MONSTER MAGNET Reveals ‘Mindfucker’ Album Details; Due In March

(Pic Courtesy Of Jeremy Saffer)

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

New Jersey’s stoner rock pioneers Monster Magnet have confirmed the official details of their 11th studio album’s imminence. It is titled “Mindfucker” and will drop from Napalm Records on March 23rd, 2018. Continue reading “MONSTER MAGNET Reveals ‘Mindfucker’ Album Details; Due In March”

Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]


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

Merry (early) Christmas, Metalheads! Damn, do I have a gift for you too, as I usually do with most any or all Riot’s Revelation segments. How does an Asher Media Relations-provided Sampler sound, one that contains over 50 tracks and a running time of four hours? Sounds pretty good, eh? Continue reading “Riot’s Revelation: HAPPY METAL ANNIHILATION VOL. 7 [Stream + Free Sampler Download]”

The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA

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

I still recall the very first time that I heard guitarist / musician Daren “KLANK” Diolosa, although I’m not sure he’d been tagged with the nickname at the time. In fact, I really did not know it was him per se, all I did know was that I saw a music video that absolutely floored me. The video, the song, the music itself and the guys present in the visualizer were like nothing I had ever heard…or seen. Continue reading “The RIFF RELEVANT Interview With DAREN ‘KLANK’ DIOLOSA”

LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video


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

One of the most intriguing, more incredible progressive death metal bands that I have heard in a while are the Borlänge, Sweden based Letters From The Colony.   Continue reading “LETTERS FROM THE COLONY Share Details Of ‘Vignette’ Debut; Premiere ‘Erasing Contrast’ Video”

WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates

WINDHAND

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

RVA-based (Richmond, VA) psychedelic doom band Windhand have just released their official video for “Old Evil“. The song hails from the band’s upcoming split release with Satan’s Satyrs, due for release on CD, LP and digital formats on February 16th from Relapse Records. Continue reading “WINDHAND Share ‘Old Evil’ Visualizer From Upcoming Split With SATAN’S SATYRS + Live Dates”

DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming


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

Atmospherically haunting, abstract sludge industrialists Dirge are positioned to release their new studio construct “Alma | Baltica” this month.   Continue reading “DIRGE Returns With ‘Alma | Baltica’ This Month; ‘Alma’ Streaming”

THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

2017 has been a remarkable year for festival lineups (at least for me), event organizers in 2018 have their work cut out for them.  The Maryland Doom Fest has already revealed it’s initial (& full!) 2018 lineup, and Riff Relevant is a very proud sponsor for next year’s event!  Let’s find out more, shall we? Continue reading “THE MARYLAND DOOM FESTIVAL Reveals 2018 Lineup; Riff Relevant Announces Media Partnership”

BLACK WAIL Prepare To Release ‘Chromium Homes’; Share ‘Thee Ghost’ Track


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

New Jersey’s beyond exciting, psyche-infused hard rock and blues act Black Wail will have their new album, Chromium Homes, arrive Dec. 15 via Rhyme & Reason Records. It was recorded and mixed by Grammy-winner John Seymour (Alice In Chains, Sick Of It All, Architects) and really showcases the band’s ability to seamlessly blend soulful funk with simmering, slow burning rock and roll. Continue reading “BLACK WAIL Prepare To Release ‘Chromium Homes’; Share ‘Thee Ghost’ Track”

SHADOW WITCH Reveal 12/15 Release For New LP ‘DISCIPLES OF THE CROW’ via Salt Of The Earth Records; Preorder up NOW

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Kingston, New York’s Shadow Witch confirms the flight dates for their upcoming album, ‘Disciples Of The Crow‘.  The band’s second full-length is set for official release through Salt Of The Earth Records on December 15thwith pre-order available as of November 27th.    Continue reading “SHADOW WITCH Reveal 12/15 Release For New LP ‘DISCIPLES OF THE CROW’ via Salt Of The Earth Records; Preorder up NOW”

ATALA Will Issue ‘Labyrinth Of Ashmedai’ In January; Details

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

One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2017 will instead get a shot at making the Best Of ’18 lists it would seem. Of course we are talking about Twentynine Palms, California’s psychedelic desert dwellers Atala and their anxiously awaited new studio effort, “Labyrinth Of Ashmedai“. It will drop via Salt Of The Earth Records on January 26th Continue reading “ATALA Will Issue ‘Labyrinth Of Ashmedai’ In January; Details”

