AMORPHIS Share Exclusive Single For Decibel Mag’s Flexi Series; Vinyl Re-Issues Of Classic Albums Coming Soon

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

AMORPHIS have premiered a new single, “Honeyflow“, that is an exclusive track for the Decibel Magazine Flexi-Disc series. Continue reading “AMORPHIS Share Exclusive Single For Decibel Mag’s Flexi Series; Vinyl Re-Issues Of Classic Albums Coming Soon”

INTEGRITY & KRIEG To Issue Hardcore-Meets-Black Metal Split; Song From Each Band Shared

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

Pioneering post-hardcore harbingers INTEGRITY and New Jersey’s trailblazing black metal entity KRIEG are uniting for a split release. Continue reading “INTEGRITY & KRIEG To Issue Hardcore-Meets-Black Metal Split; Song From Each Band Shared”

ASG To Return With ‘Survive Sunrise’ Album In June [Title Track Stream]; To Headline U.S. Tour Supported By LO-PAN & BEITTHEMEANS


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

It has been half a decade, a whole five long years since a full-length studio album arrived from North Carolina’s most incredible ASG. Continue reading “ASG To Return With ‘Survive Sunrise’ Album In June [Title Track Stream]; To Headline U.S. Tour Supported By LO-PAN & BEITTHEMEANS”

Oldschool Sunday: CONTROL DENIED [‘The Fragile Art Of Existence’ Available On Vinyl For 1st Time]


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

As we know, some bands truly are “one album wonders” whom, for whatever reason, release only one official album… that is either awesome or awful in many cases. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: CONTROL DENIED [‘The Fragile Art Of Existence’ Available On Vinyl For 1st Time]”

YOB Shares ‘Our Raw Heart’ Release Date & Itinerary For N. American Tour; BELL WITCH To Support

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

One of progressive doom’s most revered bands, Oregon’s YOB will release their new seven-song effort, “Our Raw Heart“, via Relapse Records on June 8th. Continue reading “YOB Shares ‘Our Raw Heart’ Release Date & Itinerary For N. American Tour; BELL WITCH To Support”

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”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ‘No Cross No Crown’ Review; Official Videos


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

Let me start by saying that it is no understatement to say that Corrosion Of Conformity‘s latest studio record, “No Cross No Crown“, is one of music’s most anticipated album releases.  Not just for the year 2018, but hell, for the last five years, or a decade for that matter and it is out now from Nuclear Blast. Continue reading “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ‘No Cross No Crown’ Review; Official Videos”

ZEKE To Release ‘Hellbender’ – First New Album In 14 Years; Sharing New Songs + Tour Dates

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

Seattle’s punk metal legends ZEKE have reported they will release their first album of new music in fourteen years! “Hellbender” is set to release through Relapse Records on March 30th. Continue reading “ZEKE To Release ‘Hellbender’ – First New Album In 14 Years; Sharing New Songs + Tour Dates”

INTER ARMA Shares ‘An Archer In The Emptiness’ Live Performance Video


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

Richmond, Virginia’s dynamic progressive sludgers Inter Arma recently visited the old Byrd Park Pump House in Richmond and rendered an intense performance.     Continue reading “INTER ARMA Shares ‘An Archer In The Emptiness’ Live Performance Video”

Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites

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

Oh, where to start… first off, Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker is essentially a walking mountain (literally and figuratively) of heavy musical knowledge.  Anyone that’s talked with him can attest to this.  One look at his ‘Old-School Sunday’ column and you’re delving into his musical memory.    Continue reading “Riff Relevant 2017 Releases – (Staff) PAT ‘RIOT’ WHITAKER Shares 25 LP / 25 EP Favorites”

IRON REAGAN / GATECREEPER Split Coming; Each Streams New Song As Both Prep January Tours


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

RVA’s crossover alchemists Iron Reagan and Arizona death metallers Gatecreeper have united for a new split album release.    Continue reading “IRON REAGAN / GATECREEPER Split Coming; Each Streams New Song As Both Prep January Tours”

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

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(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”

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”

THE OBSESSED Announce US Fall Headline Tour + Support For CLUTCH / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Run; Video Of Acoustic Performance Shared


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

Capitalizing on the huge embrace and critical success of their long awaited studio return “Sacred“, The Obsessed will tour the U.S. again this fall. The headlining tour will begin September 27th in Asheville, North Carolina and end October 27th in Baltimore, Maryland. Direct support will be provided by Cobalt and Iron Tongue on select dates. A full list of tour dates is available near the bottom of this page.  Continue reading “THE OBSESSED Announce US Fall Headline Tour + Support For CLUTCH / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Run; Video Of Acoustic Performance Shared”

IRON MONKEY Premiere Official Video For ‘9-13’ Title Track

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

As was recently reported (here) at Riff Relevant, the UK’s underground cult sludge legends Iron Monkey have returned! That return comes almost twenty years after they originally disbanded and does so with new blood within the cast. Band co-founders S. Watson (bass) and J. Rushby (guitar/vocals) are now joined by drummer S. Briggs. Continue reading “IRON MONKEY Premiere Official Video For ‘9-13’ Title Track”