MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release

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

Through mighty sounds of our crying Earth we’re channeling frustration of a modern world.”

This appears to be the mantra and / or mission statement of Sweden’s Moon Mother and their newly released “Riffcraft“. It is a totally respectable undertaking too for the quartet of singer Sara Trollpacka, drummer Jesper Wallin, guitarist Pat Ahlström and bassist Thomas V Jäger (of Monolord who also produced this). On their official 4-song debut here, the foursome blend an appealing elixir of bluesy Stoner Doom with abundant classic rock influences. Continue reading “MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release”

EXCLUSIVE Stream Of New OBESE Release ‘Anamnesis’ [Argonauta Records]; Album Review + Video


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

The Dutch sludge heavyweights Obese are back with their sophomore album, “Anamnesis“, dropping via Argonauta Records on October 20th. Riff Relevant is extremely excited to be the EXCLUSIVE source for the first global stream of the record in full now through Soundcloud today. Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE Stream Of New OBESE Release ‘Anamnesis’ [Argonauta Records]; Album Review + Video”

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”

RAT KING ‘Barren’ EP Review & Stream

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

Coming from the U.S. midwest’s bread basket region, Evansville, Indiana to be precise, comes Rat King. “Barren” is the title of the newest EP offering from this regal rodent and it’s a 3-song excursion into some heady doom. Yet that is not all that courses through the veins of this effort from this sovereign viceroy of vermin, not by any means. Continue reading “RAT KING ‘Barren’ EP Review & Stream”

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX Share ‘Force Field’ Details; Due In December


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

The Garden State’s psychedelic boogie and blues trio, The Atomic Bitchwax (aka TAB), will release its seventh full length LP, “Force Field“, on December 8th via Tee Pee Records. Continue reading “THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX Share ‘Force Field’ Details; Due In December”

Remastered Re-Issue Of UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS ‘Vol. 1’ Streaming


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

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats will release the remastered re-issue of their recently out-of-print debut album, “Vol. 1“, today, Friday, the 13th of October. Coming to the rock ‘n roll masses via Rise Above Records, the date is an ideal time for the band’s introductory album’s intriguing occult-ish retro mystique.  Continue reading “Remastered Re-Issue Of UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS ‘Vol. 1’ Streaming”

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”

WOLFTOOTH S/T EP Review & Stream


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

I (and all of us at Riff Relevant) get inundated with literal barrages of music from bands, musicians in bands, friends of bands and musicians in bands, friends of mine that like bands or musicians in bands, etc.   Continue reading “WOLFTOOTH S/T 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”

THE VALLEY ‘Obelisk’ EP Review & Stream

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

The Valley are a trio from Cape Town, South Africa and after a couple of earlier Single releases, have arrived with “Obelisk“.   Continue reading “THE VALLEY ‘Obelisk’ EP Review & Stream”

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”

EMBER ‘271’ EP Release Details; RIFF RELEVANT Presents Visual Series Grand Finale Info


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

Our friends, and the subjects of our recent Riff Relevant Presents In-Studio Recording Visual Series, Ember, have news concerning their recent recording efforts. Their “271” EP will be released on November 12, 2017 through Doomsayer Records and promises to be the bands’ most focused and uncompromising material yet.  Continue reading “EMBER ‘271’ EP Release Details; RIFF RELEVANT Presents Visual Series Grand Finale Info”

PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT Reveal ‘Sound Of The Wind’ Details; Lyric Video Debut


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

Italy’s incredible occult psyche-rock band Psychedelic Witchcraft are revealing details of their anxiously awaited new studio release. “Sound Of The Wind” will be issued through Listenable Records on November 3rd. It’s currently available for pre-order now at this location.  Continue reading “PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT Reveal ‘Sound Of The Wind’ Details; Lyric Video Debut”

A DEVIL’S DIN ‘One Hallucination Under God’ Streaming In Full


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

Montreal-based psychedelic rock trio A Devil’s Din will issue their third official full-length album this Friday, Sept. 29th. “One Hallucination Under God” is the lysergic-laced long playing follow-up to Skylight (2016) and One Day All This Will Be Yours (2011). Riff Relevant is one of the few websites where you can stream this amazing album now, several days before its release. Continue reading “A DEVIL’S DIN ‘One Hallucination Under God’ Streaming In Full”

MORPHINE SOCIAL CLUB ‘Monolithic Gospel’ EP Review & Stream

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

Thessaloniki, Greece’s Morphine Social Club recently returned with their self-released “Monolithic Gospel” EP. Their sophomore outing is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 EP debut, Radioactive. That introduction was a well received one that opened a lot of doors for the band and fans have been clamoring for something new…and here it is! Continue reading “MORPHINE SOCIAL CLUB ‘Monolithic Gospel’ EP Review & Stream”

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”

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”

WITH THE DEAD ‘Love From With The Dead’ Review & Stream


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

What is there to be said about vocalist Lee Dorrian‘s post-Cathedral band With The Dead that hasn’t been said so many other places (sites)? Dorrian’s main project now, WTD holds quite a respectable bunch of lads in its band membership, that is for sure. Returning with Lee on the new studio album, “Love From With The Dead” once again, is guitarist Tim Bagshaw (ex-Electric Wizard/Serpentine Path). There’s also new blood in the personages of former Bolt Thrower drummer Alex Thomas and Lee’s old Cathedral band mate, bassist Leo Smee. Continue reading “WITH THE DEAD ‘Love From With The Dead’ Review & Stream”