NICK OLIVERI ‘N.O. Hits At All Vol. 4’ Announced; Last Installment Of Exclusives Series Due In February


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

Following the success of N.O. Hits At All Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3, comes the news of the last installment of the series, N.O. Hits At All Vol. 4 from Nick Oliveri. The latest compiling of tracks sees rarities and exclusives from Nick alongside The Dwarves, Death Acoustic, Rattlin’ Bones and Loading Data, among others. It will arrive from Heavy Psych Sounds on February 23rd. Continue reading “NICK OLIVERI ‘N.O. Hits At All Vol. 4’ Announced; Last Installment Of Exclusives Series Due In February”

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX Share ‘Houndstooth’ Official Video

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

Last month, New Jersey’s The Atomic Bitchwax unveiled details (here) of their upcoming seventh studio full-length, “Force Field“.   Continue reading “THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX Share ‘Houndstooth’ Official Video”

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets

Descendants Of Crom Festival

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

“…Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark.  Now they learn why they fear the night.…” ~ Thulsa Doom (Conan) Continue reading “DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 – Blackseed Records Announces Initial Festival Lineup & ‘Early Crow’ Tickets”

PRIEST (Ex-Ghost Members) Streaming Electronica Raver ‘New Flesh’

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

Priest, the new electronica band with connections to Ghost via the inclusion of some former members, will release their “New Flesh” debut on November 17th. Due out from Lövely Records, the recording produced by Alpha (ex Ghost) and which includes an appearance by Airghoul (also ex Ghost), is a showcase of electronica and 80s goth overtones. Continue reading “PRIEST (Ex-Ghost Members) Streaming Electronica Raver ‘New Flesh’”

INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017


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

Los Angeles’ Interstelar have been an underground staple within the City Of Angels’ music scene since at least 2005.  The band has been an ever-present entity on the town’s live circuit during that period.  Continue reading “INTERSTELAR ‘Resin’ Review – Contest To Win A Vinyl Format LP For RECORD STORE DAY 2017”

VVON DOGMA I ‘Communion’ EP Review & Stream

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

We may have the arrival of a whole new genre or style of music with what’s happening here from Montreal, Québec’s Vvon Dogma I. Having just released the “Communion” EP in recent days, the music contained upon it is quite forward-thinking progressive metal at its roots. Continue reading “VVON DOGMA I ‘Communion’ EP Review & Stream”

Ripple Music’s ‘Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 7’ Featuring SWITCHBLADE JESUS & FUZZ EVIL Nears

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

Ripple Music‘s ongoing split release series, “The Second Coming Of Heavy” continues as the upcoming Chapter 7 nears release. The pairing of acts placed head to head on each offering changes from release to release.   Continue reading “Ripple Music’s ‘Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 7’ Featuring SWITCHBLADE JESUS & FUZZ EVIL Nears”

EARTH DRIVE ‘Stellar Drone’ Review & Stream


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

The Montijo, Portugal-based cosmic rock collective Earth Drive recently returned to terra firma with a new offering, “Stellar Drone“.    Continue reading “EARTH DRIVE ‘Stellar Drone’ Review & Stream”

ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video

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

The providers of slow-churning, psychedelic dirges of Swedish doom, Alastor, return with their 2-track ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw‘ EP. It’s dropping via the Ljudkassett label on cassette and digital formats on November 15. The EP was recorded by Magnus Sörensen at KulturVerkstan, Tingsryd then mixed and mastered by Joona Hassinen at Studio Underjord, Norrköping. Continue reading “ALASTOR ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video”

YOB’s ‘The Great Cessation’ Receives Deluxe Re-Issue; Remastered Track Streaming + Tour Dates

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

U.S. Pacific Northwest sinister psyche-doom merchants YOB will release an upcoming deluxe edition re-issue of their fifth full-length record, “The Great Cessation“. Originally released in 2009, the album was a groundbreaking  lesson in cosmic doom. Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, the album helped cement YOB‘s status as one of the planet’s most progressive purveyors of underground music. Continue reading “YOB’s ‘The Great Cessation’ Receives Deluxe Re-Issue; Remastered Track Streaming + Tour Dates”