with Starkweather‘s “Divided By Zero” streaming here today. Continue reading “STARKWEATHER Stream ‘Divided By Zero’ From Upcoming Split With CONCEALMENT”

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”

AFFASIA Prepare To Release ‘Adrift In Remorse’ EP Debut; Album Teaser Video


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

After several years of line-up changes and seemingly endless work in creating their sound, RVA’s (Richmond, VA.) AFFASIA are prepared to release their debut.  The “Adrift In Remorse” EP will arrive via Transcending Records on February 23rd. Continue reading “AFFASIA Prepare To Release ‘Adrift In Remorse’ EP Debut; Album Teaser Video”

DRUIDS – ‘Spirit Compass’ EP Review & Stream; Tour Dates

(By Taylor Waring, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Des Moines, Iowa’s trio Druids self-released their Spirit Compass album this past December and it is a potent follow-up to their 2016 banger, Cycles of Mobeum.    Continue reading “DRUIDS – ‘Spirit Compass’ EP Review & Stream; Tour Dates”