TARPIT ORCHESTRA ‘Songs About Dragons’ EP Review & Stream


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

Finland’s TARPIT ORCHESTRA return to the stoner/hard rock radar with their newly-released three song EP, “Songs About Dragons“. Continue reading “TARPIT ORCHESTRA ‘Songs About Dragons’ EP Review & Stream”

RECKER ‘Manifest Destiny’ Album Review & Stream


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

From Vancouver, WA. comes something we could use a lot more of here in the United States, a true, dyed-in-the-wool, traditional metal band, RECKER. Continue reading “RECKER ‘Manifest Destiny’ Album Review & Stream”

GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST ‘Chapter II: Of Earth’ Album Dual Review & Stream; Appearing At Heavy Mash Fest II

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

San Diego’s GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST recently released their highly-anticipated second album, the aptly titled “Chapter II: Of Earth“, via Totem Cat Records. Continue reading “GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST ‘Chapter II: Of Earth’ Album Dual Review & Stream; Appearing At Heavy Mash Fest II”

VICTUS ‘Sacrifice’ EP Review & Stream

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

From across the pond comes the Portsmouth, U.K.-based VICTUS and their newly-issued debut release, the “Sacrifice” EP. Continue reading “VICTUS ‘Sacrifice’ EP Review & Stream”

RIVERS OF GORE S/T Album Review & Stream

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

Once upon a time in Mexico… in Méx., Mexico to be exact, there existed a trio of musicians that were determined to laugh in the face of Death. Continue reading “RIVERS OF GORE S/T Album Review & Stream”

DYGORA ‘Chambers Of Reflection’ EP Review & Stream; Live Dates Incl. Everloud Japan & UK Slam Fest

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

The U.K.’s DYGORA have independently released their debut EP, “Chambers Of Reflection“, a mere handful of weeks ago. Continue reading “DYGORA ‘Chambers Of Reflection’ EP Review & Stream; Live Dates Incl. Everloud Japan & UK Slam Fest”

BLACK HELIUM ‘Primitive Fuck’ Album Review & Stream

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

I was immediately enthralled upon first discovering London’s BLACK HELIUM a couple of months ago. Continue reading “BLACK HELIUM ‘Primitive Fuck’ Album Review & Stream”

SUN VOYAGER ‘Seismic Vibes’ Album Review & Stream

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

Riff Relevant gets quite inundated with submissions for review (we are not complaining, of course).  Sometimes some things might get missed… for a bit. Continue reading “SUN VOYAGER ‘Seismic Vibes’ Album Review & Stream”

WÖLFBLOOD ‘Nightriders’ EP Review & Stream [NYP Item]


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

Every so often, any fan of non-mainstream music needs something to really fire them up, something that exudes unbridled, metallic ferocity. Continue reading “WÖLFBLOOD ‘Nightriders’ EP Review & Stream [NYP Item]”

Oldschool Sunday: CANCER [Join Peaceville Records For Upcoming 2018 Album]

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

British death metal band CANCER first formed in 1988. Over the course of their career, they have released five studio albums and broke up on at least two occasions. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: CANCER [Join Peaceville Records For Upcoming 2018 Album]”

ANCESTORS ‘Suspended In Reflections’ Review [Select Track Streams]; Joining ELDER On Fall EU. Tour


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

Some bands strike such an impactful, uniquely resonating chord within us, for whatever reason that might be. Trying to decipher such a cause and effect would be akin to counting the individual grains of sand on any given beach. Continue reading “ANCESTORS ‘Suspended In Reflections’ Review [Select Track Streams]; Joining ELDER On Fall EU. Tour”

INTERCOURSE ‘Everything Is Pornography When You’ve Got An Imagination’ Album Review & Stream

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

New Haven, Connecticut’s INTERCOURSE originally landed on our radar back in October of 2017, via a Split release with N.C.’s The Asound [REVIEW]. Continue reading “INTERCOURSE ‘Everything Is Pornography When You’ve Got An Imagination’ Album Review & Stream”

BLISSFUL STREAM ‘Dead Religious’ EP Review & Stream


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

Crushing, dense compositions channeling melancholy, bleakness, and despair for the most part? Nailed it. Continue reading “BLISSFUL STREAM ‘Dead Religious’ EP Review & Stream”

Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – July 2018

(By Brian Halsey, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

The first installment of my Rogue Reviews went exactly as you’d expect. It went viral. Four billion ‘Likes’ worldwide. Mark Zuckerberg thought he was hacked. Lemmy came back from the dead just to comment on it. Shoobies stopped feeding the seagulls and driving like assholes. And McDonald’s brought back the Mcrib; permanently.    Continue reading “Halsey’s Rogue Reviews – July 2018”

ROYAL THUNDER, WITCH MOUNTAIN, ALMUTEN Live [Asheville, N.C. 7/23/18]


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

Monday, July 23, 2018, would see an incredible one-off gig featuring ROYAL THUNDER, WITCH MOUNTAIN, and ALMUTEN – playing The Mothlight in Asheville, N.C. Continue reading “ROYAL THUNDER, WITCH MOUNTAIN, ALMUTEN Live [Asheville, N.C. 7/23/18]”